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In Flanders Fields: The Great War Seen from the Air, 1914-1918 (Mercatorfonds) Hardcover – 10 Jan 2014


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  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (10 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030019658X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300196580
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Splendid ... chilling ... Publishers are flooding the market with books describing various aspects of [the Great War]. But none of them can surpass this book's visual explanation."-Anthony Brandt (blog review) -- Anthony Brandt Completely Out of My Mind "Stichelbaut and Chielens offer a meticulous work based on careful examination of WWI aerial photographs taken in Flanders, in northern Belgium. This volume investigates how the war, in all of its tragic dimensions, destroyed, modified, and altered features of the terrestrial topography and landscape."-P.D. Thomas, CHOICE -- P.D. Thomas CHOICE "The photographs collected in [this] book give modern readers a new perspective on the war... Even from a thousand feet in the air, it's a crushing thing to see."-Nick Stockton, Wired -- Nick Stockton Wired

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Birger Stichelbaut is a postdoctoral researcher based in the department of archaeology, Ghent University, Belgium. Piet Chielens is coordinator of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greyman on 12 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a huge book with a large price tag. Not everyone's' cup of tea but if you have an interest in the Great War this is certainly one for your book shelf. It is basically hundreds of photos from the war from Flanders - mostly they are arial photos but there are lots of other photos too from the ground. Most of the photos are new to me and I have a lot of books. The book really comes into its own in the way that it explains what can be quite confusing photos. Many of the pictures have tracing paper overlays bound into the book that give positions of trenches and other features such as mine craters. Also, key features are explained using grid references. This really makes studying the photos much easier. The expanse of the photos really brings home the scale of events; the shadows of the soldiers training, the barbed wire, train wagons and buildings such as tank sheds all serve to remind the reader that there were millions of men on the ground down below. Full marks to the authors and publisher as they may have produced a landmark book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Re Pigram on 22 May 2014
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Hundreds of aerial photographs of the Ypres Salient during The Great War, many with transparent overlays giving notes of the photographs.

A must for anyone particularly interested in this area during WW1.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr.M.J.Boyers on 10 April 2014
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This is the book that all students of the Great War have dreamt of. A beautifully presented book that is worthy of a lifetimes study. The service given by Amazon was excellent
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