Battlefield touring has increased beyond all expectations in the quarter of a century since Toni and Valmai Holt operated their first ever guided tour to the trenches and historical sites of France and Flanders in June 1977. Much of the growth in interest over the years can be attributed to the publication of the now famous Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guides - the best selling, exceptionally detailed and superbly illustrated books, that anyone studying, or touring the battlefields, should not be without!
Each splendid volume includes a great deal of fascinating information, where historical fact is coupled with informed opinion . Full colour photographs, excellent maps and diagrams together with details of war cemeteries and memorials and useful tourist information (how to get there, where to stay and places to eat etc.) is included. With the easy to follow battlefield tour itineraries also featured, the reader is guided around the battlefields, through the countryside as well as villages, towns and cities, that are linked with battles and major actions of either the Great or Second World Wars.
This latest publication and its companion volume "The Western Front - South", are valuable additions to the existing titles in the series, which includes Ypres, The Somme, Gallipoli, Normandy Landings and Operation Market Garden. Much up to date information has been added, especially up dated maps together with information on recent developments, where new sites of historical significance have been found.
For the family history researcher, battlefield tourist, military historian, battlefield guide, student of military history or armchair enthusiast, this book certainly represents excellent value for money!