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Mapping the First World War: The Great War through maps from 1914-1918 (Imperial War Museum) [Hardcover]

Peter Chasseaud , The Imperial War Museum
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24 Oct 2013 Imperial War Museum

Follow the conflict of the World War 1 from 1914-1918 through a unique collection of historical maps, expert commentary and photographs. Published in association and including mapping from the archives of the Imperial War Museums.

Over 150 maps demonstrating how the Great War was fought around the world.

Types of maps featured:
• Small scale maps showing country boundaries and occupied territories
• Large-scale maps covering the key battles and offensives on all fronts of the war
• Trench maps showing detailed positions of the front line
• Maps from newspapers, battle planning and propaganda

Key offensives covered include:
• The Battles of the Marne and Ypres
• Tannenberg and the Eastern Front
• Verdun and the Somme
• The Gallipoli Campaign
• Battle of Jutland
• The Advances to Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad
• Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele
• German 1918 offensives and Allied counter-offensives
• Battle of Jutland

Along with the maps, key historical events are described, giving an illustrated history of the war from an expert historian.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (24 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007522207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007522200
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 22.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A visual feast for the eyes" All About History

"This book should be high on the list of any serious reader with a general interest in the First World War. For those interested in the history of military mapping, it is essential." Military History Monthly

“the appeal of this richly illustrated work lies in the maps – barrage maps, diagrams of "battlefield geometry" for artillery, diagrams showing the elevation of craters made by exploding mines, and pioneering aerial photography.” Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian

“A fascinating collection… All those who love studying maps will thoroughly enjoy tracing the conflict as it unfolded.” This is England Magazine

“Of the many publications appearing to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, this book must stand above the crowd, offering a fascinating new angle on the subject.” Your Family Tree

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The Great war through maps from 1914 to 1918

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Maps 25 Oct 2013
By Dr Barry Clayton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
As a former soldier I am all too aware of the importance of good accurate maps. They are vital.
In the avalanche of books on the Great War those that deal with maps are very rare. In fact there are, in English, only 5 or 6 that can be recommended. This is one.

The author describes every suitable scale that was used in the war, highlighting their merits. Trench maps are fascinating. The crucial maps used by the artillery for ranging and target acquisition are discussed and described in great detail.

Chasseaud covers all the campaign theatres from the Western Front to Macedonia to Palestine. The war at sea is not forgotten nor the air war. He explains how the great improvement in literacy enabled people to read maps in order to locate themselves and to recognise land forms. As a result, demand for maps by 1900 increased significantly. Maps were produced for cyclists, Boy Scouts, the TA, car owners and flyers.

New printing technology is described. Powered presses and offset printing developed apace after 1910. As the war was an industrial war -the Germans called the Somme battle the Materialschlacht-mass production spread to maps. Many maps were used for propaganda. Information was manipulated and fed to newspapers. In part
this was to boost army morale. In 1918 over 1 million such maps were produced to show our front line for the benefit of the Germans! Many were air droppedover enemy lines. As Lt Col Jack said:'A map is a weapon'. It was
a crucial element in the search for intelligence , the order of battle and defence dispositions. As indirect fire by
artillery became the norm careful survey by triangulation became essential to fix positions and provide accurate
lne of fire.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I've instantly returned my purchase so can't comment on the text which may well be brilliant. I was looking forward to reading but I committed to the purchase price for the maps. Shame that the comments I read forgot to mention that many of the maps have no detail. Zooming in the placenames are largely unreadable, everything is a fuzz, awful. This is true of all the large maps in the first few chapters. Some of the smaller maps are zoomable so that you can read placenames but overall and given quite a hefty price this is a poor show for the digital version. In my view the maps should have been scanned again for the digital version so that they are viewable as maps or the publicity for the book should clarify that the maps are illustrated but not included as maps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good - it leaves you wanting more 10 Jan 2014
As a layman with a keen interest in history, I was attracted to this book as I thought it would give me a more dispassionate overview of the War, expecting a mass of emotion, documentaries and the like in this centenary year. Well, Dr Chasseaud certainly delivers - a magnificently assembled, presented and described collection which interweaves historical, military, propaganda and geographical themes through high quality scholarship. I particularly appreciated the coverage of the (to me) less well-known 1918 campaigns, culminating in the evocative map showing the Order of Battle in Northern France dated 11am on the 11th November. Highly recommended as a companion to other books or TV documentaries, and if, as other reviewers suggest, there are other facets (e.g. mud maps) which haven't been featured in the book, I'm up for a second volume!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed 7 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This isn't bedtime reading. It's an in-depth examination of maps in all shapes and sizes from the whole of the conflict. Extremely informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very comprehensive work 14 April 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This publication lives up to all my expectations. Fascinating maps with complementary photographs, all set in context. A long term reference which will continue to provide enjoyable reading
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 11 April 2014
By Ed G
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In my opinion a quality book from the Imperial War Museum on a very interesting aspect of World War 1. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 10 Feb 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have already used the National Records to obtain maps of some parts of the western front that I have studied more closely. Here is an opportunity to see more. Extremely interesting. A recommended buy for anyone with an interest in the period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Map book 1 Feb 2014
By Deaks
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Bought as a present. My brother is following WW1 and this details the area maps. very good if you read maps and you want to go and see the places in france. Or if maps and detail intrest you
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Complements any study of the First World War
Should you ever need to present you research on a battle of the First World War you will need a map or maps to illustrate the narrative - this, though selectively, will do the job. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jonathan F. Vernon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent informative book
Published 1 month ago by Me
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I'd been trying to get a copy of this for a while and finally obtained one through Amazon. The research is amazing, containing a detailed (but necessarily incomplete - as the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Illustrates the Great War from an intriguing new angle
IN Mapping The First World War military cartographer Dr Peter Chasseaud has illustrated how the conflict became, more than any previous conflict, a war of maps. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mark mckay
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully presented work
A lovely book, beautifully presented, by the author of Topography of Armageddon, which it complements very well for students of maps in the Great War. Read more
Published 4 months ago by EricH
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read
This book provides an interesting perspective on various fields of battle during the war from both maps and words. Very worthy book to have on this subject.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars No good for Kindle,PC or Tablet
The maps are not selectable or zoomable and the existing size on Kindle or tablet is not ,in my opinion, large enough. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JG
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely magnificent
A superbly erudite, informative and accurate account of the rapid development of mapping in WW1 which is beautifully presented and superbly printed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MRS M A IRELAND
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