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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Conway Maritime Press; New ed. edition (15 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844862186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844862184
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 2 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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there are maps showing everything from the religious makeup of Croatia to the location of seaplane stations around Britain --Good Book Guide

This book uses contemporary maps to chronicle the conduct of the Great War in an intriguing way. The format allows the reader to dip in and out of the chapters or to enjoy a real map-fest. --Soldier Magazine

About the Author

Simon Forty was educated at Sedbergh School and London University's School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He has been involved in publishing for over three decades and specializes in military history having contributed to a large number of books. He was also general editor of World War I: A Visual Encyclopedia. Simon lives in Devon with his wife and two children.'


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I looked forward to receiving this book which arrived a month later than expected. On opening the book I was bitterly disappointed to see that the maps of the war on the western front were so small as to make them unreadable. Even with a magnifying glass I was unable to pick out place names and rivers. Unreadable maps are simply not fit for purpose.
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By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Jan. 2014
As is common with former servicemen, I retain an abiding interest in British military history. As such I have been frequently disappointed with books and DVDs which purport to cover the subject of WW1 Battlefields. I came to this particular work, however, because it provided a new slant (for me at least) and my overall impression is one of an excellent product.

Two of the most difficult aspects of `Battlefield Tours' are; (A) in seeing a famous battle (Somme, Ypres etc) in a global context and (B) in trying to identify those positions and places which were once the scene of fierce fighting in the light of all the attendant changes brought about by the passing of almost 100 years. All things considered, therefore, a book which shows those battlefield maps - from both perspectives, was long overdue. In addition, the work itself goes much further than one might expect from the title and the reader will soon discover a real treasury of information which covers almost every aspect of WW1 - both at home and abroad.

The `Contents' page commences with an Introduction and ends with an Index of Maps. These being just two of the 100 separate headings with the remainder appearing in chronological order. Far too many to list in a simple review, some examples of the subject matter are (in the order they appear); Religion and Population of Croatia and Slavonia in 1910, Turkey in Europe 1914, German war aims 1914, U-boat positions, the BEF at Mons, the BEF at Aisne, Gallipoli, Defences around London, Vimy Ridge, East Africa, Yugoslavia, Trench Lines, Messines, Ypres, Middle East, German order of battle, German supply and communications systems, Flanders, Successive fronts, Vittorio Veneto, XIV Corps, Royal Engineers 1916 and German Fleet at Scapa Flow 1919.
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I totally agree with the previous review. I could neither read or understand most of the maps in this book, a complete waste of money and I will be returning it to Amazon for a refund.
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Following on from other reviews about this book, please note that even with a powerful magnifying glass it is not possible to read the maps. I have returned mine to Amazon as a result of this.
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There are tens of thousands, of not hundreds of thousands of maps emanating from the First World War so to have any appeal a book such as this has to have a broad reach and appeal - it does. It is on the one hand an extraordinary curiosity, on the other, it others invaluable insights to actions on all fronts of the conflict. As I have been studying a Masters degree on the First World War this has been my companion allowing me to see exactly where divisions, battalions, even brigades and sometimes individual people were.
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This has got to be the most useless book ever produced! What is the point of an unreadable maps? Someone was in cost cutting mode here and hopefully regrets such a stupid decision. This book is a complete was of money.
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I could not believe how poor this book was. From the description I expected large trench maps and instead I have a book full of useless images which has been on the shelf since the day it arrived and will probably never be looked at again. Oxfam here it comes. I didnt want to give it a star rating on here but have to submit the review. It is a rip off of a book.
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Well illustrated and relevant information which covers a huge amount of ground over the period of World War 1. Easy to read and follow.
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