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An Officer's Manual of the Western Front 1914-1918 [Hardcover]

Edited by Dr Stephen Bull
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20 Sep 2008
Many people have the idea that the 'Great War' on the Western Front was simple, if ghastly, to fight - with few tactics, and unbroken, monotonous, trench lines as the main feature of the battlefield. In such a scenario soldiers with rifles and bayonets charging each other in blind obedience to stupid repetitious orders are imagined as archetypal of battle. Though undeniably bloody the war was in fact a ferment of new ideas and new weapons. Gas, flame throwers, super-heavy artillery, concrete bunkers, tanks, aircraft and other innovations were all introduced, whilst older notions such as barbed wire, machine guns and armour took on a new lease of life.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Conway; First Edition edition (20 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844860728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844860722
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Museum curator and university external examiner Dr Stephen Bull studied at the University of Wales, and worked at the BBC and National Army Museum in London. Now Curator of Military History and Archaeology for Lancashire County Museums he has curated exhibitions, completed an MBA, and been elected to the Institute for Archaeologists. Published in a variety of languages on both sides of the Atlantic he has been listed for the Portico Prize for Literature. For 2014 he is working on a photo volume of the Western Front, to be published in US and European editions, and available from 19 July here on Amazon.

Stephen has made many TV and radio appearances including the series 'Battlefield Detectives' and 'Instruments of Death', both shown internationally, and the BBC 'One Show'. His book of the Channel 4 series 'Last War Heroes', is available in North American, UK and Norwegian editions. The series took Canadian Screen Award for 'best history' under its US title 'D-Day to Victory' in 2013. A consultant to the University of Oxford, Stephen has assisted in the creation of a European database to document the individual experience of the First World War through archives, photographs, and objects. The photograph shows Stephen (right) with Lorenz Andraes at the German National Library, 'DNB', Frankfurt.

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Dr Stephen Bull is the Curator of the Museum of Lancashire in Preston. He has written two major volumes on arms and armour and bestselling volumes on Trench Warfare and World War II Infantry Tactics. He lives in Preston.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Workings of WW1 Military Tactics 12 May 2011
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This is an excellent book, for WW1 history students or those interested in miltary studies. It reveals the tactics and training for infantry officers and their men and explains how those developed as the war rolled on. Also given are diagrams and descriptions of how the military engineering of field arrangements (trenches, redoubts, artillery positions, etc.) were designed, built and maintained.

Terminology and thinking has changed in the past century but this little book really helps understand the thinking, planning and training that our grandfathers and great grandfathers gained in their service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WW1 details laid out 7 Dec 2013
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A very interesting look at the requirements laid out for trench warfare, for those interested in WW1 this is a must to understand what officers had to know, and what troops had to do to maintain a 'safe' operating area in front line trenches. Nice book, illustrated and with detailed descriptions of building strong points and defences. Good value for money..!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
If you are fascinated by this time period or have an interest in the military, I would definately recommend this book. It gives a compelling insight into the beuracracy behind a war that not only changed the direction of World affairs but also brought with it a modernised, mechanised style of warfare.

It's filled with tactical information on troop advancements, Advice on trench construction with indepth diagrams, troop training, artillary, Machine gun use and even a section on games to aid grenade skills.

All in all, a fascinating reference book :o)
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! 21 Oct 2011
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Really good compilation of several 'Great War' manuals and handbooks. Good value too! Thoroughly recommend this to anyone interested in the First World War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for my research 17 April 2014
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The mind boggles at the quantity of information in this book. It has answered so many of the questions I had when I began to research the Great War for my own fictionalised account. An invaluable book for anybody interested in the details of the war, or for any author wanting an in-depth approach the subject .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 12 Nov 2013
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A look at a bygone age and how necessity brought about rapid change. useful for anyone interested in the period.
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