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An Officer's Manual of the Western Front 1914-1918 Hardcover – 20 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Conway; First Edition edition (20 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844860728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844860722
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,362 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 completed an MBA, and been elected Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. Published in a variety of languages on both sides of the Atlantic he was listed for the Portico Prize for Literature. His latest book 'The Old Front Line' is published in the UK and US, and now translated into Dutch.

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Cartwright on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Born in 47 on 17 Oct. 2014
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Bought it for my wife ,who uses it to show ,interested schoolchildren, of what the WW1 officers were told to do , and what was expected. quite interesting .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D.D.Smith on 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 By L. Johnson on 1 April 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on 15 Nov. 2014
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Bought second hand but it was immaculate. The content is good and shows the development of the tactics and the employment of a junior officer in the Great War. Nice reference book or gift to a military buff.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Stansfield on 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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By Bookgeek on 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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Wakefield on 28 May 2011
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what does a young subaltan need to know when he joins his regiment how much feed for the horses?, for the men? what kit should they have? how do you build an incinerator to keep your area clean? enquire within their is more to being an officer than simply saying follow me and marching into no mans land with your walking stick this book was designed to help them.
90 years later it shows us a world even modern soldiers find difficult to grasp

not light reading but for any student of WW1 it should be required reading.
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