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Over the Top: Great Battles Of The First World War Paperback – Oct 2003


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd; Reprint edition (Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184193111X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841931111
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul T Horgan VINE VOICE on 4 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is a very useful addition to any First World War library.

In essence it provides a quite high-level view of the battles that shaped the First World War from start to finish. It is a quick read and does not bog the reader down in detail. So it provides an excellent overview of the conflict.

The benefit is that if you want to get a flavour of say, the Battle of the Somme, you will get it here. Obviously if you want to drill deeper, you will need an additional book or books, but the direct clear writing seen here means that you will gain a clear understanding of the entire conflict and then determine which portions of it you want to explore in detail.

There is a companion volume to this about the Second World War, entitled Turning the Tide, which although by a different writer and publisher uses the same cover design methodology and typeface on the cover. I would recommend both.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Inglis on 20 Jun. 2013
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Theis is a very detailed account of the major battles of WW1 so that you can find out which unit fought where and what casualties they suffered. But if you are looking for an insight into life in the trenches you won't find it here. What you do get is an understanding of the problems faced by the commanders in this conflict. For almost the first time they didn't have a clear overview of a battle and also had extreme difficulty in communicating with the troops as firearm technology had far outstripped communication technology. I found that interesting - I have always regarded Haig as a limited and callous leader, but perhaps there were logistical problems which he struggled to overcome. Overall though I found this book a bit cold and unemotional when dealing with slaughter on this scale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FirstLord on 24 May 2014
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Over The Top is a very useful reference book. I have been researching family history relating to a relative who was killed at Arras. The book gave me an insight into how the battle was conducted and I began to understand the thinking of the generals who sent the men into battle. One important point made in the book was that what happened has to be seen against the background of the time. It is a book that I'll dip into from time to time in the future. One awkward point I've found with the Kindle version is that it is almost impossible to refer to the maps in the book. The maps are necessary to understand how the British, French and German armies moved their troops in relation to each other. You do need printed maps if you have a Kindle version of the book.
The information in the book was well laid out and each battle was described in some detail. Overall a useful book for students of history. The book also confirms the Big Lie, it was not noble to die for your country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MH Dodd on 2 July 2013
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Have read quite a bit on this subject before but found this book seemed to give much more info than I had seen before about the high cost of lives in seemingly futile actions, with full frontal assaults against machine guns that has often been talked about in history books.

I found info on more individual units in this selection of actions, and the cost they paid than I had seen before without having to procure Regimental or Divisional histories, and you realise that the outdated tactics of some high ranking officers cost a great deal while they were miles away from the front, and out of proper communication with what was happening.

Yes, the generals did seem to learn in the end and used more sensible tactics with valuable lives by using creeping barrages while the troops attacked instead of very wasteful long barrages as a pre-cursor to attack, so forwarning the enemy, who waited in deep shelters, then unleashed a fusilade of machine gun fire and artillery that caused very heavy casualties on the attackers.
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Format: Paperback
`Over the top' is a very informative book which discusses in detail the events which led towards the outbreak of the Great War of 1914-1918. The author explains the development of trench warfare on the Western Front and the use of modern artillery, the machine gun and the tank.
In part one, `opening moves' he looks at the Battle of Mons, Marne and the first Battle of Ypres; part two `the static war' looks at Neuve Chappelle, the second Battle of Ypres, the Gallipoli Campaign, the Battle of the Somme, Messines and Passchendaele. Part three, `towards victory' shows us the outcome of the `German Spring offensives' and the attack by the allies.
All in all, this is a very readable little book with maps showing the lines during various stages of the battles, although I personally would have liked more illustrations. But at the end, it is the staggering number of lives lost in battle that touches the heart and the awful conditions those young men and boys had to endure! Fascinating and highly recommended!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Mackenzie on 3 Jan. 2014
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First the positives. The book has lots of insights into the early battles of 1914 and 1915. In fact the early chapters are the best of the entire book and give a real sense of the panic of the early maneuvers and the way the early trenches were built temporarily ready for the next movement forward. The tank battle sections are really good as well which really show why this British invention helped so much to break the stalemate and led to an Allied victory.

The negatives. Surely with only a single page on Verdun you cannot in all seriousness describe this book as "Great Battles of the First World War". The brief reporting on undoubtedly one of the most pivotal battles is then compounded when seemingly almost an entire chapter is dedicated to the minor small scale American victories in 1918. This leaves the reader with a totally unbalanced view of the war as a whole.

A lay reader may use this book to conclude France did very little in the war, Russia weren't involved and that the US won the war almost singlehandedly. The greater Allied industrial output is mentioned almost as a footnote but there is no mention of the naval blockade that crippled Germany both of which had far more effect on the end result than any land battle.

So this book should be called "British Empire and US land battles in the First World War".
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