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West Point Atlas for the Great War (West Point Military History) (West Point Military History) Paperback – 1 May 2004

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World War I marked the end of the old military order and the beginning of the era of mechanized warfare. This is a thorough examination of the campaigns of the war to end all wars. It analyzes the development of military theory and practice from the prewar period of Bismark s Prussia to the creation of the League of Nations."

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Detailed maps of all fronts in World War I, essential reference for understanding the incredible lack of movement. 8 Dec. 2013
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on
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This book is an atlas only, so any strategies and tactics the reader gleans from it will have to be from the maps and the brief annotations in terms of front lines, markings with the names of units and arrows describing the direction they moved. The book opens with two maps, one that shows the European colonies around the world and the second that has the European political boundaries in 1914. The last two maps are of the European political boundaries after the war as well and one of the world showing the political alignment after re-allocation of the former Central Powers colonies.
The maps are quite detailed in marking the territorial gains and losses after a major battle; one very important feature is that the major rail lines are given on the maps. It should come as no surprise that many offensives either followed a rail line or took place near a rail hub.
Another valuable feature is that maps of the battles in Mesopotamia and Palestine are also included. These two fronts are often ignored in histories of the First World War, yet what happened then is still having major repercussions 100 years later. The Arab revolt aided by T. E. Lawrence attacked rail lines, from the map of the few rail lines the Ottoman Empire had constructed in the Palestinian area, you can see why that was so important.
Looking at the map of the front in France in 1914 and then later in 1918 one fact is made starkly clear. That was not a war over the gain or loss of territory, it was a war of attrition, where the number of the combat casualties was what mattered, not the land or resources acquired.
This is the atlas used in the history classes at West Point and is a supplement to the textbook of the same name. Used in tandem, the reader is given an excellent introduction to how this war was fought as modern industrial states for the first time carried out the business of war. It is now on my shelf of essential reference materials.
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West Point Maps 3 Feb. 2013
By Charles Fred Smith - Published on
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If you are a true military historian, you love maps. I have used the West Point maps from their web site for years but finally got the spiral bound book. It is great to read history with the map by your side to understand the terrain features that frequently determined the battle outcome. Highly recommended by a retired general.
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Good for class or hobby use 29 Dec. 2011
By M.Jacobsen - Published on
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I bought this to help me visualize the battles of WWI for a WWI class I'm taking at university. It worked well for this. If you have an interest in World War I, I would suggest coupling these maps with the Keegan book (I don't care for Strachan's book) or couple it with some of the good DVD sets about the war. It helps you visualize the landscape of the battles and the tactics used, especially if, like me, you don't have any personal military background.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful maps; good companion book for reading 4 Jun. 2013
By Magnitude - Published on
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On its own, I found the maps in this book to be very helpful while reading other books. I've frequently turned to it while reading a paperback version of "The Guns of August," for example. And while some narrative books have their own maps, they can often be inadequate or just hard to read.

With the large, spiral-bound format of this book, you can study the maps and troop movements carefully. The "major" theaters are covered (France, Italy, the Eastern Front, the Middle East), and the focus is on land campaigns.

Just a note before buying: This book does not include any explanatory text. You'll need a companion "West Point" book for that (which, if I get it, I'll review separately).
Five Stars 4 July 2015
By Staci Carper - Published on
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Great book and in excellent condition.
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