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The Great War from the Air Then and Now [Hardcover]

Gail Ramsey
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15 Nov 2013
NOVEMBER 15, 2013 The war of 1914-1918 - the 'Great War' as it was called at the time -- left great swathes of northern France and western Belgium almost totally destroyed. The destruction wrought by shell-fire was immeasurable and the ground was churned into miles of waterfilled shell-holes. Complete villages had been razed to the ground and every forest blown to pieces. The former rich arable land had not only been pulverised but was now contaminated with the detritus of war. Trenches,dugouts,thousands of miles of barbed wire,abandoned equipment ,the smashed remains of hundreds of thousands of horses and men and the hidden threat of unexploded shells all created an indescribable landscape.In this book Gail Ramsey sets out to show how the Western Front has been transformed over the past hundred years by juxtaposing aerial photographs, trench maps of the period, with present-day matching comparisons, courtesy of Google Earth. Aerial photography was then in its infancy but it began in earnest in 1915 and thereafter became an essential tool to produce the trench mapping which has now made it possible to pinpoint the precise locations depicted in the photographs taken during the war. Places covered include: Houthulst, Vlamertinghe, Bailleul, Armentieres, Houplines, Wulvergem, Crete des Eparges, Hill 60, Souchez/Cabaret Rouge, Montauban/Carnoy, Hohenzollern Redoubt, Loos-en-Gohelle, Verdun, Sanctuary Wood, Maricourt, Hebuterne, Serre, Beaumont-Hamel, Delville Wood, Fromelles, Pozieres, Siegfried Line, Bellenglise, Agny, Thiepval, Mouquet Farm, Ginchy, Nuremberg Salient, Vermandovillers, Morval, La Bassee Canal, Haisnes, Givenchy-les-la-Bassee, Ornes, Fort de Tavanne, Vaux/Vauquois, Hindenburg Line, Fampoux, Vimy Ridge, Bullecourt, Wytschaete, Oosttaverne, Vierstratt, St Eloi, Spanbroekmolen, Zonnebeke, Passchandaele, Lens, Dury, Cherisy, Polygon Wood/Black Watch Corner, Bapaume, Kemmel, Soyecourt/Lihons, Gheluvelt, Bois de Malancourt, St Quentin Canal, Vigneulles and Dannevoux.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: After the Battle (15 Nov 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1870067819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870067812
  • Product Dimensions: 30.4 x 21.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting Book 4 Jan 2014
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I liked this book a lot the large number of intelligence photos used in the 20th century conflicts I have always thought would be a great source of understanding the battles of this century and finally people are publishing them so people can view them worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 17 April 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book 25 Mar 2014
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The book is well presented and is value for money. Anyone interested in the Western Front of WW1 should find it helpful and interesting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars WW1 from the air 20 Mar 2014
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Of all the WW1 books I have read ( and the number is about 100 ) this ranks in the bottom quartile.

I have many " then and now " compilations but found this hard to follow
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I found the Great War from the Air Then and Now a great help when planning battlefield tours. It gives you a lot of information from studying the 1914-18 maps and photographs and comparing it with the modern maps.
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