Best known for his BBC series presentations in War Walks
and War Walks II
, military history buff Richard Holmes chronicles the bloodiest days of World War I in The Western Front
. This detailed compendium covers everything from how the front was created and the British Army in France, to the battle of Verdun and the last Hundred Days of the war. Those put off by lengthy historical accounts will find comfort in Holmes' concise layout and heartfelt narrative. What's more, it's filled with photos, illustrations, diagrams, maps and quotations that give needed imagery to a highly complex and inhuman four years of history. As in the words of one French solider who was not able to distinguish "if the mud were flesh or the flesh were mud."
Of the 947,000 allied soldiers who died during the war, 750,000 died on the front; 128 000 are missing. Holmes captures the scale and intensity of the Great War and never lets you forget the human price: "As we now are, so once were they; as they now are, so must we be. Let us remember them all, not with bravado or bombast, but with the respect that their sacrifice demands." --Ida Kulest
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Of the myriad accounts available, few are better than Holmes: authoritative, concise, wide-ranging and readable; it is hard to see how it can be bettered. -- Nigel Jones, BBC History Magazine