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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latest and best of his WW1 series,
Richard Holmes is well known as a military historian who can not only make the details of military campaigns intelligible, but can recognise the human stories beneath. There is little in terms of campaign detail. There is not that much that is especially original, either. But these are trivial matters compared with the book's place as in my opinion one of the best annotated photo albums about WW1. Enormous knowledge is worn lightly; the choice of photos is without exception excellent, with most them having appeared rarely if at all before. The greatest strength is that Holmes teaches us (without seeming to do so) how to read photos of WW1 and probably all conflicts, drawing us into the detail of the picture with warmth and humanity. Highly recommended even at full price.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shots from the Front: The British Soldier 1914-18,
A typically excellent volume from Richard Holmes as one would expect. With his encyclopaedic knowledge of the First World War his detailed interpretation of the images extracts a wealth of detail and exposes the hidden facets bringing out the real meaning behind the photograph.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be compulsory reading at secondary school,
I found this book very interesting (superb value, possibly underpriced!) and the photos and commentary text are very readable; my interest was maintained throughout. The shots used are unusual, and many are of the less dramatic side to war- the sitting about, rations, casualty evacuation and the logistical side. There are also some less pleasant subject matters shown.
Richard Holmes also makes those very engaging battlefield documentaries and he's got a way with words too. This should be compulsory reading at secondary school, everyone should be aware of some the potential realities of war, and WW1 in particular.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Balanced Picture,
Richard Holmes was one of the great authorities on the British Army, especially in respect of the Western Front of the First World War. This book, one of his last, is a fitting summary of that lifelong interest.It mixes a wealth of really interesting photographs with a very down to earth portrait of everyday life there.There is a tendency to-day to see the western front as a scene of unmitigated and unrelenting horror from which no one emerged other than as a shattered wreck. Whilst clearly true for some of the time and for some of those involved it is too glib an explation. Somehow most of those engaged muddled through and for some it was the defining experience of their lives, and not necessarily in a negative way.This is a balanced and sober summary that gives a poignant and fascinating insight into what it was really like for the generally very young men who fought in the First World War. Highly recommended.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Par for the course for Holmes,
The usual high standard we have come to expect from Richard Holmes, a fascinating collection of photos telling the story of WW1 from all theatres of war not just the Western Front. I just wonder what we can expect next.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ww1a history,
Richard Holmes is an outstandig historian on the two world wars. This book deals with the first and gives an insight into the minds of the brave men who fought.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating.,
A fascinating pictorial view of WW1 life. As usual Richard Holmes is entertaining and shows us some of the lesser known facts of the campaign. I loved it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fathers day gift.,
I bought this for my dad for fathers day.He is a WW1 buff.He was flicking through it and we found a photo of my great grandfather at the front on the Somme.So it was a great gift with family history to boot!
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Shots from the Front: The British Soldier 1914-18 by Richard Holmes (Paperback - 2 Sep 2010)