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on 7 April 2014
The impressive research by Paul Kendall on the details of every important episode in this battle, on the fortunes of the British units engaged, and on the lives (and deaths) of a huge number of individual combatants, make this book valuable reading for anyone visiting the battlefield or wishing to learn about the part played by the British army in this important early engagement. The brief biographies he has assembled of the many soldiers at every level who played a distinctive part in the fighting are particularly instructive. The facts are presented with a laconic dispassion which adds to their poignancy, just as the fighting is described in an objective and unsensational manner which nonetheless leaves the reader in no doubt about the shock suffered by the small British army. Paul Kendall brings out clearly how the BEF, despite being a professional force, was unprepared and underequipped, especially in artillery, for the scale of casualties or the form of fighting, trench warfare, in which it became inexorably engaged. The book achieves the difficult task of combining a host of detailed events and individual accounts into a coherent picture of an important military engagement.

David Miers (grandson of a casualty)
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on 21 June 2012
Paul Kendall's book `Aisne 1914: The Dawn of Trench Warfare' is the first serious study of the battle where the first trenches of the Western Front were created. Meticulously researched, Kendall recreates the battle in great detail. Interspersing his historical narrative in conjunction with personal testimonies, reports from war diaries, material from regimental museums and contemporary newspapers from that period he brings the experience of the BEF during the days of 1914 alive to today's generation, nearly a century after the battle was fought. Copiously illustrated with then and now photos of the battlefield to support the text, Kendall pays tribute to many of the men who fought and in some cases died during that battle by featuring their photos with accompanying biographies. The book concludes with extensive lists of those listed as missing or buried in the various cemeteries in the Chemin des Dames region. This exhaustively researched ground breaking book follows on from his previous two books `Zeebrugge 1918' and `Bullecourt 1917' and is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in World War One and the beginning of trench warfare
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on 14 July 2013
Great read and most informative. I have learnt what my Great Great Uncle must have gone through in France and where he is buried.
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on 18 January 2016
Book gives considerable detail on this important yet not widely known area of conflict, including clarification of information handed down through the years by members of the family.
Book arrived a few days early, and it was in very good condition.
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on 23 July 2012
First class research is the essential element that allows the reader to understand this fragment of the "War to end all Wars".
On the back of reading this book I have taken the time to read this guy's other works. His passion for detail and ability's as a natural storyteller shine through.
An essential read for those with an interest in understanding one facet of the tragedy that was the Great War.
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on 1 August 2014
Useful research information.
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on 7 July 2012
This is another excellent book by Mr Kendall. Just like his previous 2 publications the quality of the research is excellent. What I like is the way the book relates to individuals as well as the theme which comes together in another powerful and thought provoking read. Well done another top publication.
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on 3 July 2012
I nearly always buy the Hardback version. I like the feel, easier layout and readability over the paperback. I opened in horror at the layout, double column, small feint print. What was the point in me buying a hardback version.

As for the content, cannot tell you yet, the layout is going to make it hard going.
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