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A Serious Book for the Seriously Interested
on 11 August 2009
I bought this shortly before a trip to the battlefields late in 2008, thinking it would make suitable reading while away. I was wrong, not least since this is a very big, very heavy book. Definitely one to be sat before at a table and considered seriously.
So, no field-spotter's guide, but an amazingly revealing and informative reference book which has captivated me for many hours since my return.
It is almost impossible to envisage what that part of the world was like during the war by visiting it today, even on a cold, damp and misty November. However, this book and the panoramas it contains help you mentally overlay the contemporary scene and glimpse into the alien world millions of men fought and died in.
As with so much about the First World War, it comes as a shock, especially driving across today's customs-less borders, to think that so much effort and life was wasted doing little more than moving mud about.
Highly recommended, especially to those wishing to go beyond the usual history book format.