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5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the Pile, 25 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Bygone Pilgrimage. Rheims And The Battles For Its Possessionan Illustrated Guide To The Battlefields 1914-1918. (Battle for Possession) (Paperback)
This is not a review of this particular book, it is a review of the whole series of the re-published, faithfull, facsimilies of the Illustrated Michelin Guides To The Battle-Fields (1914 1918). There are many guides to the WW1 battle fields (the Holt's, After The Battle, Battleground Europe) but these guides are top of the list because they were written in 1919, when memories were fresh and the carnage still evident, as can be seen in some of the photographs..

Produced by the Michelin tyre company "In MemoryOf The Michelin Workmen And Employees Who Died Gloriously For There Country", each volume covers a major campaign/battle. There are descriptions of the area covered before, during and after the war, all well illustrated with maps of the battles and unit movements, panoramas of the battlefields and before and after black and white photographs. There are also contemporary maps of tour itineraries to the locations/actions described. One idiosyncrasy, the contents page is atthe back of the guide!

For many years I have owned several original first editions given to me by my late father's employer who was an officer in the Royal Horse Artillery during WW1 and re-visited some of the battlefields at the time of The King's Pilgrimage. Now, thanks to Naval & Military Press I have been able to fill the gaps in my collection. Although originally dating from 1919, these excellen guides are as much a part of the conflct as the places and events they describe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michelin guide to the war-ravaged cathedral city of Rheims,, 25 Aug. 2010
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This review is from: Bygone Pilgrimage. Rheims And The Battles For Its Possessionan Illustrated Guide To The Battlefields 1914-1918. (Battle for Possession) (Paperback)
The book opens with an interesting, brief history of the cathedral city where French kings were traditionally crowned before leading into the Great War. The Germans occupied Rheims for a short time in September 1914 but were forced to withdraw. Thereafter they subjected the town to frequent bombardments throughout the war, inflicting enormous damage on the place; the famous cathedral was badly knocked about. The fighting for the town in 1914 is described as is, briefly, the disastrous French Nivelle offensive of April 1917, the German last fling in July 1918 and the final operations of September-November 1918, all with explanatory maps.There are two itineraries of the town with accompanying street plans, and four tours of the battlefield. The photos are, as usual, of great interest, showing Rheims before and during the war.
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