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5.0 out of 5 stars What an absolutely priceless gem!, 18 Jan. 2009
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- Provides a detailed guide to the background and conduct of the conflict on the Eastern Front, up to and including the Russian Civil War and the Russo-Polish War.
- Illustrated with over 200 stunning images, detailing the fighting men, their equipment, weaponry and the commanders of both sides.
- Contains over 20 full-color maps describing the major battles and campaigns, from Tannenberg and the Masurian Lakes through to the Battle of Warsaw in 1920.
- Describes the initial German and Russian successes on the Eastern Front, the 'Great Retreat' of 1915, the renewed optimism of the following year, the two revolutions of 1917 and the Bolshevik struggle against the White Russian forces and the newly-created Polish state.
The History of World War I series is a six-volume military history of the 1914-1918 conflict.

When I open a book like this, the first thing that strikes me is the graphics,...or lack of them.

THIS BOOK SMACKS YOU IN THE EYE WITH ITS GRAPHICS; THEY ARE SUPERB, OUTSTANDING (sorry about the capitals but there is no facility for italics).

Beautifully simple but exquisitly informstive colour maps; they tell the story almost by themselves (my only quibble might be that there could be more of them, but then I'm a 'map person'). Very well chosen photographs and illustrations. The photos must have been digitally 'cleaned up' but they are so well chosen and of such quality you can actually believe yourself able to step inside them. The book would be worth many times its asking price just for the photo collection.

The balance of photos, maps and text is well nigh perfect. The story is told simply but with just enough enthusiasm to keep you wanting more, with just enough detail to make sense. It is almost a narration. The written style is modern enough for a young readership, yet also very appropriate for a more mature readership. The illustrations of equipment used are graphically superb. You just want to get into it either from beginning to end or just to dip in. The is the kind of book that introducesyou to history, any kind of history, and you are hooked.

The WW1 Eastern Front finally gets the book it deserves. For almost 100 years WW1 was, for Western readers, exclusively trenches and 'over the top', Somme, Ypres, Paschendael, etc. Thousands dying for a few yards, a mile or two of ground, day after day. A remorseless grind of horrifying absurdity.For Western readers.

For Russians, Eastern Europeans, and the Germans who fought in the East, it was another war entirely. For almost 100 years, this war has been ignored as if it never happened - until now. Fortunately, since the Fall of the Wall and the '90s, awareness of the Russian/Eastern European 'part' in European history, esp. the World Wars has been growing in both East and West. This book is a very fine consequence of this.

Once you have enjoyed this eye-opener, my suggestion would be to go to 'Battles East: A History of the Eastern Front of the First World War' (Paperback) by G. Irving Root. Hardly any graphics but more detail in the text. Finally, for an 'alternative viewpoint' go to the classic 'The Eastern Front 1914-17'by Norman Stone. Some of it (by the authors own admission) is almost unreadable, but, with a background from the first two books, it is possible to extract some interesting insights from Prof. Stone's work.

My God, I wish all introductions to history were written like this...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of the Eastern front., 27 April 2014
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M. Sharp (england) - See all my reviews
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The problem with the eastern front in WW1 is that it is a very fluid situation. This book give a good overview of a difficult subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 10 July 2014
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Excellent insight to the war conducted on the Eastern Front
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good read, 13 May 2014
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PRANDONI NICOLA (Milano, MI Italy) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Eastern Front 1914 - 1920 (History of World War I) (Hardcover)
very nice book.
maybe a little light on what's happening after 1918, which may not be the main subject, but still could better complete the issue.
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