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This review is from: The Somme: The Untold Story in Never Before Seen Panorama (Hardcover)
The First World War remains an enigmatic conflict, lacking any sensible rationale for the staggering bloodletting and destruction of resources. Visiting the sites of the war today finds a modern landscape, which is often hard to reconcile with the contemporary images. The genius of Peter Barton's book is the juxtaposition of the front line panoramas with the present day. It allows the interested observer to match up the views on the ground and get a feeling of what went on a hundred years ago. The narrative is also intensely moving, sometimes almost too much to read it is so affecting. One surprising aspect is how ordinary the front lines look; white scars concealing industrial death. A must-have book for all visits to the Somme in the forthcoming commemoration.