Battlefields of the First World War: A Traveller's Guide Hardcover – 7 Oct 1993
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A travellers Guide
Mons, Ypres, Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, the Somme....The names are no less poignant three quarters of a century on, and the emotional pull of the physical reminders of the First World War is undiminished.
This fascinating book provides detailed accounts of the fifteen most significant battles of the First World War and the events that preceeded them. Aided by maps and quotations, it may be read at home as a continuous guide, dipped into at any time for informartion via the index or simply kept as a reminder of past visits to the sites described.
At each historic site the Holts describe the events leading up to the battle, the aims and tactics of the commanders and the action itself. They then provide detailed directions for a manageable tour of the battlefield, taking in all the significant landmarks and reminders of what took place, from key fortifications and trench lines to scenes of crucial turning points and outstanding acts of courage.
Tonie and Valmai Holt have produced a remarkable book, which is both a practical guide for visitors to the sites as well as a moving and sensitive response to the harrowing evidence of the sadness and sacrifice, the horror and the heroism of "the war to end all wars". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I used this book as the only guide for a tour round the Somme, Vimy and Ypres battlefields and it served well. Although it led me round the principle monuments and cemetries, if you want to explore the battles in more detail, you'd need another source.
The maps and directions are adequate but you need a detailed road map of the areas as well.
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Commemorating my ancestors who paid the ultimate price in the First World War.Published 20 months ago by Donald Allen