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Date of Publication: 2005
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Description: 1841197459 First edition. HB. Cloth, and dustjacket, in slipcase. 376pp, landscape format. With 2 CD-Roms inside back cover. Fully illustrated thoughout in great detail, with original b&w photos from the battlefield, including Imperial War Museum panoramas, coloured maps, and some colour photos of the same views today for comparison. Gives a vivid sense of the reality of the western front. Very Good in Very Good jacket, and with Very Good slipcase. Light rubbing to cover edges & jacket edges. Slipcase has light edge wear & marks with tape repair.
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The Battlefields of the First World War Hardcover – 27 Oct 2005

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Constable; First UK Edition edition (27 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841197459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841197456
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 4.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An extraordinary set of panoramic photographs that reveal the battlefields of the Western Front as never before.' -- The Times, November 5, 2005

'Is without doubt the best publication on the Great War in many years it is a superb piece of work.' -- Martin Hornby, Western Front Association

'The book is a magnificent effort and most impressive - one could almost say unique' -- Lyn Macdonald author of 1914 and To The Last Man

A superb historical source. -- Good Book Guide

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Major publishing event - release of a unique, unseen collection of 200 panoramic photographs of the Western Front

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I bought this book a few weeks ago and upon receipt wanted to write a review there and then – it looked that good! Having just finished it I can now comment. What can I say about this wonderful book that hasn’t been covered before in the professional reviews given by acknowledged experts?
Well, I can only give my opinion on what I have seen. I have been studying the western front for over ten years now and have made numerous visits to the battlefields. This book shows them in a completely different light and is revelatory in the utmost. Where many people would imagine there was a sea of mud and shell holes, there are church spires, fields of flowers and often little to show that ‘the war to end all wars’ is going on. Also, to see how the ‘front line’ itself varied through the different geographical and geological areas it passed through from the North Sea down to the Somme is fascinating. Some areas had trenches, some breastworks – it all depended on the ground conditions and water table.
What jumped out at me most in reading this book was how different parts of the front varied from each other. There was always fighting in and around the Ypres salient, yet just a few miles away there was a ‘live and let live’ policy and to read of one officer being so bored with his trench duty that he made a garden in the front line trenches and also hopped on his bicycle and cycled down to view the aftermath of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle was enlightening to say the least!
The vast amount of personal testimony, diaries and letters in this book add immeasurably to the work and provide an explanation to the backdrop of the panoramas. The work involved in cataloguing these panoramas is prodigious (8 years!
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As an amateur WW1 historian and battlefield visitor of more than 25 years standing I cannot enthuse too much about this book. Just when you think that nothing new can be written or printed about WW1 Peter Barton comes along with this masterpiece. Buy it read it and re-read it! The CD-ROMs are also excellent and offer many hours of browsing. In fact the book should come with a warning - "This book is totally addictive and your TV set will become instantly obsolete!"
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Actually I didn't buy it - it was a Christmas present, but having read it I would recommend it to anyone. I wanted it for the pictures of the front where my grandfather served. But in fact it is an extremely well-written, very readable account of the war from a different perspective than most. Rather than being chronological this is geographical, following the battlefields from north to south. Consequently you find out about sections of the front that are often not mentioned in most histories. And the panoramas are simply superb! Truly excellent.
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There is so much information in this book it often defies the reader to take too much on board. Sometimes the photos/dialogue struggle to join together but this is a must have book.
Life in the trenches must have been terrifying & this book just serves to reinforce this.
Any student of WW1 should have this in their bookcase.
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Whatever one learns of the Great War always seems to contridict what has been learnt before. What this book supplies is the missing link. The battlefeilds as they were. From the pictures one is able to get an impression of the persepectives involved. One important aspect is the removal of the mythology of the waste land of mud so prevelant. The views show the British front from the North down to the Somme, as they were and changed. It would take a month to get even half of the knowledge contained in these pictures out. It really is a must have for anyone with an intrest in this time.
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This masterpiece of research should form part of every WW1 student's library. Cannot be devoured at one sitting, best sampled in bite-sized portions, ideally at a large table with PC and the book at hand. Inaccurate references make parts of the book slightly hard going but do allow the reader to indulge in a little detective work of their own. Highly recommended.
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