The Battlefields of the First World War Hardcover – 27 Oct 2005
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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
Major publishing event - release of a unique, unseen collection of 200 panoramic photographs of the Western FrontSee all Product Description
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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!Read more ›
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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STAR BUY. How can they sell me this at this price and make a profit. Brilliant book with fantastic illustrations. No way is it second hand. I can't believe my luck.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this having already got Peter Barton's The Somme, Passchendaele and Arras volumes. It is simply stunning, full of impeccably researched details and analysis, beautifully... Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2013 by Mr. Chuffey
When I was invited to review this book I had only read a small portion of this amazing book. I can say that the general text is of course very informative and extremely well... Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2009 by J. Kirkham
As a first world war enthusiast and regular Battlefield visitor,and having read countless good and bad books on the subject i cannot rate this book highly enough,Peter Barton has... Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2007 by Martin Clark
I bought this book after reading the glowing reviews in Amazon, and can only agree it contains a wealth of information in well presented text, diagrams and photographs and is well... Read morePublished on 15 July 2007 by drbigalt
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