- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1149 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Publisher: Arcturus Publishing (15 Oct. 2003)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005NIY500
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Over the Top: Great Battles of the First World War Kindle Edition
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The statistics of deaths, typically for only limited territorial gains, are clearly stated. And there is some detail about military planning and the attempts to grasp the significance of new technologies.
I found info on more individual units in this selection of actions, and the cost they paid than I had seen before without having to procure Regimental or Divisional histories, and you realise that the outdated tactics of some high ranking officers cost a great deal while they were miles away from the front, and out of proper communication with what was happening.
Yes, the generals did seem to learn in the end and used more sensible tactics with valuable lives by using creeping barrages while the troops attacked instead of very wasteful long barrages as a pre-cursor to attack, so forwarning the enemy, who waited in deep shelters, then unleashed a fusilade of machine gun fire and artillery that caused very heavy casualties on the attackers.
In essence it provides a quite high-level view of the battles that shaped the First World War from start to finish. It is a quick read and does not bog the reader down in detail. So it provides an excellent overview of the conflict.
The benefit is that if you want to get a flavour of say, the Battle of the Somme, you will get it here. Obviously if you want to drill deeper, you will need an additional book or books, but the direct clear writing seen here means that you will gain a clear understanding of the entire conflict and then determine which portions of it you want to explore in detail.
There is a companion volume to this about the Second World War, entitled Turning the Tide, which although by a different writer and publisher uses the same cover design methodology and typeface on the cover. I would recommend both.
The information in the book was well laid out and each battle was described in some detail. Overall a useful book for students of history. The book also confirms the Big Lie, it was not noble to die for your country.
In part one, `opening moves' he looks at the Battle of Mons, Marne and the first Battle of Ypres; part two `the static war' looks at Neuve Chappelle, the second Battle of Ypres, the Gallipoli Campaign, the Battle of the Somme, Messines and Passchendaele. Part three, `towards victory' shows us the outcome of the `German Spring offensives' and the attack by the allies.
All in all, this is a very readable little book with maps showing the lines during various stages of the battles, although I personally would have liked more illustrations. But at the end, it is the staggering number of lives lost in battle that touches the heart and the awful conditions those young men and boys had to endure! Fascinating and highly recommended!
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