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on 1 October 2006
This unique volume from Spellmount is certain to prove invaluable to Great War military historians, Battlefield Guides /enthusiasts and serious family history researchers alike, as it is the first ever study of British, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and Indian trench names of the Western Front to be published.

All battlefields, from Ypres, Loos, Vimy Ridge and Arras to the Somme, Cambrai and the 1918 battles are covered and the reader is provided with a very useful gazetteer of an unbelievable 10,000 plus trench names, which in themselves prove the important part that trench warfare actually played during the Great War.

The background information on British trench naming policy provides interesting reading too and the fact that many trench names chosen by the troops actually reflect the background of the men involved, where they came from, the conditions in which they lived and of course the full horrors they experienced is useful from a cultural point of view. Lovers Lane, Lavender Walk, Idiots Corner, International Trench, Nonsense Trench, Chaos Trench, Gangrene Alley are just a few names chosen for these muddy pits of death - confirming that despite all the hardships and suffering the troops were experiencing at the time, they still had a remarkable sense of humour and imagination.

As well as providing the researcher with a long list of names, it also includes all map references and some superb aerial photographs too, making it an important aid for those wishing to pinpoint sites of specific battles and actions etc.

Certainly one for the Great War bookshelves!
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on 12 June 2014
A really good book about trench mapping in the Great War, with a comprehensive gazetteer of trench names. If you have an interest in Great War trench maps this is indispensable.
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