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Trench Warfare: Contemporary Combat Images from the Great War (The Illustrated War Reports) Kindle Edition
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Pen & Sword books are very adept at pushing publication boundaries and this book like so many they produce deserves a much larger audience.
Crammed with often first hand drawings and illustrations this book tells a story in detail that is seldom see beyond familiar photos or video clip. Therefore, it is an eye-opening experience as these scenes are as real as if captured by a camera. Following the time frame of the war they show they range of combatants from throughout the commonwealth fighting Germans, Italians and Turks. Many are used to illustrate a remarkable act of heroism or those who receive medals for their bravery. most show unknown soldiers attacking, defending, building trenches, rescuing comrades or lying mortally wounded in no mans' land or across barbed wire. The illustrations are in such detail you could spend hours poring over them, from wounded horses to early tank deployments.
Bob Carruthers writes: " A war artist essentially creates a visual account of war by showing its impact as men and women are shown waiting, fighting, working, suffering and celebrating. The works produced by war artists are immensely varied and they form an all too often overlooked record of many aspects of war. "
I am grateful for the opportunity to read this book and reflect through other peoples' creativity some of the most destructive days in human history. While I still can't imagine what, it was like I know I am grateful I have lived in relative peace and remain forever grateful.