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Weapons of the Trench War, 1914-18 Hardcover – 18 Feb 1999

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; 1st Edition edition (18 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750918187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750918183
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 18.4 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Format: Hardcover
The title of this book is misleading, as only some of the weapons are considered, and only the British side. The book focuses on british weapons invented and developed for the trench warfare, from the inventors and government point of view. Only certain weapons are considered, i.e. mortars, catapults, grenades, projectors and flamethrowers.
The book gives a thorough overview of inventors and inventions involved, but lacks a precise description of all models and variations.
For a history on how Britain developed some of it's trench weapons this book is excellent, for a detailed description of all weapons developed and used on the British side during WW1 it is not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For the Specialist Only Not for the General Reader 17 July 1999
By El Cutachero - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I will not repeat what is in the precis above. This book is extemely detailed. This work will not have any reason to be repeated. What is in here,is of interest to the specialist in weapons development and the collector, supposing that such items still exist. If you want the experience of the trenches, then get Eye Deep in Hell (c.f.) This details every patent and effort to make hand grenades, for example, safe for the thrower, and lethal for the target, that the British made. The same is true for flame throwers, light mortars, catapults, and gas projectors. Again, this is not light reading and covers crew served weapons other than firearms and grenades. I bought it hoping there was something on trench cutlery in it. Nada. But I still found it well written enough to read all of it. But I will probably never open it again unless I find a photo I need to interpret. The general reader is referred to any of Ian Hogg's works. They are comprehensive, well-written, and have just enough detail for the specialist and not too much to bore the general reader.
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