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The Western Front
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on 11 June 2000
This book is intended to accompany the television series of the same name and as such is not a "heavyweight" history of the war. It is by necessity brief and concise. However, what it does, it does very well indeed. There are a large number of one volume histories of the war available. These are the books to which most readers looking for an introduction to the Great War will look at first. However, many of these one volume histories, while still relevant as part of the war's historiography, argue views which are heavily influenced by personal politics and are not consistent with much of the excellent research which is being produced today, which is doing something to redress the balance in favour of the much maligned generals. One volume histories which fall into this category include, in my opinion the works of A.J.P. Taylor and B.H. Liddell-Hart, both of which are texts which frequently find their way into the hands of Great War virgins. As someone who falls very much into the camp that would like to look at the war more in terms of military, rather than social, history this book fills the gap in the one volume market nicely. The introduction also provides an excellent section dealing with the historiography of the war, which should be of further use to the novice enthusiast. If you're looking for a one volume history of the war, you could certainly do far worse than to get your sticky little hands on this. If you're looking for a book that deals with the specifics of any particular campaign or aspect of the war, this is not really for you. Also note that it does not deal with fronts other than the Western Front in any detail. Given the title however, I think it can be forgiven this! If you want a one volume introduction to the war which is written in a highly readable, enthusiastic style and which takes into account the latest research, this is the one for you. Try to see the TV series too, if you can. It's top notch. Incidentally, re one of the other reviews, Professor Holmes is now Professor of Security Studies at Cranfield University and is also (he certainly was, I believe he still is) Director, Reserve Forces with the British Army.
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on 30 April 2014
But then, so are all of Richard Holmes' books. He was a great military historian, who saw service, understood the squaddie, and walked or rode over many military engagements to help him understand the military decisions made in times of conflict.
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on 25 May 2017
Excellent. Thank you.
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on 6 August 2013
A great description, without too much detail. A final chapter about the overall war putting the western front into perspective was very interesting. A sadly missed author.
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on 9 March 2015
Richard Holmes at this best but it is a huge subject for one book so only an overview.
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on 13 September 2017
The book arrived in good conditiona and was as I would expect from Richard Holmes.
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on 7 May 2014
If someone should like to read a book about the first world war on the western front you should read this work by Richard Holmes.It is a clear and good understandable work.
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on 7 May 2017
The book was delivered a day before the scheduled date and was well protected as usual in Amazon packaging. The book was as described and my expectation of how it would be was vindicated. It was in excellent condition for a second hand book dating back a number of years.
Having only recently received it I have not read it yet but it was recommended to me by a friend and was also praised by a First World War Battle Field tour guide. I do note that the printing is on quality paper and all the maps of which there are many are clear and easy to read coupled with many evocative photographs and some colour plates and there is an extensive Further Reading list. From what I know of the author and having seen him as a presenter on TV and have seen in the book so far together with personal recommendations I would certainly recommend the book to those who are interested in the subject.
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on 16 September 2014
good
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on 24 December 2016
I regret the passing of Richard Holmes a true patriot and 30 year service man of the Territorial Army Reserve.
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