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War on the Western Front: In the Trenches of World War I Hardcover – Jun 19 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (June 19 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846032105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846032103
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,765,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Overall, the authors make their case that trench warfare presented an ever changing dynamic of new ideas and experiments to break the deadlock... Recommended. General libraries, in particular, and undergraduate collections." -P.L. de Rosa, Bridgewater State College, CHOICE (April 2008)

"A remarkable collection of photographs and commentary from a variety of authors allows readers to learn about the complexities of trench design (and the theories behind construction) as well as such innovations as flame-throwers, poison gas, and tanks. Readers will also get a sense of how men managed to endue the war's unprecedented change." -Nicholas Wood, Military History Quarterly (Spring 2008)

"War on the Western Front: In the Trenches of World War I is a narrowed focus on the Western Front of the first world war and is a pick for any college-level military library strong in the era's history. Its focus is on the daily lives of soldiers: as such it provides both first-person history and survey of trench warfare and tactics which changed the strategies and nature of warfare. An excellent, well-detailed analysis." -California Bookwatch (August 2007)

"This is an interesting introduction to a complex subject, well illustrated as usual." -Bolling Smith, Coastal Defense Journal (August 2007)

"Overall, an excellent reference with a useful bibliography containing 50 titles from each combatant nation." -Barrett Tillman, War on the Western Front (August 2007)

"Throughout the book are superb photographs and illustrations to give the reader a real sense of not only what went on during these times, but how things changed over the course of the conflict... Overall it is an outstanding compilation and at a price that makes it a real bargain to the reader. I found it a fascinating read and can highly recommend this one to you." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (July 2007)

About the Author

Gary Sheffield is Professor of War Studies at the University of Birmingham and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has published widely on military history, especially the First World War. His books include Douglas Haig: War Diaries and Letters 1914-18, co-edited with John Bourne (2005); the best-selling Forgotten Victory: The First World War - Myths and Realities (2001); and Leadership in the Trenches (2000).

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e2b5eb8) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dca8d14) out of 5 stars World War I Reference Feb. 14 2008
By Military Intelligence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Previously published as Osprey Publishing's Elite 78: World War I Trench Warfare (1) 1914-16 by Dr Stephen Bull; Elite 84: World War I Trench Warfare (2) 1916-18 by Dr Stephen Bull; Warrior 12: German Stormtrooper 1914-18 by Ian Drury; Warrior 16: British Tommy 1914-18 by Martin Pegler; and Warrior 79: US Doughboy 1916-19 by Thomas A. Hoff.

Good reference book for that era.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9db91354) out of 5 stars Solid one-volume reference July 6 2007
By Barrett Tillman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The authors of this volume succeed in cramming about 12 pounds of information into a 10-pound bag. The large format with 272 pages including index contains knowledgable commentary on the British, French, German, and American armies on the Western Front from 1914-1918. Each nation is examined in terms of recruiting, training, equipment, doctrine, and combat operations. The scope is necessarily large but augmented by details of clothing, equipment, weapons, transport, etc. The last two chapters examine the war's progress (and lack thereof) with gradual shifting from static defense to fluid offense.

Illustrations abound, a variety of period photos (generally good quality; some are familiar) and color plates evidently lifted from other Osprey titles. There are also chronologies for each nation in the Great War.

The book's major fault is not content or treatment, but style. Each author relies excessively on definite articles, as many as 5, 6, and 7 times in a paragraph. "This" and "these" generally refer to subjects that are apparent, but not always. And the sheer magnitude of such usage eventually detracts from readability. Where authors insist on overdoing such style, editors need to exert their authority.

Overall, an excellent reference with a useful bibliography containing 50 titles from each combatant nation.
HASH(0x9dce63f0) out of 5 stars Good overview of forces in WW1. May 29 2015
By Krasnoarmeyets - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nice over view of forces fighting in WW1