"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)
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).