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

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (June 19 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846032105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846032103
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 19.7 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #785,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
World War I Reference Feb. 14 2008
By Military Intelligence - Published on
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
Solid one-volume reference July 6 2007
By Barrett Tillman - Published on
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.