War on the Western Front: In the Trenches of WWI

War on the Western Front: In the Trenches of WWI

by Gary Sheffield
     
 

World War I stands as a watershed in the evolution of modern warfare, with the development of sophisticated trench systems forming a battlefield over 400 miles long, notable improvements in weaponry and equipment and the first example of tanks being used in battle. This book examines the day-to-day lives of the British Tommy, the German Stormtrooper, the French

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World War I stands as a watershed in the evolution of modern warfare, with the development of sophisticated trench systems forming a battlefield over 400 miles long, notable improvements in weaponry and equipment and the first example of tanks being used in battle. This book examines the day-to-day lives of the British Tommy, the German Stormtrooper, the French Poilu and the American Doughboy as they fought and died in the trenches, with details of their recruitment and training and vivid descriptions of combat on the Western Front. It also provides an extensive reassessment of trench warfare, following the development of controversial tactics and new weapons, the first use of poison gas in warfare and the introduction of the tank - initially an accident-prone novelty but later a front-breaking weapon.

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“Overall, an excellent reference with a useful bibliography containing 50 titles from each combatant nation.” —Barrett Tillman, amazon.com (July 2007)

“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)

“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)

“Provides a fine day-by-day survey of the daily lives of common soldiers who died in the trenches ... an invaluable guide for any military library.” —California Bookwatch (November 2008)

“Often times, Osprey will combine a number of out of print books that are on a similar subject into a single hardbound edition and that is what we have with War on the Western Front. This edition combines materials from Elite 78 and 84 along with Warrior 12, 16 and 79 into a concise volume covering the ground war during WWI ... an outstanding compilation and at a price that makes it a real bargain to the reader, especially this edition, which is softbound. I found it a fascinating read.” —Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (October 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846033414
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/23/2008
Series:
General Military Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Editor
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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