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The Western Front Companion: The Complete Guide to How the Armies Fought for Four Devastating Years, 1914-1918 [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Mark Adkin

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Oktober 2013
TO COMPREHEND AND CHRONICLE the sheer scale of the conflict on the Western Front demands a book of similar scope. Now, published for the centenary of the start of World War I in August 2014, here is that book. Written by the author of the three previous bestselling Companions on Waterloo, Trafalgar and Gettysburg - now acclaimed as the definitive work of reference on each battle - The Western Front Companion is not a mere chronological account of the fighting. Rather, it is an astonishingly comprehensive and forensic anatomy of how and why the armies fought, of their weapons, equipment and tactics, for over four long and bloody years on a battlefield that stretched from the Belgian coast to the Swiss frontier - a distance of 450 miles. Alongside the British Army, full coverage is given to Britain's allies - France, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, India and the United States - as well as the Germans. The 350,000 words of text range over everything from the railways on the front to the medical corps and the chaplains. An introduction explaining why the world went to war is followed by a year-by-year enumeration of the critical events and battles and then sections examining all branches of the armies, including commanders, staff, infantry, artillery, cavalry, engineers, supply and transport, veterinary, tanks and aviation, followed by one on trench warfare and another on the pivitol Battle of Cambrai with its massed use of tanks. Information boxes throughout cover further aspects, from valiant winners of the VC to the unique squalor of front-line trench life. An epilogue on the Armistice and the cost of the war tells how the Unknown Warrior was selected and buried in Westminster Abbey. Like previous Companions, this book is equally distinguished by its magnificent visual resources, and above all its plethora of original and intricate maps and diagrams, all in full colour, illustrating particular offensives, battles, raids or tactics, the configurations of trench formations or the trajectory of mortar bombardments. But this conflict was also the first to be chronicled from the start by photography, and The Western Front Companion does it full justice, with over 200 resonant and remarkable archive images from the time, many rarely seen. These are complemented with modern colour photographs showing how historic battlefields look nowadays, and paying tribute to the magnificent and poignant cemeteries, monuments and ossuaries that mark the fallen for today's battlefield visitor. Every reader, no matter how well informed already on the history of World War I, will learn something new from this extraordinary and exhaustive volume. No one interested in the true story and sheer sweep of the Great War on the Western Front can afford to be without it.
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'No reader, no matter how well informed on the history of the Great War can fail to learn something from this definitive work of the British Army on the Western Front... An excellent production. Congratulations to Mark Adkin on yet another outstanding work.' Discover Your History 'Even if UK publishing industry rumours are only half true that a barrage of 1,000 First World War books is due to hit shelves over the next four years, this will be remembered as one of the largest calibre guns in the arsenal.' Soldier magazine 'The design is a model of clarity, the production first-class, the attention to detail exemplary. In short, it is a triumph.' Daily Mail -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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MARK ADKIN is a former army officer who has published a number of distinguished works on military history, including, for Aurum, The Waterloo Companion, The Trafalgar Companion and The Gettysburg Companion. He lives in Bedfordshire. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Modern Masterpiece.... 16. Oktober 2013
Von AMC... - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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At last a book about the First World War that grabs your attention and interest in a most attractive manner, despite the horrendous story to be told within. For the most part the First World War has been written about in drab lumbering tomes, with dreary sepia photographs and in-comprehensible maps. And so be it, after all it was the most terrible of all wars....
But here in this book we now have the means to get through those terrible times effortlessly, as its format allows us to find different aspects of the war which might interest us, at our fingertips.
It starts, of course with the assassination in Sarajevo, and moves through the war year by year quite quickly with super maps to follow major battles and events. These maps are very well presented in colour and easy to follow, I find it strange to praise maps of any description, as I have always found battle maps, confusing and time consuming to say the least. The rest of the book details the various Armies, and much much more, like VC's won, Artillery Units, Machine Gun operations, Commanders, the Air War, Tank Warfare, Trenches, Support Services, and so on.....
One piece of information I found incredible was given at the start of each year of war, and that was the number of various countries going to war with each other across Europe and beyond, right up to the end. It would be laughable if we were not talking about the vast number of young soldiers and civilians losing their lives for nothing much more than the old men ruling these various countries b******g at each other.... (and we're supposed to be living in a crazy world today?)
The book is a modern masterpiece, easy on the eye and waiting to be opened again and again to provide much information on those terrible times.......
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Western Front... 8. Dezember 2013
Von D. S. Thurlow - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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What author Mark Adkin did for the Battles of Trafalgar, Waterloo, and Gettysburg, he now does on a larger scale for World War I's Western Front. In a bit over 500 pages, Adkin describes the origins of the First World War, the armies that fought on the Western Front from1914 to 1918, and their combat and support arms. There are chapters devoted to the new weapons, the tank and the airplane. Another chapter concentrates on the conduct of trench warfare. A final chapter sums up the indelible mark an appalling war left on Europe for a generation or more.

Adkin's narrative manages to be informative for the experienced student of the conflict while remaining accessible to the general reader. The narrative is enhanced by lots of maps, graphics, and photographs. The collection of photographs might justify the book on their own. Explicit diagrams break down some representative and complicated combat actions. There are numerous embedded vignettes on various generals and heroes. All in all, an excellent reading experience, and very highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing book 7. November 2013
Von fletchmed - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The level of detail in this book is amazing. Everything you could would want to know about the composition of the Western Front is present. I expected no less as his books on Waterloo and Gettysburg have the same detail. A must for any student of the First World War.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Remarkable Pictures 6. Februar 2014
Von Former Marine - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There are many pics in this tome that I had not seen. That alone deserves the four star rating. That said, be forewarned this book is encyclopedic in its construction. Think of it as a very good coffee table book to have close by as a reference while reading The Great War by Peter Hart orThe Pity of War by Niail Ferguson. It is not a narritive of the War in the West.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Informative and enjoyable 29. März 2014
Von James W. Durney - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The most common image of World War One is thousands of men walking into massed machine gun fire.
Nowhere is that image stronger than the Western Front where Great Britain and France fought Germany.
This image contains a good deal of truth while hiding the complex nature of the fighting.
Technology trumped tactics and communications to create hell.

Much of “modern warfare” comes out of this hell.
Airplanes appear in World War One, tactical bombing, observation and control of air space become critical.
Automatic weapons, grenades, flame throwers become standard issue to soldiers ending the rifle only armies.
Shovels, picks, barbwire and concrete become critical items.
In No Man’s Land, modern infantry small unit tactics are developed.
Artillery dominates battles with indirect fire requiring communications or guesswork.
Rolling barrages, pre-attack bombardment, counter battery fire over long distances change the application of artillery fire.
Tanks and anti-tank weapons appear.
Poison gas and protective gear change the rules of war as gasmask are still issued.

This multi-color oversized book captures all of the above and much more.
Actual photographs, illustrations, coupled with “then & now” pictures are a visual treat that complements the intelligent text.
Year by year, the reader follows the war in thru battles and changes in equipment.
This makes for an enjoyable learning experience.
This book is useful as an introduction and/or a reference to the Western Front in an enjoyable format.
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