- Gebundene Ausgabe: 528 Seiten
- Verlag: Stackpole Books (Oktober 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0811713164
- ISBN-13: 978-0811713160
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,9 x 4,1 x 30,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 123.003 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Western Front Companion: The Complete Guide to How the Armies Fought for Four Devastating Years, 1914-1918 (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Oktober 2013
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'The design is a model of clarity, the production first-class, the attention to detail exemplary. In short, it is a triumph.' Daily Mail '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 '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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Mark Adkin, a former army officer, is the author of several books on military history.
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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 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.......
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.
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.