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Western Front

Trench warfare was not totally unknown in 1914, medieval sieges and the Crimean and American Civil Wars had all seen it, None could have foretold what a permanent feature of the conflict it would become when the armies stopped moving and the lines solidified that September. The technical superiority of the defence over the offensive dictated both the static nature of the western front, and the high casualty rates as Allied commanders tried again and again to break through fields of barbed wire and brutal machine gun fire with waves of men. Only technological developments such as the tank, poison gas, underground and aerial warfare, economic blockade and more sophisticated infantry 'bite and hold' tactics served to break the deadlock. By then a generation had been lost. The Naval and Military Press have an unrivaled stock of books on the western front, and the heroic but tragic fighting that characterised it.

Western Front



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From Tel-El-Kebir to Cambrai: The Life and Letters of Lieutenant General Sir William Pulteney 1861-1941
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PUTTY From Tel-El-Kebir to Cambrai: The Life and Letters of Lieutenant General Sir William Pulteney 1861-1941
Product Code: 24721

Detailed biography of a General by a General. Pulteney was the longest serving Corps Commander in the Great War, serving in most of the major actions from Mons in 1914 to Cambrai in 1917. Major-Gen. Leask's meticulously researched book takes a balanced view informed by his own wide military exper...

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BATTLE OF BELLEWAARDE 
June 1915
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BATTLE OF BELLEWAARDE June 1915
Product Code: 25459

The account of the battle is detailed and quotes from many individual accounts of participants and of their units, this in itself takes up around a fifth of the work, and after a 25 page summing up, 120 pages list in detail the individuals, British and German, who fell. The book is as much a memo...

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DAUNTLESS COURAGE ON THE SOMME
Officers of the 19th Division who Fell at La Boisselle 1-10 July 1916
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DAUNTLESS COURAGE ON THE SOMME Officers of the 19th Division who Fell at La Boisselle 1-10 July 1916
Product Code: 25646

The heart of the book covers the assault and eventual capture of La Boisselle by the the 19th (Western) Division over the first ten days of the Somme offensive. It was indeed a hard, bitter experience and there is no shortage of courage, endurance and leadership in wresting a most difficult, stub...

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 IN BATTLE & CAPTIVITY 1916-1918
A British Officer’s Memoirs of the Trenches and a German Prison Camp
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IN BATTLE & CAPTIVITY 1916-1918 A British Officer’s Memoirs of the Trenches and a German Prison Camp
Product Code: 25449

An extraordinary testimony to the power of the human spirit, this remarkable memoir tells the story of Captain Gilbert Nobbs, shot through the head and blinded on the Somme, who survived his wound and German captivity to be repatriated back to his wife and family.

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A FRENCH SOLDIER’S WAR DIARY 1914-1918
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A FRENCH SOLDIER’S WAR DIARY 1914-1918
Product Code: 25440

A classic account of a French soldier's role in the trenches of the Western front. Henri Desagneaux writes with anger and compassion of the suffering and losses he and his increasingly mutinous comrades endured as they tried to execute orders issued by a distant High Command from their HQ miles b...

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BATTLEGROUND EARLY BATTLES: RETREAT OF I CORPS 1914
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BATTLEGROUND EARLY BATTLES: RETREAT OF I CORPS 1914
Product Code: 25437

A re-examination of one of the most controversial episodes in the BEF's retreat from Mons to the Marne and in the career of Sir Douglas Haig. The book looks at Haig's decision to speed his I Corps' retirement while Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien's II Corps fought the Battle of Le Cateau.

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BATTLES OF FRENCH FLANDERS
Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge, Festubert, Loos and Fromelles
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BATTLES OF FRENCH FLANDERS Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge, Festubert, Loos and Fromelles
Product Code: 25386

An invaluable guide to the little known Great War battlefields of 1915, which are seldom visited, sandwiched as they are between the first fights of 1914 and the great battles of 1916 and 1917. But the sites of the British offensives at Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge, Festubert, Loos and Fromelles ...

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DESPATCH RIDER ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1915-18
The Diary of Sergeant Albert Simpkin MM
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DESPATCH RIDER ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1915-18 The Diary of Sergeant Albert Simpkin MM
Product Code: 25364

A fascinating and fast-moving memoir of a despatch rider's life on the western front. Albert Simpkin spent his war dodging shells and shellholes as he ferries messages to and from the front lines. His diary is salted with colourful and amusing anecdotes about his comrades - and some candid critic...

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DVD NERY AND THE RETREAT FROM MONS
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DVD NERY AND THE RETREAT FROM MONS
Product Code: 25556

The BHTV team of historians and battlefield guides take us to the scene of some sharp rear guard actions fought during the Retreat from Mons including the great cavalry actions at Cerizy and Nery, where the mounted British soldier established domination of his German counterpart. As they travel t...

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GERMAN ARMY ON VIMY RIDGE 1914-1917
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GERMAN ARMY ON VIMY RIDGE 1914-1917
Product Code: 25483

In the generally flat country of Artois Vimy Ridge stands out, making it clear why it was so fiercely fought over in the Great War. In this detailed study, Jack Sheldon traces the story of the battles for possession of the ridge from the Germans seizing it in October 1914 down to its recapture by...

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