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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



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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THE INDIAN CORPS ON THE WESTERN FRONT
A Handbook and Battlefield Guide
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THE INDIAN CORPS ON THE WESTERN FRONT A Handbook and Battlefield Guide
Product Code: 25561

As well as a complete history of the Indian Corps, covering its background and operational experience, this book contains detailed battlefield tour guides of all the main operations, with easy-to-follow instructions and specially commissioned maps. These are in colour coded sections to differenti...

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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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RETREAT AND REARGUARD
Somme 1918: The Fifth Army Retreat
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RETREAT AND REARGUARD Somme 1918: The Fifth Army Retreat
Product Code: 25559

In the mass and pace of the German advance against Fifth Army, many units and posts were simply annihilated. It is unsurprising that there are few documentary or even verbal accounts of what took place. Jerry Murland had wisely decided to focus on those where there is a body of evidence. The sto...

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UNDERGROUND WAR
Vimy Ridge to Arras
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UNDERGROUND WAR Vimy Ridge to Arras
Product Code: 25422

The war beneath the trenches was an important feature of the Great War, and has always fascinated visitors to the western front - particularly with the recent opening up of previously hidden subterranean systems. This book, drawn from British, French and German sources, focuses on mining operatio...

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DVD NERY AND THE RETREAT TO MONS
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DVD NERY AND THE RETREAT TO 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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RECONOGRAPHERS
Intelligence and Reconnaissance in British Tank Operations on the Western Front 1916-1918
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RECONOGRAPHERS Intelligence and Reconnaissance in British Tank Operations on the Western Front 1916-1918
Product Code: 25650

Colin Hardy's book on the Reconnaissance Officers of the Tank Corps of the First World War is a much needed gap filler in the historiography of the armoured actions of the First World War. There are plentiful works already on the tanks in the war, but few have covered how the tanks actually got t...

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HOW I FILMED THE WAR
A Record of the Extraordinary Experiences of the Man Who Filmed the Great Somme Battles
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HOW I FILMED THE WAR A Record of the Extraordinary Experiences of the Man Who Filmed the Great Somme Battles
Product Code: 20748

The Great War memoirs of Geoffrey Malins, official cameraman who famously filmed the often-shown footage of the Hawthorn Ridge mine exploding on the Somme on July 1st 1916, and later directed the propaganda film of the battle.

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FIGHTING PADRE
Letters from the Trenches 1915-1918 of Pat Leonard DSO
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FIGHTING PADRE Letters from the Trenches 1915-1918 of Pat Leonard DSO
Product Code: 23797

Pat Leonard was a Chaplain attached to both the Army and the RFC on the western front in the Great War. He described his experiences - including flying as an observer - in no-holds-barred letters home to his parents. The letters, edited by his descendants, offer an unusual and fascinating view of...

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MARCH ON PARIS
The Memoirs of Alexander von Kluck 1914-18
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MARCH ON PARIS The Memoirs of Alexander von Kluck 1914-18
Product Code: 23793

The author was the fist at the end of the swinging arm that was the Moltke-Schlieffen Plan in 1914. As commander of the 1st Army on the extreme right of the offensive - largest of the six armies invading Belgium and France - it was Von Kluck's task to envelop Paris and end the war with a smashing...

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