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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



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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 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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AMATEUR GUNNERS
The Adventures and Letters of a Soldier in France, Salonika and Palestine
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AMATEUR GUNNERS The Adventures and Letters of a Soldier in France, Salonika and Palestine
Product Code: 25450

Amateur Gunners is a rare and very full memoir of Great War artilleryman Alexander Thorburn who served at Vimy Ridge, Salonika, Palestine and in the final advance to the Armistice in France. This new edition of Thorburn's book, first published in 1933, contains additional letters he wrote from ac...

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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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BLOOD TUB
General Gough and the Battle of Bullecourt 1917
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BLOOD TUB General Gough and the Battle of Bullecourt 1917
Product Code: 25400

A penetrating and unsparing account of the battle of Bullecourt in 1917, when controversial British General Sir Hubert Gough ordered repeated attacks by Australian forces on a fortified village near Arras despite mounting casualties., which earned Bullecourt the well-deserved nickname ‘the blood ...

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BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE: THE 1914 CAMPAIGN
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BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE: THE 1914 CAMPAIGN
Product Code: 25415

A briskly well-written narrative of the BEF's crucial opening actions during the first year of the Great War. Beginning with the opening battles at Mons and Le Cateau, we follow the great retreat to the Marne; the counter attack on the Aisne, and the move north in the race to the sea and the Fir...

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BYNG OF VIMY
General and Governor General
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BYNG OF VIMY General and Governor General
Product Code: 25431

Julian Byng was one of the best of the much-maligned Great War Generals. A courageous reformer, he masterminded the brilliant withdrawal from Gallipoli, captured Vimy Ridge with the Canadian Corps and commanded the first tank offensive at Cambrai, before playing a major part in the 100 days campa...

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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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