PILLBOXES ON THE WESTERN FRONT

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Pill Boxes On The Western Front

Author : Peter Oldham
ISBN : 9781848844391
Genre : History
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When the First World War froze into a static line of trenches stretching from the North Sea to the Swiss border, the most obvious means of protection against the murderous machine-gun fire which both sides inflicted upon each other was some form of shell-proof shelter which from which fire could be returned in safety, hence the development of the pill box. The idea was certainly not new but the technology required to build them under the prevailing circumstances presented problems hitherto undreamed of. In this remarkably absorbing study of what at first seems a somewhat arcane study of what at first seems a somewhat arcane subject, Peter Oldham, himself a concrete technologist, examines the problems of the design and construction of the pill boxes of the Western Front. He describes how the innumerable difficulties involved in what might to the untrained eye seem to be a fairly simple structure, were gradually overcome. Containing as it does, a gazetteer of the remaining pill boxes and bunkers still to be found in Flanders and Picardy, this book will prove an invaluable guide to the members of many clubs and societies which annually make pilgrimages to the battlefields of the First World War and certainly add a new dimension and interest to their visits to the Western Front.
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British Artillery On The Western Front In The First World War

Author : Sanders Marble
ISBN : 1409411109
Genre : History
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Providing a systematic investigation into the evolving role of the artillery in the British Expeditionary Force, this study looks at how tactical and operational changes affected the overall Allied strategy. In line with the 'learning curve' thesis, it argues that despite many setbacks and missed opportunities, by 1918 the Royal Artillery had developed effective methods to overcome the defensive advantages of trench warfare that had mired the Western Front in bloody stalemate for the previous three years.
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Fortifications Of The Western Front 1914 18

Author : Paddy Griffith
ISBN : 9781849080231
Genre : History
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Following the early battles of 1914 along the Marne and in the Ypres salient, World War I rapidly changed from a war of movement into one of attrition, with the opposing sides entrenching themselves in a line of fortified positions from the Flanders coastline to the Swiss border. This volume details the different styles of fortification used on the Western Front throughout the course of the war, from the early ditches of 1914 to the complicated systems of 1918. It explains the development of the 'defence in depth' German system and the British reaction to it, as well as illustrating the importance of the pre-war forts, particularly around Verdun.
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Anzacs On The Western Front

Author : Peter Pedersen
ISBN : 9781118238325
Genre : History
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A lavishly illustrated account of the ANZACs involvement in theWestern Front--complete with walking and driving tours of 28battlefields With rare photographs and documents from the Australian WarMemorial archive and extensive travel information, this is the mostcomprehensive guide to the battlefields of the Western Front on themarket. Every chapter covers not just the battles, but the oftenlarger-than-life personalities who took part in them.Following a chronological order from 1916 through 1918, the bookleads readers through every major engagement the Australian and NewZealanders fought in and includes tactical considerations andextracts from the personal diaries of soldiers. This is the perfectbook for anyone who wants to explore the battlefields of theWestern Front, either in-person or from the comfort of home.
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Tommy The British Soldier On The Western Front

Author : Richard Holmes
ISBN : 9780007383481
Genre : History
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Groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed, Tommy is the first history of World War I to place the British soldier who fought in the trenches centre-stage.
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A Global Chronology Of Conflict

Author : Spencer Tucker
ISBN : 1851096671
Genre : History
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This six-volume, chronologically organized reference offers concise entries of major military actions and related events from the earliest recorded conflicts to the present.
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The Western Front

Author : William Sheehan
ISBN : 9780717151950
Genre : History
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‘One of our fellows, while a German flare lit up his trench as it shot over it, saw half a dozen of our raw Irishmen on their knees, praying to the Virgin as if their last hour had come.’ Captain Gerald Burgoyne, C Company, 4th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles The Western Front tells the human story at the heart of a war that cost the lives of 35,000 Irishmen. Compiled by one of Ireland’s leading military historians, it recounts the experiences of the many ordinary Irishmen from all religions and backgrounds who fought in the Great War. In their own words, these men describe the horror of life in the trenches and their experience of combat during World War One. The book gives readers a real insight into the hopes, thoughts and fears of the soldiers and officers who served in Irish regiments on the Western Front. Conveying not just the thrill of enlistment and training, but also the harsh reality of life during wartime, The Western Front offers a fascinating portrayal of what it was like to serve in the ‘war to end all wars’.
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Life Death And Growing Up On The Western Front

Author : Anthony Fletcher
ISBN : 9780300198560
Genre : History
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DIV This book was inspired by the author’s discovery of an extraordinary cache of letters from a soldier who was killed on the Western Front during the First World War. The soldier was his grandfather, and the letters had been tucked away, unread and unmentioned for many decades. Intrigued by the heartbreak and history of these family letters, Fletcher sought out the correspondence of other British soldiers who had volunteered for the fight against Germany. This resulting volume offers a vivid account of the physical and emotional experiences of seventeen British soldiers whose letters survive. Drawn from different regiments, social backgrounds, and areas of England and Scotland, they include twelve officers and five ordinary “Tommies.”/div DIV /div DIV The book explores the training, journey to France, fear, shellshock, and life in the trenches as well as the leisure, love, and home leave the soldiers dreamed of. Fletcher discusses the psychological responses of 17- and 18-year-old men facing appalling realities and considers the particular pressures on those who survived their fallen comrades. While acknowledging the horror and futility the soldiers of the Great War experienced, the author shows another side to the story, focusing new attention on the loyal comradeship, robust humor, and strong morale that uplifted the men at the Front and created a powerful bond among them./div
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