Shots from the Front

by Richard Holmes

History

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Eminent historian Richard Holmes brings together a collection of over 200 photographs from The Great War, many taken by ordinary soldiers. Photographs can speak to us so much more than words sometimes and in this book they really bring home the reality of war. A moving and fascinating insight in to what those times were like.

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Richard Holmes, one of Britain's best-known military historians (and President of the British Commission of Military History), has selected over 200 photographs taken for the most part by officers and men rather than by official photographers – mostly unfamiliar ones located in archive collections, regimental museums and private sources. There will also be specially taken photographs by Mike Sheil, one of the best battlefield photographers working today. The book will deal with the whole of the British Army's experience of the First World War – Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, and so on – and not just on the Western Front. The photographs will be grouped thematically as extended picture essays; topics include the pre-war army and mobilisation of 1914; the contribution made by nurses; medical treatment and the wounded; infantrymen and their weapons; the campaign in Mesopotamia, etc… Like 'Tommy', the book is about people rather than things, about the human experience of war rather than its strategy or tactics, and at least as much about the everyday or commonplace – a latrine here or a plate of bully beef there – as about the lofty or portentous. It shows us the dirt beneath the fingernails of history.

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ISBN: 9780007275489
Publication date: 01/09/2008
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780007275489
Publication date: 1st September 2008
Author: Richard Holmes
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Genres: History,
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About Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes, one of Britain's best-known military historians (and President of the British Commission of Military History), has selected over 200 photographs taken for the most part by officers and men rather than by official photographers – mostly unfamiliar ones located in archive collections, regimental museums and private sources. There will also be specially taken photographs by Mike Sheil, one of the best battlefield photographers working today. The book will deal with the whole of the British Army's experience of the First World War – Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, and so on – and not just on the Western Front. The photographs will ...

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