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Mapping the First World War Battlefields of the Great Conflict from Above by Simon Forty
  

Mapping the First World War Battlefields of the Great Conflict from Above

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This book features 120 detailed wartime maps taken from the National Archive collection. They feature key battles and record the details of troop movements and communication routes. The maps and the attached commentary present unique insight into the planning and military intelligence available to the military leaders of the time.

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Mapping the First World War Battlefields of the Great Conflict from Above by Simon Forty

This title features over 120 large-format illustrations present detailed and fascinating wartime cartography. Key battles such as the Somme, Mons, Gallipoli, Jutland and Ypres are given extensive coverage alongside fascinating detail pieces such as airship raids and stations, communication systems, Orders of Battle, railroad routes and battlefield medical stations. The approach also provides a detailed chronological history of the conflict and will appeal to military historians and family historians alike. The Great War was so devastating - eight million lives were lost globally - that in its aftermath a horrified world expected it to be the final chapter in armed conflict. Mapping The First World War provides a uniquely different perspective on the 'war to end all wars'. An introduction details the causes and progress of the war and is followed by over a hundred maps and charts that show the broad sweep of events, from Germany's 1914 war goals to the final positions of the troops. There are maps depicting movements and battles as well as related documents, such as those on levels of conscription and numbers of weapons. As in all wars, maps were vital to the military organization of all sides during World War I. Before each military event there was the planning, the reconnaissance, and the conjecture as to enemy positions. After the event there would be debriefing, analysis of success and failure, and a redrawing of maps to show new troop positions and boundaries. All of the maps featured in this book have been drawn from the extensive collection held by the National Archives at Kew in west London.

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there are maps showing everything from the religious makeup of Croatia to the location of seaplane stations around Britain Good Book Guide This book uses contemporary maps to chronicle the conduct of the Great War in an intriguing way. The format allows the reader to dip in and out of the chapters or to enjoy a real map-fest. Soldier Magazine


About the Author

Simon Forty was educated at Sedbergh School and London University's School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He has been involved in publishing for over three decades and specializes in military history having contributed to a large number of books. He was also general editor of World War I: A Visual Encyclopedia. Simon loves in Devon with his wife and two children.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Simon Forty

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Hardback

Categories

History
World War One Literature


ISBN

9781844862184

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