9781844862184

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

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    9781844862184

  • ISBN10:

    1844862186

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/7/2014
  • Publisher: Conway
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Summary

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. Providing a fascinating and unique insight into the planning and organization of military campaigns, Mapping The First World War is essential for anyone interested in military history.

Author Biography

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, specializing in military history and contributing to numerous books. He was also general editor of World War I: A Visual Encyclopedia (PRC Publishing). Simon lives in Devon with his wife and two children.

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