World War I Trench Warfare (1): 1914-16

Author:   Dr Stephen Bull ,  Adam Hook (Illustrator)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Volume:   No.78
ISBN:  

9781841761978


Pages:   64
Publication Date:   25 February 2002
Format:   Paperback
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World War I Trench Warfare (1): 1914-16


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The regular armies which marched off to war in 1914 were composed of massed riflemen, screened by cavalry and supported by artillery; their leaders expected a quick and decisive outcome, achieved by sweeping manoeuvre, bold leadership and skill at arms. Eighteen months later the whole nature of field armies and their tactics had changed utterly. In sophisticated trench systems forming a battlefield a few miles wide and 400 miles long, conscript armies sheltered from massive long-range bombardment, wielding new weapons according to new tactical doctrines. This first of two richly illustrated studies explains in detail the specifics of that extraordinary transformation, complete with ten full colour plates of uniforms and equipment.

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Author:   Dr Stephen Bull ,  Adam Hook (Illustrator)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint:   Osprey Publishing
Volume:   No.78
Dimensions:   Width: 18.40cm , Height: 0.70cm , Length: 24.80cm
Weight:   0.240kg
ISBN:  

9781841761978


ISBN 10:   1841761974
Pages:   64
Publication Date:   25 February 2002
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Manufactured on demand   Availability explained
We will order this item for you from a manufactured on demand supplier.
Language:   English

Table of Contents

Open field warfare in 1914 - archaic tactics of infantry, cavalry and short range field artillery * The triumph of firepower & the cost of open field tactics - the Mame and Tannenberg * Digging in - the early trench systems, 1915 * Development of weapons and minor tactics 1915-16 - machine guns, trench mortars, grenades, sniping, gas, helmets & armour, new artillery * Increased sophistication of trench systems - support and reserve lines, deep dug-outs * Attempts to break the trench deadlock - the battles of Loos and Verdun.

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I've never been disappointed by any of the Osprey Elite Series of books and I certainly wasn't with this one. It rekindled an area of history for me I've always enjoyed... Has this book turned me into a WWI expert? No, it hasn't. Has it increased my knowledge of the era and refreshed an aging mind? Yes. Would I recommend this book to someone else? Without a doubt or second though about it, especially if they have the slightest interest in World War I and wished to increase their knowledge a little more. -Dave O'Meara, Historicus Forma (June 2005)


I've never been disappointed by any of the Osprey Elite Series of books and I certainly wasn't with this one. It rekindled an area of history for me I've always enjoyed... Has this book turned me into a WWI expert? No, it hasn't. Has it increased my knowledge of the era and refreshed an aging mind? Yes. Would I recommend this book to someone else? Without a doubt or second though about it, especially if they have the slightest interest in World War I and wished to increase their knowledge a little more. Dave O'Meara, Historicus Forma (June 2005)


I've never been disappointed by any of the Osprey Elite Series of books and I certainly wasn't with this one. It rekindled an area of history for me I've always enjoyed... Has this book turned me into a WWI expert? No, it hasn't. Has it increased my knowledge of the era and refreshed an aging mind? Yes. Would I recommend this book to someone else? Without a doubt or second though about it, especially if they have the slightest interest in World War I and wished to increase their knowledge a little more. Dave O'Meara, Historicus Forma (June 2005)


Author Information

Dr Stephen Bull is Curator of Military History and Archaeology at the Museum of Lancashire, and an extramural lecturer for Lancaster University. He has previously worked for the BBC in London, and at the National Army Museum. He is the author of a dozen military historical titles, and has recently been awarded an MBA. Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specialises in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on subjects as diverse as the ancient Greeks, the Aztecs, and the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars. His work has featured in publications and exhibitions throughout the world.

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