Mapping The First World War

Battlefields of the Great Conflict from Above

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Mapping The First World War

Battlefields of the Great Conflict from Above

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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.

Product details

Published Jan 07 2014
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 144
ISBN 9781844862184
Imprint Conway Maritime Press
Dimensions 0 x 0 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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