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Pill Boxes on the Western Front

Author: Peter Oldham
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When the First World War froze into a static line of trenches stretching from the North Sea to the Swiss border, the most obvious means of protection against the murderous machine-gun fire which both sides inflicted upon each other was some form of shell-proof shelter which from which fire could be returned in safety, hence the development of the pill box. The idea was certainly not new but the technology required to build them under the prevailing circumstances presented problems hitherto undreamed of. In this remarkably absorbing study of what at first seems a somewhat arcane study of what at first seems a somewhat arcane subject, Peter Oldham, himself a concrete technologist, examines the problems of the design and construction of the pill boxes of the Western Front. He describes how the innumerable difficulties involved in what might to the untrained eye seem to be a fairly simple structure, were gradually overcome. Containing as it does, a gazetteer of the remaining pill boxes and bunkers still to be found in Flanders and Picardy, this book will prove an invaluable guide to the members of many clubs and societies which annually make pilgrimages to the battlefields of the First World War and certainly add a new dimension and interest to their visits to the Western Front.


Encyclopedia of Military Technology and Innovation

Author: Stephen Bull
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Presents nearly 600 concise entries describing the major advances in military technology from prehistory to the present, written by an internationally recognized expert in military history and technology.


ANZACS on the Western Front

Author: Peter Pedersen
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A lavishly illustrated account of the ANZACs involvement in theWestern Front--complete with walking and driving tours of 28battlefields With rare photographs and documents from the Australian WarMemorial archive and extensive travel information, this is the mostcomprehensive guide to the battlefields of the Western Front on themarket. Every chapter covers not just the battles, but the oftenlarger-than-life personalities who took part in them.Following a chronological order from 1916 through 1918, the bookleads readers through every major engagement the Australian and NewZealanders fought in and includes tactical considerations andextracts from the personal diaries of soldiers. This is the perfectbook for anyone who wants to explore the battlefields of theWestern Front, either in-person or from the comfort of home.


British Artillery on the Western Front in the First World War

Author: Sanders Marble
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Providing a systematic investigation into the evolving role of the artillery in the British Expeditionary Force, this study looks at how tactical and operational changes affected the overall Allied strategy. In line with the 'learning curve' thesis, it argues that despite many setbacks and missed opportunities, by 1918 the Royal Artillery had developed effective methods to overcome the defensive advantages of trench warfare that had mired the Western Front in bloody stalemate for the previous three years.


A global chronology of conflict

Author: Spencer Tucker
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This six-volume, chronologically organized reference offers concise entries of major military actions and related events from the earliest recorded conflicts to the present.


Concrete International

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Tommy The British Soldier on the Western Front

Author: Richard Holmes
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Groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed, Tommy is the first history of World War I to place the British soldier who fought in the trenches centre-stage.


Legacy of the Somme 1916

Author: Gerald Gliddon
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The Battle of the Somme is widely regarded as one of the bloodiest and most controversial land battles ever fought. The first British troops went over the top on 1 July 1916 and by the day's end some 19,000 had been killed in the greatest one-day loss the British Army has ever known. This notoriety has ensured that the Somme and its many fallen warriors live on in countless books, plays and films. Documentary sources about the Somme abound and there is a voracious appetite among the book-buying public for more. Legacy of the Somme 1916 is a unique bibliographical and media guide to the battle, setting on record - in as comprehensive a listing as is possible - much of what has been written, filmed or sound-recorded in the English language between 1916 and 1995. This detailed listing includes official, unofficial and unit histories of the British and Commonwealth armies; biographies, autobiographies and memoirs; literature, drama and media; archives, tanks and war graves registers. Short commentaries accompany each entry and a detailed index enables accurate cross-referencing of subjects. First and foremost this is a unique work of reference which will appeal to all with an interest in the First World War. It will aid historians, researchers and enthusiasts to track down the vast amount of information available on the battle, and will also prove valuable to libraries, museums and the book trade.


Snow ridges pillboxes

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The Western Front

Author: William Sheehan
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‘One of our fellows, while a German flare lit up his trench as it shot over it, saw half a dozen of our raw Irishmen on their knees, praying to the Virgin as if their last hour had come.’ Captain Gerald Burgoyne, C Company, 4th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles The Western Front tells the human story at the heart of a war that cost the lives of 35,000 Irishmen. Compiled by one of Ireland’s leading military historians, it recounts the experiences of the many ordinary Irishmen from all religions and backgrounds who fought in the Great War. In their own words, these men describe the horror of life in the trenches and their experience of combat during World War One. The book gives readers a real insight into the hopes, thoughts and fears of the soldiers and officers who served in Irish regiments on the Western Front. Conveying not just the thrill of enlistment and training, but also the harsh reality of life during wartime, The Western Front offers a fascinating portrayal of what it was like to serve in the ‘war to end all wars’.