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  • Published: 1 January 2009
  • ISBN: 9781846075827
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $32.99
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The Western Front



A new edition of Richard Holmes' classic text published to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War

For most British people, the First World War was the Western Front, the trench line stretching from the Swiss Frontier to the North Sea. It was there that the majority of nearly nine million British and Dominion soldiers who enlisted during the war served, and where most of the 947,000 who were killed met their deaths.

This detailed but accessible account covers everything from how the front was created and the experiences of the British Army in France, to the battle of Verdun and the last hundred days of the war. Holmes' concise and heartfelt narrative is illustrated with photographs, diagrams, maps and quotations that bring this inhuman four years of history to life.

In one of the best single-volume histories of the First World War available, Holmes skillfully clarifies the complexities of the Western Front, and highlights the political, military and human dilemmas of this, the most bitter and bloody of conflicts.

  • Published: 1 January 2009
  • ISBN: 9781846075827
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $32.99
Categories:

About the author

Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes was educated at Cambridge, Northern Illinois and Reading University. He was a member of the Department of War Studies at RMA Sandhurst between 1969 and 1985, when he left to command 2nd Battalion The Wessex Regiment. He was appointed Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University in 1995. Professor Holmes has written over a dozen books on military topics, is general editor of Oxford University Press's Companion to Military History and he has written and presented several television programmes, including two six-part BBC TWO series, War Walks I and War Walks II, as well as a series on the Western Front which was televised in the summer of 1999.

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Praise for The Western Front

Top notch

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A remarkable achievement

Daily Mail

Authoritative, concise, wide-ranging and readable ... it is hard to see how Richard Holmes' The Western Front can be bettered

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