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by Richard Holmes

Category: World
Subcategory: History books
Author: Richard Holmes
ISBN: 0563537841
ISBN13: 978-0563537847
Language: English
Publisher: Bbc Book Pub (February 28, 2001)
Pages: 224
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Publisher: BBC Books ISBN 13: 9780563384939.

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Richard Holmes brings the Western Front to life in this richly detailed and authoritative book, in a way that goes deep beneath scholarly debate, ripping off the veneer of clich which now covers the war as it really was. The book, like the series, is both chronological and thematic, following the story of the Western Front whilst picking out particular episodes in its history to highlight more general themes. Individual events are thus used to illuminate wider truths to form a descriptive yet deeply analytical book.

The Western Front was created by the war’s opening campaign. The Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71 had been a humiliating defeat for the French, and at its end France’s two easternmost provinces, Alsace and Lorraine, were ceded to Germany. The logic that encouraged the Allies to attack on the Western Front, to recover friendly territory, worked in reverse for the Germans, and persuaded them to remain on the defensive, holding gains which would prove useful bargaining counters if there was a compromise peace. They made only three major exceptions, in 1915, in 1916 at Verdun, and in the spring of 1918.

The Western Front drew men of my grandfathers’ generation to it like a malign and . And yet the front needs to be kept in proper perspective.

The Western Front drew men of my grandfathers’ generation to it like a malign and irresistible magnet. During the course of the First World War about 4 million British soldiers served there.

His other books include The Western Front and Dusty Warriors. As well as his work as an academic and writer, Richard Holmes joined the Territorial Army in 1964, and served for over 35 years, retiring as a brigadier and Britain’s most senior reservist. Richard Holmes, whose mastery of the British Army is unequalled, describes its Indian experience with affectionate realism and a wealth of anecdotes. worthy memorial of one of the most extraordinary experiences in British history’. MAX HASTINGS, Sunday Telegraph.

Richard Holmes at his best. Richard Holmes was one of Britain’s most distinguished and eminent military historians and broadcasters. Excellent description of life for a British soldier in the First World War. He writes with technical proficiency, good scholarship, and underlying it all, strong sentiment. For many years Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Royal Military College of Science, he also taught military history at Sandhurst. He was the author of many best-selling and widely acclaimed books including Redcoat, Tommy, Marlborough and Wellington, and famous for his BBC series such as War Walks, In the Footsteps of Churchill and Wellington.

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Sinredeemer
This book deals with the war from the Allied and German side as it was fought on the Western Front. I found it very interesting and full of details on the weapons, tactics and SANFUS that each side comitted. It expalined how the Germans were able to over come the stagnation of trench warfare with new infiltration tactics while the Allies continued with bloody wave attacks that gained no ground. Eventually the British blockade of Germany, the US entery into the war and the tank lead to the defeat of the Central Powers. If you are interested in a fast paced descriptive view of tactics as practiced on the Western Front then read this book.
The Sphinx of Driz
My son loved this book!
Kashicage
THis should not be a book, but some sort of a College study, nothing more than that! It's boring, unconclusive, adds nothing new to the reade acostumed with WW I literature !!!
ACOS
I checked this book out from our local library a few years back not expecting much from it. With 'TV Books' I though it would come up short concerning its coverage of WWI.

But to my great surprise this book was an interesting read. The maps and photographs blend with Holmes' narrative to give the reader a very comprehensive offering of WWI. Nothing superficial here! I liked it so much that later when in a larger area bookstore, purchased a copy for myself.

While I have no real, serious critique to offer concerning this book, I do feel the photographs illustrate more the British and Austrailian efforts in the Great War. But rather than be set back by this I am pleased because most WWI books I own or have read concentrate mostly on the 'doughboys.'

Not an expert on this, did minor in history in college. However, it is just beyond me how any reasonable reader could not enjoy this fairly comprehensive book on WWI.
Thordibandis
Richard Holmes has written a no-nonsense concise guide to both World War I and the controversial historiography that has dogged the conflict ever since. He summarizes the events of the Western Front (only--other theaters are mentioned only as they impact Germany's decisions about force allocation) quickly, perhaps too quickly for my taste. He slows down a little bit when reviewing the major controversies from the war over tactics, strategy, and war guilt, where he examines the different schools of thought with an even hand. Sometimes his hand is too even: on some topics, particularly when discussing the question of why trench warfare degenerated into such bloody, futile slaughter, I wanted Holmes to be bolder in naming names.
But these are petty disagreements with what is a very successful attempt to summarize the events on the Western Front. I hope Holmes will someday give other theaters similar treatment.
Tetaian
i'm not an expert on to the western front, but this book allowed me to have a very good historycal and military picture of the events on the western front. for me this is an excellent briefing for further readings into more detailed section/ops on this front.
Shazel
A book that adds little to historical knowledge, or the reputation of the author for that matter. I wonder why the editor will let it go to press at all.
[Mom says: my 6th grader is reviewing these books.]

Gary Jeffrey has written many graphic history books about World War II. I am trying to read them all. They are good at teaching because 1) they use color. 2) they all start with 4 pages of background about the war, so you understand the context. 3) they are divided into chapters, and each chapter tells the story of a battle from one person's perspective. It may be an ally or a civilian, or it may be an enemy, so the author gives you a good sense of what it is like to be in a war. 4) the book has 4 pages in the back explaining the battles. 5) glossary and index. The glossary explains words like: expeditionary force, puppet government, USAF, vector.

First battle: The Battle for Britain, told by John Bentley-Beard. He was a British pilot. He destroyed a Heinkel, a Messerschmitt, and made it home despite low fuel. In the second half the battle, he was swarmed by enemy aircraft and anti-aircraft guns. He was shot down at the same time he shot a Dionier 17 out of the sky. He had to bail out and his leg was injured. He survived.

Second battle: D-Day, Omaha Beach, told by Harold Baumgarten. We was an American infantry soldier. This part has blood. Blood underwater, blood on the beach, blood in the face. Omaha Beach was a hard-fought invasion site -- it was a killing ground. We won because there was no way out, except forward. There was no going back. The lightly wounded kept fighting. The heavily wounded got evacuated out. This was an exciting chapter. I have respect for these veterans.

Third battle: The Bridge at Remagen, told by Alexander A. Drabik. He was an American infantryman. The Germans tried to blow up the bridge, but instead, they "holed" it -- they punched holes in the roadbed. The Pershing tanks helped win this battle by blowing up the gun towers and a barge. You "see" hear the bullets and explosions all over the page. This chapter is action-packed. The Americans won the battle.

Warning for the squeamish: this book can get gory
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