A continuation of the popular ‘Images of War’ series, this book looks at Allied POWs in German hands during the First World War. An unusual, but well-documented subject, especially from a photographic point of view, as there appears to be at least 300 images of varying quality in this book. Many of the images are staged in an effort to give a false impression to the enemy of how well the POWs are being treated. In some cases this was true, but life was pretty tough in a German POW camp made worse by disease, a lack of food and poor medical care let alone general abuse. Much thicker than previous ‘Images of War’ books reviewed by Military Modelling, the author has taken great care to not only show what life was really like in captivity but also what it was like to be captured in the first place. What is quite surprising is the number of POWs whose war was not actually over because they were retained on the front lines in support of the German war effort. One fascinating chapter.. Read more
Military Modelling Magazine
This new addition to the Images of War series is another one on the topic of WW1, and covering in this case the French Army from the start of the war to the end. With so much interest in WW1 generated by the 100 year anniversaries since 2014, this is another interesting, and well illustrated insight into the life of the French army and its' soldiers during the course of the war. Including over 150 photos, most of which I have never seen before, there are some excellent references for modellers on both uniforms and equipment, as well as some interesting dioramas. Even for the non-modeller, this look at what life was like for the French soldier during WW1, including their life both in the front and behind it, but also their training and the medical support they could expect as well. The losses inflicted on the French nation had a huge impact, and of course went on to influences them years later when faced with the threat of WW2 as well. The conditions they had to fight in were often awful,.. Read more
Military Modelling, Robin Buckland
This is the third volume in Langford and Holroyd's defnitive visual history of the Great War, this time containing, obviously, photos from the battle of the Somme. It didn't change the war, in fact it changed very little, but the effect in terms of numbers of servicemen killed or wounded is something that strikes one numb with incredulity even a hundred years on, when memories should be fading. Another thing to bear in mind is the fact that many of the photos taken that show Tommies and Germans racing into no man's land etc., were staged for propaganda purposes - the trench scenes, the parade scenes were obviously real, but the lack of explosions in such action shots is a giveaway. This monumental work tells the story of the Great War in a way that cannot be expressed in words. It and its companion volumes have pride of place on my bookshelf and I recommend it to anyone with a passing or scholarly interest in WW1. Utterly amazing.
Books Monthly, Paul Norman
honestly believe that this really is one book that anyone with the even the slightest interest in the Great War will appreciate, as it is includes one of the best collections of war photographs I have seen in many years. This splendid publication tells the story, through these rare and previously unpublished pictures, of the 1/5th Battalion of the York and Lancashire Regiment (a Territorial Army unit), from the time of its mobilisation in August 1914, through to the battalion seeing action in the trenches of the Ypres Salient . The photographer responsible for this remarkable collection was a junior officer from Sheffield, who whilst serving with the Regiment during those early war years, took his camera just about everywhere with him. Thanks to his forethought in those troubled times, his legacy now provides us with a unique record of the brave “weekend soldiers” from South Yorkshire, when they were called upon to “plug the gaps” in the Regular Army, as it was experiencing severe.. Read more
Roll of Honour, Michael D. Booker