Geoff Bridger's The Great War Handbook answers many of the basic questions newcomers ask when confronted by this enormous and challenging subject - not only what happened and why, but what was the Great War like for ordinary soldiers who were caught up in it. He describes the conditions the soldiers endured, the deadly risks they ran, their daily routines and the small roles they played in the complex military machine they were part of. His comprehensive survey of every aspect of the soldier's life, from recruitment and training, through the experience of battle and its appalling aftermath, is an essential guide for students, family historians, teachers and anyone who is eager to gain an all-round understanding of the nature of the conflict. His authoritative handbook gives a fascinating insight into the world of the Great War - it is a basic reference book that no student of the subject can afford to be without.
The book is indexed, but the table of contents is detailed, identifying all the subheadings. This makes it easy to find information on a specific subject. If you have a British World War... [read full review]Paul Milner, FGS Forum, Spring 2011
Geoff Bridger's The Great War Handbook answers many of the basic questions newcomers ask when confronted by this enormous and challenging subject. His comprehensive survey of every aspect of the soldier's life is an... [read full review]Kent Family History Society Journal
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