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A Military Atlas Of The First World War (Paperback)

WWI Colour Books 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918

By Arthur Banks
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 340
ISBN: 9780850527919
Published: 13th September 2000
Last Released: 18th July 2013

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This is a unique study of the conflict of 1914-18 on land, sea and in the air, through maps, diagrams and illustrations. Within the scope of some 250 maps, Arthur Banks has presented both broad general surveys of political and military strategy, and the most closely researched details of major individual campaigns and engagements. These are supplemented by comprehensive analysis of military strengths and command structures and illustrations.

Where to start? In clear, easy to follow maps, full of explanatory notes, the whole of WW1 is laid out for the reader; on land, on the sea, under the sea and in the air. And not just the well-known campaigns, this book is global from the naval shelling and aerial bombing of locations in Britain to knock-on effect actions in Mexico and the Caribbean to the ill-fated attempt to re-supply German forces in East Africa by Zepplin from Bulgaria. There are even sections on personal arms, both light and heavy weapons, aircraft and aerial combat manoevers, ships, munitions and even mines, all well illustrated.

Some critics have bemoaned the lack of topographical detail. There are many excellent volumes that include such and which could be used in companion with this book but A Military Atlas Of The First World War does not need such detail.

Even if you only have the most casual interest in the First World War this book is a must have. The amount of research put in by the author must have been mind blowing, so much so that he, apologetically, does not include a bibliography. Ten stars +.

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