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A Military Atlas Of The First World War (Paperback)

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By Arthur Banks
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 352
Illustrations: 300
ISBN: 9780850527919
Published: 13th September 2000
Last Released: 16th March 2021



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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.

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The Beacon

One of the best books of maps I've seen about any war. With 250 separate maps, you get something on just about every aspect of the war, from the familiar Western Front to the Zeppelin raids over Britain, through to the campaigns in the Middle East and beyond.
The maps in this book are very detailed. This means that they often don't give a clear first impression of a battle or concept, but if you have the time to look at them properly, then you will get far more information out of this book than from many other military atlases.
One of the advantages of this sort of book is that the maps present their information without the judgment calls that have become so common in books on the Great War. Used in conjuction with one of the narrative histories (we suggest Keegans), this book will give you a very good grasp of the events of the war, and allow you to start drawing your own conclusions.

history of war, 2001

This is a useful and helpful reference book which will be of great assistance to anyone who is studying all aspects of the First World War, either as a full-time student, a writer, or for pleasure.  In one volume, all of the key campaigns and pivotal events of the First World War are explained visually through maps, but with important pieces of information which compliment the visual mapping oveview. As well as maps, there is a fantastic section on the weapons used, with a complimentary description of how technology changed so much during this period... a book such as this is worth its weight in gold. It stands the test of time very well. Being able to refer to this detail, and flick through pages still beats flicking searching the internet.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

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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