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The German Army on Campaign 1914 - 1918 (Paperback)

Military WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Somme

By Coda Books, Bob Carruthers
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781473837829
Published: 17th February 2016



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This is the photographic history of the German Army on campaign throughout the First World War. The most striking images from the German perspective are gathered here and form a significant historical record of one of the most important events of modern history.

In 1914, the German war machine began its advance into Europe. By 1918 the German Army had lost over two million men, and suffered through some of the most horrific events in human memory. In a war caused by politics, it was the ordinary men who lost their lives and here we aim to highlight the human cost of the conflict from beginning to end.

This is a collection of photographs, showing how similar life was on the other side of no man’s land, as well as highlighting the differences.

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Reviewed on War History Online

War History Online, Mark Barnes

The ‘Images of War’ series of a very inspired idea on the part of Pen & Sword. The quality and selection of photographs within is first class with just the right amount of text from the worthy Bob Carruthers to put them in their correct context.

A book that proves every picture tells a story.

Destructive Music

Bob Carruthers's book looks at the conflict from the point of view of the Germans, reminding us of the eventual two million dead ordinary people who, like the men of Britain, responded to a call to arms that was ultimately futile and tragic.

Books Monthly, May 2016 - Paul Norman

Bob Caruthers is better known as a WW2 author but his new Images of War: The German Army on Campaign 1914-1918 offers his expertise on the German Army in the Great War. The book is not just about Verdun, covering the whole war, but it is certainly a theme. The images are drawn from private collections as well as official sources, so many of them are published for the first time. An excellent visual overview of the German Army in WW1.

WW1 Centenary - Paul Reed

Another new WW1 period addition to the Images of War series from Bob Carruthers for Pen and Sword. There is lots in here for anyone interested in WW1, and there has been a lot of interest in the period as we work through the 100 year anniversary of each year of the war. After a few pages of background text, the rest of the story is told through a fine collection of period photos.

This one isn't divided into separate chapters, just the one collection of photos which give a chronological sequence to the story. It is particularly interesting to see the changes in the uniforms and equipment worn by the troops of the German Army as the war progressed. For the modeller there is a lot of useful material. There are all the uniforms and personal equipment, even gas masks for both the men and their mules but there are also the trench mortars, artillery and even the A7V tanks all included in here. For anyone wanting to build dioramas, there are also plenty of details showing the detailed construction of German trenches and dugouts.

It is also right to point out that a number of the images show not only the devastation caused to the French countryside but also the men themselves, and the horrors of the war for men and horses on all sides of the conflict are well illustrated, in this case from the German side. Photo collections such as this remain very popular, a fact well illustrated by the regular release of new titles in this Images of War series.

Military Modelling Online - Robin Buckland

About Coda Books

From 2012, Pen and Sword Digital will be providing viewers with a brand new selection of films (and books) from Coda Books. Split into two series, Hitler’s War Machine and World War II From Primary Sources, they will give readers a chance to see the original footage from the events of the Second World War, as well as original propaganda material and films used by both sides during the conflict.

About Bob Carruthers

Bob Carruthers is one of the UK’s leading military historians and is famous in the UK for the bestselling book The Wehrmacht in Russia, published by Pen & Sword, which topped Amazon bestseller charts in 2012. Bob is also an Emmy AwardTM winning filmmaker whose work in the form of series such as Battlefield, Line of Fire, and Weapons of War are channel staples that are shown on BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, PBS and numerous other channels around the world.

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