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The Great War Illustrated 1917 (Hardback)

Archive and Colour Photographs of WWI

WWI Military/Maritime/Historical Photo Books Colour Books 1917

By Jack Holroyd, William Langford
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9781473881617
Published: 19th September 2017


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Fourth in a series of five titles which will cover each year of the war graphically. Countless thousands of pictures were taken by photographers on all sides during the First World War. These pictures appeared in the magazines, journals and newspapers of the time. Some illustrations went on to become part of post-war archives and have appeared, and continue to appear, in present-day publications and TV documentary programmes - many did not. The Great War Illustrated series, beginning with the year 1914, will include in its pages many rarely seen images with individual numbers allocated, and subsequently they will be lodged with the Taylor Library Archive for use by editors and authors.

The Great War Illustrated 1917 covers the battles at Arras, Passchendaele and Cambrai, the use of aviation and the role of the tanks. Some images will be familiar, and many will be seen for the first time by a new generation interested in the months that changed the world for ever.

In this 100th anniversary year this new book from Pen and Sword gives an amazing collection of over 1,000 archive images of the events of 4th year of the war. Adding to the previous titles in the series which cover the three previous years of the war, 1914, 1915 and 1916 we see the changing faces of the new mechanised warfare along with the devastation it brought to parts of France and Belgium.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

An indispensable work that can not be missing in our library.

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José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

The 1917 volume of this ground breaking series contains 1,000 images from the Great War, with a middle section in full colour. Many of the photographs will have been seen before by varius people in a number of books, but their collection in this magnificent volume is its own tribute to the men who were sacrificed by the generals in a war that was meant to end in December 1914. Moving and thought provoking at the same time, and certainly not for the faint-hearted! A fitting tribute in every sense.

Books Monthly

The publisher has pulled out all the stops to make this a memorable Great War Centenary. This is the latest in one of the special series to commemorate WWI. The series reaches 1917 in this book and lays out in an outstanding photographic presentation the year that many claim as the turning point in favour of the Allies – Highly Recommended.

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About Jack Holroyd

Jack Holroyd has had a lifelong interest in military history and has given valuable input into many Pen & Sword publications. He has authored two other works of non-fiction (SS Totenkopf France 1940 and American Expeditionary Force: France 1917–1918 ) and also one work of fiction (Lost Legend of the Thryberg Hawk), all of which are published by Pen & Sword. When Jack isn’t researching military topics he spends his time cooking, reading poetry and gardening.

About William Langford

William Langford has been employed in printing and publishing for fifty years. His works for Pen & Sword include: The Great War Illustrated 1914; Great Push – The Battle of the Somme 1916; Somme Intelligence and They Were There! 1914.

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