The War Walk : A Journey Along the Western Front Paperback
Part of the Cassell Military Paperbacks series
A tourist guide, a history and a personal story of the Western Front 1914-18 Nigel Jones's uncle was killed in action near Ypres in 1915, aged just eighteen, and his father served on Field Marshal Haig's staff: no wonder then, that he has always been fascinated by the First World War. THE WAR WALK describes his pilgrimage to the Western Front battlefields: it is a compelling blend of history, travel and personal anecdotes from some of the last surviving veterans of the First World War. He follows the old trench networks from the Belgian coast to the Swiss frontier, bringing each battlefield to life with vivid eyewitness testimony and investigating how the sites are preserved today for modern visitors.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 280 pages, 46, 6 maps
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 05/08/2004
- Category: True war & combat stories
- ISBN: 9780304366835
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Review by Schmerguls
This book was published first in 1983 and is an account of the author's walk visiting World War I battle fields. The author was born in 1961 so he did his tour and wrote this book when he was in his early 20's. It may tell a bit more about the battles themselves than one familiar with the war needs to have recounted, but his account of his observations over 60 years after the war ended is well-done and full of interest. Especially full of interet is his account of Verdun--although I suppose nothing will be as poignant as an actual visit there would be. But if you can't tour the battle fields of France reading this account is probably the next best thing.