World War I Trench Warfare : 1914-1916 Pt.1 Paperback
by Stephen Bull
Illustrated by Adam Hook
Part of the Elite series
The years from 1914 to 1918 saw a whole series of complex and very rapid changes in infantry tactics, which fundamentally altered the way wars had been fought for 150 years.
This two-part study describes and illustrates the development of infantry equipment and weapons; of support weapons; of field fortifications; and, most importantly, exactly how these items and techniques were all employed in attack and defence.
The texts are illustrated with contemporary photos and diagrams, and with new colour plates combining details of uniforms, equipment and weapons with 'bird's-eye views' explaining their use in battle.
In short, they offer a detailed but accessible tactical guidebook on 'how to fight a trench war'.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 64 pages, 65 b&w and colour illustrations
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 15/02/2002
- Category: General & world history
- ISBN: 9781841761978
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Review by Shrike58
Though the legend of the Great War is that of almost continuous stalemate, it's not as though the combatants were standing pat for the duration of the war. A more accurate depiction is of furious running in place, as tactical and technological change to alternately strengthen and break the fortified lines that came into being by the end of 1914 took place. The first of two parts, this booklet concentrates on the creation of the trenches, and the first efforts to maximize personal and small-unit firepower in the wake of massed riflemen failing as a solution to entrenched automatic weapons.Though not exactly a failing, apart from a few illustrations this book has very little to say about trench warfare away from the Western Front and the experiences of those forces involved.