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World War I Illustrated Atlas

Michael S. Neiberg

World War I might conjure up images of the trenches of the Western Front where the fighting raged for nearly four and half years, but this was only part of what was truly a world war. It was a complex... Read moreRead less

World War I might conjure up images of the trenches of the Western Front where the fighting raged for nearly four and half years, but this was only part of what was truly a world war. It was a complex conflict fought in a number of theatres: an air war, a land war fought in the Balkans, Italy, Africa, Turkey and the Middle East, and also a naval war fought in the North Sea, South Atlantic, South Pacific and Indian Oceans. The ‘Great War’ introduced killing on an unprecedented scale and resulted in the loss of millions of lives.
World War I Illustrated Atlas is a comprehensive visual guide to this complex conflict. In fine detail, it plots the exact course of the land, sea and air campaigns, enabling the reader to trace the ebb and flow of the fortunes of all sides. With more than 180 full-colour maps, every theatre of war is covered – from the Western Front to Penang, from Gallipoli to Galicia, from Dogger Bank to Dalmatia, from Romania to Rhodesia and from the Falklands to Togo and the Sinai desert.
All the maps have been specially commissioned from an expert cartographer. Each map is designed to highlight a particular aspect of the war – thus maps vary in shape and size, with some giving a global perspective while others depict the exact movement of armed forces on land, sea or in the air. Battles such as Jutland, the Somme, Cambrai and the Gallipoli campaign are shown in great detail. All maps are accompanied by an explanatory key.
With expert, accessible text and accompanying archival photographs, this complete atlas provides an invaluable work of reference for both the general reader and the serious student of World War I.

Format: 264 x 202 hb
Extent: 192pp
Word count: 40000
Illustrations: 220 maps and photos
ISBN: 9781838860912

Michael S. Neiberg

Michael S. Neiberg is Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the author or editor of numerous books, as well as articles and book reviews in 20 different journals. He specializes in World War I and the global dimension of the history of warfare.

With expert, accessible text and accompanying archival photographs, this complete atlas provides an invaluable work of reference for both the general reader and the serious student of World War I.
One of my biggest regrets is never meeting my great-grandfather. All I know about him is he fought in World War One, was shot in the calf somewhere on the Western Front and abandoned in woodland while injured. They left him there for four days, by which time the gangrenous leg needed removing.
Perhaps it’s this regret, but I’ve always loved books like this World War 1 Illustrated Atlas. I used to love the battlefield diagrams and trying to understand the order of movement.
When I received this book, I read the introduction and immediately went to the battles I knew from high school. The Somme. Passchendaele. Verdun. I devoured these pages and felt a new appreciation for their scale and cost. I wanted a little more of the human element, however. I realise this is a book of maps, but I’d have loved some stories about men who fought in the battles pictured or even to know the butcher’s bill.
Once I’d been through the battles I knew, I moved to broader areas of the war. It’s all in here. Each theatre of war and each battle. They map each theatre in chronological order. Each page deepens one’s understanding of just how massive the “Forgotten War” really was.
For me, the cherries on the cake were the areas we missed in school. I did not know there was a Palestinian or a South American front to the war. I did not fully appreciate the technological advances that made warfare and killing ever more efficient. I do now.
I really enjoyed browsing through the World War 1 Illustrated Atlas, and I have a feeling I’ll be returning to it frequently. Each time, I have no doubt I’ll get something new from these pages. Well recommended.
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E.M., YADudes.ca

ISBN 9781838860912 hb

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