Mapping the First World War: The Great War Through Maps from 1914 to 1918

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9780007522200: Mapping the First World War: The Great War Through Maps from 1914 to 1918

Follow the conflict of World War I from 1914-1918 through a unique collection of historical maps, expert commentary, and photographs   More than 150 maps, some previously unpublished, are used here to demonstrate how World War I was fought around the world. Small scale maps show country boundaries and occupied territories, large-scale maps cover the key battles and offensives on all fronts of the war, and trench maps show detailed positions of the front line. Maps from newspapers are also included, as well as battle planning maps and propaganda. Key offensives covered include the Battles of the Marne and Ypres; Tannenberg and the Eastern Front; Verdun and the Somme; the Gallipoli Campaign; Battle of Jutland; the Advances to Jerusalem, Damascus, and Baghdad; Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele; and German 1918 offensives and Allied counter-offensives. Along with the maps, key historical events are described, giving an illustrated history of the war from an expert historian.

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About the Author:

Peter Chasseaud is a historian of military cartography, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the founder of the Historical Military Mapping Group of the British Cartographic Society, a member of the Defence Surveyors' Association, and the author of definitive works on trench mapping and toponymy. Imperial War Museums are a family of five museums in England that seek to provide for and encourage the study and understanding of the history of modern war and "wartime experience." 

Review:

"The appeal of this richly illustrated work lies in the maps—barrage maps, diagrams of 'battlefield geometry' for artillery, diagrams showing the elevation of craters made by exploding mines, and pioneering aerial photography."  —Guardian

"Brings a lifetime's work to fruition by telling the war's story through the maps that charted it."  —Literary Review

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