A History of Trench Warfare on the Western Front

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The First World War was one of the costliest conflicts in history, much of it fought over a narrow and bloody swathe of France and Flanders. At the outbreak of war, it was anticipated that conventional battle would bring a quick resolution, but four years later, strategy, tactics and the material of war had changed almost beyond recognition. For most of that time, the two sides had been locked in the stalemate of trench warfare, a battle conducted along a Western Front of over 400 miles, in which almost 3 million men were killed.
In this anniversary edition, World War I trench expert Stephen Bull provides a complete picture of trench warfare on the Western Front, from the construction of the trenches and their different types.

Table of Contents


Western Front Chronology

The Armies of 1914 and the Problem of Attack
The Beginning of the Trenches
New Weapons and Tactics
Raiding and Sniping
Concrete and Stellungsbau
The Tank
'Over the Top'

Select Bibliography

Product details

Published May 20 2014
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 272
ISBN 9781472801326
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Stephen Bull

Dr Stephen Bull worked for the National Army Museu…


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