Military historian Richard Holmes turns his attention to the infamous First World War trench line, the Western Front. Of the nine million British and Dominion soldiers who were killed in action in the Great War, most died here. In this thorough examination of the role the Front played in the war, the eminent historian Richard Holmes considers its initial creation, the rapid expansion of the British army (which led to problems with the supply of men and munitions), the challenge of coping with life and death at the Front, and the regular attempts by soldiers to "break the trench". He also examines two major battles in detail, those of the Somme and Verdun.
Richly detailed and highly authoritative, Holmes' work clarifies the complexities of the Western Front and examines its context within the most bitter and bloody of wars.
©2012 Richard Holmes (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
I would have liked to read the unabridged version. I've read a lot about WWI and I still found new and interesting information in this little book. It's a good synthesis to start or finish anyone's WWI reading list with. Easy to follow, not boring, well organised chronologically and into topics, touching, succinct... it has everything you may wish in exchange for 3 hours and a half.
Whilst this is not a long audiobook when compared to others available it is none the less an extremely informative and well-presented piece. Covering the Western Front throughout its formation and to the eventual cessation of hostiles the author has done a very impressive job of keeping the human element visible throughout rather than resort to long lists of units and dates which can occur when this subject is discussed.
I would highly recommend this both to anyone who has already listened to or read a lot about the world war one on the western front as you will be surprised at how much new information you will gain from this audio. For anyone looking to start learning about the hell that occurred in France during WW1 this would make an extremely good place to start.
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