Voices from the Battlefields

Matthew Richardson

Date Published :
January 2014
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
100 color and b/w illustrations
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ISBN : 9781848847774
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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The opening battles on the Western Front marked a watershed in military history. A dramatic, almost Napoleonic war of movement quickly gave way to static, attritional warfare in which modern weaponry had forced the combatants to take to the earth. Some of the last cavalry charges took place in the same theater in which armored cars, motorcycles and airplanes were beginning to make their presence felt. These dramatic developments were recorded in graphic detail by soldiers who were eyewitnesses to them. There is a freshness and immediacy to their accounts which Matthew Richardson exploits in this thoroughgoing reassessment of the 1914 campaign. His vivid narrative emphasizes the perspective of the private soldiers and the junior officers of the British Army, the men at the sharp end of the fighting.

About The Author

Matthew Richardson is Curator of Social History at Manx National Heritage and was formerly Assistant Keeper of the Liddle Collection at the University of Leeds. He has a long-term interest in military history and has published several outstanding books on the subject including _1914: Voices from the Battlefields, The Hunger War: Food, Rations and Rationing 1914-1918_ and _Eyewitness on the Somme 1916._ He is also an expert on the history of the Isle of Man TT and worked with Dave Molyneux on _The Racer’s Edge: Memoirs of an Isle of Man TT Legend._

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