WWI Trench Systems

Douglas Hardy

Date Published :
August 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Wargames Terrain and Buildings
Illustration :
250 color illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526793546
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 9.5 X 9.6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Although it was a global conflict, for many WW1 is synonymous with the war in the trenches of the Western Front. For anyone wargaming these battles a good trench system is a must.

Douglas Hardy is a very experienced wargamer and terrain modeller and a member of the Western Front Association who has walked the battlefields many times. From the initial choice between stand-alone pieces on a mat or a fixed, bespoke layout, through to final detailing, he shares his experience, giving practical advice on building your own trench system.

He considers the differences between British, German and French trenches, which differed in design and construction, as well as developments in defences through the phases of the war. A trench system is not just the trench itself of course, but also the dugouts, barbed wire entanglements, sandbags, gun emplacements and pillboxes. Shell holes and shattered forests are also covered. Each element is explained in step-by-step detail, illustrated with numerous color photos and there are also reference photos of real trenches.

About The Author

The author is a very experienced wargamer and model terrain builder. He is a member of the Western Front Association and has visited the battlefields of France and Belgium numerous times. He lives in the Southeast of England.


"If you've ever thought about creating WWI trench systems, here's the book to pick up to learn from an expert."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"The best thing about this book is the large amount of photos showing the author's own trench systems, both in progress and finished."

- The Miniatures Page

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