Shots from the Front: The British Soldier 1914-18 (Paperback)
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Shots from the Front: The British Soldier 1914-18 (Paperback)

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A handsomely illustrated photographic account, by the bestselling author of 'Tommy', of the human experience of war as directly witnessed by British soldiers in the First World War.

Richard Holmes, one of Britain's best-known military historians (and President of the British Commission of Military History), has selected over 200 photographs taken for the most part by officers and men rather than by official photographers - mostly unfamiliar ones located in archive collections, regimental museums and private sources.

The book will deal with the whole of the British Army's experience of the First World War - Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, and so on - and not just on the Western Front. The photographs will be grouped thematically as extended picture essays; topics include the pre-war army and mobilisation of 1914; the contribution made by nurses; medical treatment and the wounded; infantrymen and their weapons; the campaign in Mesopotamia and more.

Like 'Tommy', the book is about people rather than things, about the human experience of war rather than its strategy or tactics, and at least as much about the everyday or commonplace - a latrine here or a plate of bully beef there - as about the lofty or portentous. It shows us the dirt beneath the fingernails of history.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007275496
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 740 g
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`An indispensible companion to the letters and journals.The photos are extraordinary ... Holmes's commentary is superlative. He notices everything ... it provides a calm, outstandingly knowledgeable guide to the carnage' Daily Mail

`A very valuable book...Holmes's expertise in the minutiae of warfare makes him the ideal guide...One of the most readable of military historians...his empathy with his subject is obvious but he does not allow it to cloud his historical judgement. As a consequence specialists as well as general readers will gain much from this book.' BBC History Magazine (Pick of the Month)

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“Shots from the Front”

A kind of edited, illustrated version of Holmes' "Tommy", "Shots from the Front" tells the soldiers' story of the Great War through a series of unusual, mostly unfamiliar photographs.... More

Paperback edition
24th July 2013
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“A great book to read!”

Richard Holmes has not only touched upon the horror and devastation of this War to end Wars, but has also narrated in a fluid story of the British Army as it then was in 1914 and the society around which it was... More

Paperback edition
10th October 2010
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