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Product Details

  • Series: Fortress (Book 24)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (September 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841767603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841767604
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paddy Griffith is a freelance military historian based in Manchester. His groundbreaking books on low-level tactics include Forward Into Battle (1981 and 1990), Battle Tactics of the Civil War (1986) and Battle Tactics of the Western Front (1994). He has also written extensively on wargames, and is currently active in the South Manchester Tactical Society and in the Battlefields Trust.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. A Forczyk VINE VOICE on December 31, 2004
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British military historian Paddy Griffith provides an interesting introduction to the defensive tactics and techniques used on the Western Front in the First World War in Osprey's Fortress #24. While the volume is a bit overly succinct in some areas, the author provides an insightful and useful summary of the main characteristics of the defensive measures that shaped the course of the First World War in the West. Although much of the focus is on the British and German experience, there is just enough on the Belgians and French to provide some balance (although no surprise, American readers will find the AEF's trench experiences unmentioned in this account).

After a short introduction to the layout of the First World War Western Front, Griffith lays out sections on the 1914-18 operational history of fortifications, principles of defense and the design and development of the three main types of fortifications. Griffith also provides interesting notes on the sites today, which would make this volume a useful tool for anyone interested in viewing the remnants or reconstructions of First World War trench systems. One of the highlights of this volume is the seven color scenes by artist Peter Dennis (underground fighting at Fort Vaux; a British trench of 1914-5; the Battle of Cambrai 1917; British trench system on the Somme, 1916; German trenches and deep dugouts; German fortifications in depth at Third Ypres 1917; British defenses in depth, 1918). Additionally, Griffith provides one 2-D map of the Western Front and an excellent bibliography.

There are a number of interesting and often ignored points in this volume. Griffith mentions that it was actually the French in 1915 that first employed storm trooper type tactics.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By De Marelle on June 5, 2010
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Fantastic read about the fortifications of the Western Front.
Highly recommandable.

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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane P. Neale on June 4, 2008
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I hve only perused this book but look forward to digesting it completely. My choice of the book was spurred on by reading Jacqueline Winspear's sseries about Maggie Dobbs and my father's participation in WWI. So curiosity led me forward. I am glad I could find books like this.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fort Geek on February 13, 2006
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This is an extremely good well illustrated intrdouction to World War I fortifications. The only problem is it barely scratches the surface, but its only 60 pages.
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