World War I Illustrated Atlas

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Pub Date 14 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 3 Nov 2023
Amber Books Ltd, Amber Books

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World War I might conjure up images of the trenches of the Western Front where the fighting raged for nearly four and half years, but this was only part of what was truly a world war. It was a complex conflict fought in a number of theatres: an air war, a land war fought in the Balkans, Italy, Africa, Turkey and the Middle East, and also a naval war fought in the North Sea, South Atlantic, South Pacific and Indian Oceans. The ‘Great War’ introduced killing on an unprecedented scale and resulted in the loss of millions of lives. World War I Illustrated Atlas is a comprehensive visual guide to this complex conflict. In fine detail, it plots the exact course of the land, sea and air campaigns, enabling the reader to trace the ebb and flow of the fortunes of all sides. With more than 180 full-colour maps, every theatre of war is covered – from the Western Front to Penang, from Gallipoli to Galicia, from Dogger Bank to Dalmatia, from Romania to Rhodesia and from the Falklands to Togo and the Sinai desert. All the maps have been specially commissioned from an expert cartographer. Each map is designed to highlight a particular aspect of the war – thus maps vary in shape and size, with some giving a global perspective while others depict the exact movement of armed forces on land, sea or in the air. Battles such as Jutland, the Somme, Cambrai and the Gallipoli campaign are shown in great detail. All maps are accompanied by an explanatory key. With expert, accessible text and accompanying archival photographs, this complete atlas provides an invaluable work of reference for both the general reader and the serious student of World War I.

World War I might conjure up images of the trenches of the Western Front where the fighting raged for nearly four and half years, but this was only part of what was truly a world war. It was a...

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This book is amazing! I really enjoyed all the photographs and maps, and while I know the story of World War I. these maps will be a game changer. I definitely want to get a physical copy and use it in my classroom. I was especially interested in all of the U-Boat sinking sites. I saw the U-505 in Chicago a few years ago on a private tour, and I've seriously been obsessed since. WWI gets so overshadowed by WWII, but this I hope will bring back some much needed attention to the war that started it all!

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Neiberg has given us a pretty good tool to look at the First World War. The World War I Illustrated Atlas is full of essential overviews and details in maps that give, sector by sector, month by month, in some cases, even day by day accounts of the conflict that ranged over the entire world and killed tens of millions.

Don't get me wrong, it isn't perfect. This is a book that cannot possibly include all of the details, but it's a great reference that will come in handy when doing research, or just trying to get a handle on what happened. WWI was a conflict that had masses of data as the mainspring of organization. For a war that had so much inept blunders by individuals that ended up killing masses of people, the war generated statistics that still today we are trying to get a handle on. This reference guide, does help, but nothing can ever be a complete reference on such a large subject.

I highly recommend this book.

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Chair of War Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College, Michael Neiberg’s <i>World War I Illustrated Atlas</i> presents a visually rich and easy to read history of World War I.

The book is divided into seven sections, starting with an overview of the conditions that led to war before shifting the focus to the Balkans, where the war began. From there Neiberg moves through the different theatres of war: the eastern and western fronts, the wider (global) war, sea and air, and concluding with the aftermath. For each of these there are brief written descriptions and a wealth of maps showing the entire combat eras and then focusing on specific geographic locations for the individual battles.

Each section begins with archival photos, as the emphasis here is on visual information. Neiberg condenses complicated multi phase battles and the changing strategies of the militaries into short descriptions to accompany the many maps. Keys are highly important for understanding the presented information, with the focus on military campaigns in the different theatres.

An excellent short work for those who know little of World War I looking to understanding the campaigns and battles year to year. For more focused exploration of specific battles or the individual experience, readers will need to look elsewhere.

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