World War I was a global military conflict that embroiled most of the world's great powers. Economic and industrial developments meant that armies of previously unequaled size could be supplied and kept fighting, leading to a casualty toll never before seen. More than 14 million soldiers and civilians were killed, with a further 21 million troops wounded, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in history.
This engaging and poignant book is divided into seven chapters, one on each of the five years of the war, plus an introductory chapter on its origins, and a concluding chapter on its aftermath and legacy.
The chapters follow the war's battles and campaigns, and there are special feature boxes on a variety of subjects, including key personalities and points of significant interest. The first battle of Ypres, battles in Champagne and Artois, the winter offensive against Russia, and the battle of Caporetto are all discussed in detail, as are accounts of the February Revolution and the breaking of the Hindenburg line.
The history of World War I is told here via an expert but accessible approach, and is supplemented with over 350 evocative photographs, maps and battle plans, making this a fascinating reference book ideal for both general and specialist readers.
Ian Westwell is a respected historian who has written numerous articles and more than 15 books on all aspects of military history. His most recent publications include Brandenburgers: The Third Reich's Special Forces, Condor Legion: The Wehrmacht Training Ground (both by Spearhead), and World War I: Day by Day (Spellmount Military Handbooks).