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World War I Trench Warfare (2)

by: Dave O'Meara [ GRUMPYOLDMAN ]

Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

Once again, a small 64-page book packed with interesting photos, and information of the combatants of WWI between 1916 to the end of the war. The coverage is comparable to World War I Trench Warfare (1), but with a much broader view of the war, the situations, the combat, and the insanity of the War to end all wars.

Starting off with “The Big Push” in 1916, it contains some interesting accounts of the action. Then it moves on to the helmets and body armor used, and their development. The next section covers the anatomy of Raids, and then moves into Sniping.

All this action of course brings about “New Defensive Tactics.” Digging deeper, stronger trenches and bunkers. The new light machine guns are covered next, followed by the “New German Offensive Tactics.” Of course this brings about the “New British Offensive Tactics.”

Color Plates and Illustrations
The color plates are outstanding, and as always there is a detailed description of each located in the rear of the book. Each page contains several photos of combatants, all which are extremely clear, and full of detail. The many drawings of trenches and bunkers will be of interest to those planning a detailed diorama of a World War I bunker. Although the images are small, they are easy enough to see, even for my old eyes, and give a good idea of bunker construction, and configurations. Photos, and diagrams of various grenades used are also included (I never knew they had so many different types).

Once again a winner in my opinion. No, it still hasn’t made me an expert on World War I, but has increased the knowledge base a little in a simple, easy to understand format. Osprey is to be commended for their continued coverage of this neglected period. I highly recommend this to any figure modeler or painter with an interest in this time period, for a general overview, and some interesting figure/vignette ideas.
For those interested in a more detailed study of various countries uniforms during WWI, be sure to see some of Ospreys other offerings.

Once again I picked up this title at Barnes and Nobel for $16.95 US.
World War I Trench Warfare (2) from Osprey Publishing, written By Dr. Stephen Bull, Illustrations by: Adam Hook. Number 84 in the Elite Series, this picks up where number 78 World War I Trench Warfare (1) ended. Again I’ll be placing this in the figure area, due to its predominant coverage of figures and the equipment used during the 1916 to 1918 period of World War I.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: 1841761982
  Suggested Retail: $16.95
  Related Link: Osprey Publishing
  PUBLISHED: Aug 02, 2005

About Dave O'Meara (Grumpyoldman)

I'm rewriting this in a much more humoristic way, to help over inflate my ego, and place my self on a pedestal, because I don't have a life, and plastic models are the only thing I live for. I plead guilty as charged to excessive babble, light hearted humor, and continued encouragement to youngsters...

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