Building the Front

German Military Structures in the Spotlight

Kristof Blieck and Jan Vancoillie

Building the Front

Kristof Blieck and Jan Vancoillie

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88 pages | 30 color plates, 70 halftones | 8 3/4 x 5 3/4
Paper $17.95 ISBN: 9789082252132 Published May 2017 For Sale in USA and Canada Only

As the German front line moved towards Ypres during World War I, the village of Zonnebeke, Belgium, became an important tactical area for the war. With military operations fairly limited in Flanders in 1916, German troops focused on making Zonnebeke a defensive network of seven lines with pioneer troops and conscripted civil laborers constructing machine gun nests, bunkers, and concrete shelters. With Building the Front, Kristof Blieck and Jan Vancoillie examine this crucial period of the war, offering unique insight into the construction of the German front line and defensive positions in Zonnebeke and Ypres. Marking the 2017 centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres, this book accompanies an exhibition at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele. In minute detail, Building the Front explores the types of hideouts and shelters constructed, the methods used to build them, the locations of underground bunkers and machine gun posts, and the creation of false trenches and painted doors used to mislead Allied air reconnaissance. 
 

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