The Western Front

Battlefields, Memorials and Cemeteries of the First World War

Marcel Belley

The Western Front

Marcel Belley

Distributed for Uniform Press

220 pages | 230 color plates | 8 3/4 x 10 1/2
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781910500675 Published November 2017 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
The area of Belgium and northern France that was the Western Front during World War I is a place like no other. In a line running seven hundred kilometers from the English Channel to the Swiss border, millions of men over the course of four years witnessed the horrors of trench warfare. When the war finally ended, entire communities were devastated, and the ensuing grief can still be seen today in the countless cemeteries and memorials that dot the landscape.
 
Though much has been written of the British experience and the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to erect national memorials, there has been substantially less research on the American, French, and German sites. The Western Front seeks to fill this gap. In 2013, photographer Marcel Belley and a friend traveled the entire length of the Western Front. Belley’s images, collected here, tell the powerful story of the Front and capture many memorials overlooked in guidebooks and more popular narratives.
 
One of the only books to explore the efforts of the major combatants along the entire length of the Western Front, this beautifully illustrated book will be essential to anyone wishing to have a complete picture of the war.
 
Contents
Map
Introduction
Chapter I Battlefields
Chapter II The British Memorials
Chapter III The British Dominion Memorials
Chapter IV The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Chapter V France and Belgium
Chapter VI The United States
Chapter VII Germany
Chapter VIII French Town Memorials
Chapter IX The Weapons of War
 
Review Quotes
Journal of America's Military Past
"Readers who are interested in World War I will certainly want to add this attractive volume to their military library. The book underscores the great losses that are associated with most armed conflicts, both for the winners and for the losers—a lesson that each generation unfortunately seems doomed to relearn."
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