This month, which marks the 100th anniversary of the horrific battle of Passchendaele, I am recommending a book by Stephen Bull, which treats the subject of trench warfare in great detail.  In addition to the well-written text, the book is filled with photos of artifacts, original photos taken at the front, diagrams of trench and bunker construction, and trench maps.  If you are looking for an excellent single volume on trench warfare in World War I, look no further.  You’ll find Trench: A History of Trench Warfare on the Western Front in the Featured section of the shop.

From the publisher:

Even now, 100 years on from the conflict, the image of trenches stretching across Western Europe – packed with young men clinging to life in horrendous conditions – remains a powerful reminder of one of the darkest moments in human history. In this excellent study of trench warfare on the Western Front, expert Dr. Stephen Bull reveals the experience of life in the trenches, from length of service and coping with death and disease, to the uniforms and equipment given to soldiers on both sides of the conflict. He reveals how the trenches were constructed, the weaponry which was developed specifically for this new form of warfare, the tactics employed in mass attacks and the increasingly adept defensive methods designed to hold ground at all cost. Packed with photographs, illustrations, annotated trench maps, documents and first-hand accounts, this compelling narrative provides a richly detailed account of World War I, providing a soldier’s-eye-view of life in the ominous trenches that scarred the land.

Softcover, 272 pages. Photographs, maps, illustrations.