Leave a comment

It is terrible the hardships he went through, to be two months without going into a house, under the snow in trenches. And no food to get, maybe a biscuit in the day. And there was enough food there, he said, but bad management, they could not get it.

Trench warfare 1850-1950 Anthony Saunders Barnsley : Pen & Sword Military, 2010 Hardcover. 1st ed. 231 p. ; 24 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Morris Island, South Carolina. Headquarters of field officer of the trenches. Second parallel

Morris Island, South Carolina. Headquarters of field officer of the trenches. Second parallel

Although many books have been published about the Western Front, few of them look beyond the Great War to consider trench warfare in a wider historical context. Trench warfare was not an aberration of the Western Front. On the contrary, it was a watershed in a greater upheaval in warfare which started in the 1850s and continued well beyond the First World War.

Confederate and Union dead side by side in the trenches at Fort Mahone. [Photo shows a body lying in the background that is actually the photographer's African American teamster posing for the scene. The live model appears in the same clothes in negative LC-B811-3231. (Source: David Lowe and Philip Shiman, "Substitute for a Corpse," Civil War Times, Dec. 2010, p. 41) Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865.]

Confederate and Union dead side by side in the trenches at Fort Mahone. [Photo shows a body lying in the background that is actually the photographer’s African American teamster posing for the scene. The live model appears in the same clothes in negative LC-B811-3231. (Source: David Lowe and Philip Shiman, “Substitute for a Corpse,” Civil War Times, Dec. 2010, p. 41) Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865.]

This book examines how trench warfare was fought, studying the Crimea, American Civil War and Japanese War 1904-05. He looks at how the Western Front of 1914-18 differed from the trench fighting of the Second World War and the Korean War. The book examines the evolution of trench warfare, technologically and tactically, from the Crimean War to the Korean War, during which time developments in military technology often advanced far beyond tactical thinking.

Two trench mortars behind sandbagged barricade.

Two trench mortars behind sandbagged barricade.

Trench Warfare 1850 – 1950 discusses the impact of trench warfare on military thinking and considers how the stalemate of the Western Front was overcome. Emergency technologies, from the hand grenade to the tank, are discussed to highlight their impact on trench warfare and, ultimately, on warfare as a whole. Tactically, trench warfare led to the development of the concept of deep battle which was later employed by the Red Army in the Second World War.

Petersburg, Va. Dead Confederate soldier, in trench beyond a section of chevaux-de-frise.

Petersburg, Va. Dead Confederate soldier, in trench beyond a section of chevaux-de-frise.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: