Stroud, 1st ed., 2003. Xvii + 286 pp., photo & other ills., + maps & plans. D.j., 27 x 19cm. Small owner's inscription to corner of f.f.e.p., o/w FINE. Signed Presentation Copy from the Author. Comprehensively illustrated with original photographs, maps and archival material, this record of the German front line in World War I examines the German Army's strategy and tactics throughout the war and looks in depth at the implications of the Allied naval blockade and the increasing problems of food and fuel shortages in Germany. Drawing from diaries, letters to loved ones, memoirs and regimental records, the author charts the fortunes of German soldiers from the initial advance through Belgium and France to the stalemate of the trench war and the great offensives and counter-offensives of 1918. This important book, giving insight into the daily life and experience of the German troops facing the Western Allies, fills a significant gap in historiography.