Watkis, Nicholas C.


Sutton, 1st ed., 1999. Ix + 130 pp., numerous photo-ills. D.j., 27 x 20cm. Light blemish to edge of f.f.e.p., o/w FINE. In this unique contemporary bird’s-eye view of the Western Front battlefields, aerial photographs are used to illustrate seven major battlefields of the First World War immediately before, during and after the action. These photographs, originally taken by the RFC to provide reconnaissance for the British Army, has remained largely unseen since 1918 in the Imperial War Museum. Neuve Chapelle, Loos, La Boisselle, Flers, Vimy Ridge, Cambrai and Amiens, are each described in a short narrative, highlighting significant actions and setting each battle within the context of the land war. The origins of air photography and the development of photographic interpretation in the First World War are also outlined. Other information is given on the terrain, defences, battlefield conditions on the day, strongpoints, machine-guns, mortar positions, gun batteries and new intelligence interpretations.

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