The Western Front - North: Battlefield Guide

Tonie Holt, Valamai Holt

Date Published :
August 2014
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guides
Illustration :
approx 250 color and b/w images throughout
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526746832

Dimensions : 8.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 376
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Following in their best-selling series of Battlefield Guides this is a companion volume to the Holts’ Western Front – South Guide. Between the two, they cover the main WW1 Western Front battlefields. This book covers 15 of the most significant battles of the northern area from Nieuwport to just north of The Somme.

Whether travelling on the ground or in the mind, the reader is carefully guided through the battlefields with a mixture of succinct military history, cameo memories and stories of VCs and other personalities, interspersed with references to the literature and poetry of the war.

This guidebook is based on Tonie and Valmai Holt's 30 years’ experience of researching, guiding tours and writing about the area, with their unique blend of male and female points of view. It is written to the high standards that have come to be expected of these highly respected authors who are credited with pioneering the modern battlefield tour and whose guide books are referred to as 'The Bibles' .

This new edition contains:
• Brief Historical Background and Summary of each battle, Opening Moves and What Happened, with appropriate quotations
• Sketch Map for each battle showing battle lines, routes etc and all points of interest described on each timed itinerary
• Large Sketch Map putting the battlefields (north and south) into perspective
• Memorials, Museums, Sites of Interest (bunkers, craters etc)
• War Grave Cemeteries – Allied and German
• GPS Location for every recommended stop
• War Graves and Commemorative Associations
• Cameos about individual personalities
• Useful Tourist Information – Where to stay and eat


"An excellent Guidebook to the Ypres, Yser, Vimy Ridge, Arras and other Flanders battlefields with concise descriptions of the battles from 1914 to 1918 and directions for tours and routes."

- WWI Historical Foundation

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