Foreword

The trenches of the First World War have a bad reputation. Smelly and muddy, rat and lice infested, they do not rate among the most beautiful of military constructions. Nor, unlike the castles of the Middle Ages or the fortifications of Vauban, have they lasted well. They defined not only the wester...

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Published in: The Rocky Road to the Great War p. ix
Main Author: Hew Strachan
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Potomac Books 08-01-2013
Subjects:
War
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Summary: The trenches of the First World War have a bad reputation. Smelly and muddy, rat and lice infested, they do not rate among the most beautiful of military constructions. Nor, unlike the castles of the Middle Ages or the fortifications of Vauban, have they lasted well. They defined not only the western front but also the war as a whole and what it meant for a generation. Yet, a hundred years later, we need to look carefully if we are to detect where they once were. Their notoriety is undeserved. They saved lives; without them the war would have been
ISBN: 1597975532
9781597975537
DOI: 10.2307/j.ctt1ddr7hs.4