The Western Front Then and Now: From Mons to the Marne and Back - John GilesLondon: Battle of Britain Prints International, 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Photographic end papers & blanks; 2-column text;
From the cover: “This is the companion to John Giles’ earlier volumes covering the Somme and the Ypres-Passchendaele sector — The Somme Then and Now and Flanders Then and Now. With The Western Front Then and Now the coverage is extended to include all the other main British battle areas of the Western Front between 1914 and 1918 — continuing the pictorial theme of photographs taken at the time juxtaposed with ones taken by John Giles in more recent years.
Starting with the spark that ignited the war, the outline of events brings the operations of the British Army in France and Flanders full circle: from the BEF at Mons in August 1914 and the retreat beyond the Marne to the victorious advances of the forces of the British Empire and their re-entering the town in November 1918. The combination of photographs taken ‘then’ and ‘now’ forms a uniquely evocative record of a war of movement that evolved into one of static trench warfare and endless efforts to break the deadlock.
It is impossible not to marvel at the triumph of nature over the obliteration of the landscape. As for the men who experienced the horrors of war in the shell-torn, trench-riven wasteland of the Western Front, they were, as John Giles writes of them, a breed apart. The book’s tribute to their courage, stoicism and humour is implicit; in a much-changed world, we shall not see their like again.”