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e-Book Digging the Trenches: The Archaeology of the Western Front download

e-Book Digging the Trenches: The Archaeology of the Western Front download

by David Kenyon,Andrew Robertshaw

ISBN: 1844156710
ISBN13: 978-1844156719
Language: English
Publisher: Pen and Sword (June 19, 2008)
Pages: 208
Category: Military
Subategory: History

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Rating: 4.9
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Andrew Robertshaw is curator/manager of The Royal Logistic Corps Museum in Deepcut, Surrey

Andrew Robertshaw is curator/manager of The Royal Logistic Corps Museum in Deepcut, Surrey. For the past twelve years he has been coordinating a group conducting an archaeological dig of British trenches and other sites on the Somme. With that being said I've rated this book a 4 star largely by the absolutely excellent podcast that one of the authors put out. It set the bar incredibly high for me and this otherwise may have been a 5 star. As far as the book itself is concerned the quality of it is incredible. Its on heavy glossy paper and feels very solid.

Andrew Robertshaw is curator/manager of The Royal Logistic Corps Museum in Deepcut, Surrey. For the past twelve years he has been coordinating a group conducting an archaeological dig of British trenches and other sites on the Somme

Andrew Robertshaw is curator/manager of The Royal Logistic Corps Museum in Deepcut, Surrey.

Digging the Trenches book. This is especially true of the history of the Great War.

Digging the Trenches: the Archaeology of the Western Front (with David Kenyon). The Platoon: An Infantryman on the Western Front 1916-18 (2012) (with John Steward). Ghosts on the Somme: Filming the Battle, June-July 1916 (2009). The Hard Way: Surviving Shamshuipo POW Camp 1941-45 (2011). Frontline Cookbook: Battlefield Recipes from the Second World War (2012). 24hr Trench: A Day in the Life of a Frontline Tommy (2012). 24hr Under Attack: Tommy Defends the Frontline (2014). 5 Minute History: First World War Trenches (2014). Somme 1916 (Battle Story) (2014).

This is especially true of the history of the Great War. In this, the first comprehensive survey of this exciting new field, Andrew Robertshaw and David Kenyon introduce the reader to the techniques that are employed and record, in vivid detail, many of the remarkable projects that have been undertaken.

Digging the Trenches: The Archaeology of the Western Front. Andrew Robertshaw and David Kenyon.

In this, the first comprehensive survey of this exciting new field, Andrew Robertshaw and David Kenyon introduce the reader to the techniques that are employed and record, in vivid detail, many of the remarkable projects that have been undertaken. They show how archaeology can be used to reveal the position of trenches, dugouts and other battlefield features and to rediscover what life on the Western Front was really like.

They show how archaeology can be used to reveal the position of trenches, dugouts and other battlefield features and to rediscover what life on the Western Front was really like.

Modern research methods - archaeological, historical, forensic - have transformed our view of the past. This is especially true of the history of the Great War. In this, the first comprehensive survey of this exciting new field, Andrew Robertshaw and David Kenyon introduce the reader to the techniques that are employed and record, in vivid detail, many of the remarkable projects that have been undertaken. They show how archaeology can be used to reveal the position of trenches, dugouts and other battlefield features and to rediscover what life on the Western Front was really like. And they show how individual soldiers are themselves part of the story, for forensic investigation of the war dead is now so highly developed that individuals can be identified and their fate discovered.
Comments:
Kipabi
A bit tedious when the author works through the obligatory regimes of archeological correctness, and I do mean tedious and correctness, but there is a ton of long overlooked information about what actually happened in the trenches during the Great War. It seems to have taken history just about a century to overcome the propaganda of dreamy idealists, anti-war dupes, and Marxist manipulators for historical science to finally get to the truth.

As you work your way into the book it becomes clear that the historians were allowed to bring the record up to date. One learns that the Anglo-French casualties were in large part the result of the German occupation of a Northern swath of France that resulted from the fact that the Germans attacked first. Since the German attackers held a significant part of French territory, any armistice in place would have resulted in a de facto win for the Kaiser's aggression. Close to a million British and French infantry eventually died just to get back to the status quo ante bellum.

They also give the lie to the mythology that has Western generals callously sending infantry recruits "over the top" to certain destruction by callous German machine gunners. British and French commanders tried many, and I do mean many, alternations in their battle plans designed to break through the German trenches. In the end, their plan succeeded. And in the end it was a great human tragedy, ,of male Europeans especially. But the next generation of angry young fools, the Bolsheviks, and the Nazis.

It's so easy
I was turned onto this book after listening to a podcast from the MacArthur foundation by one of the writers of this book. The podcast is available here [...]. The podcast was absolutely fascinating and I really appreciated the description of what amounts to the last chapter in this book. The book would be a good companion to the podcast because it contains the photos. However, I found that the audio description was MUCH more engrossing than the book.

My main complaint with the book is that there is an enormous amount of background detail that goes into setting up the archaeology side of the story and that the archaeology ends up being a little bit short. Without trying to spoil too many details there is a very brief description in the book at one point about how they suspected that a skeleton had been hit by artillery due to the positioning of the bones of the femurs and a violent break. That is an interesting concept that I would have never thought of. But its a sentence or two. In the under 40 minute podcast there were several situations that were described.

With that being said I've rated this book a 4 star largely by the absolutely excellent podcast that one of the authors put out. It set the bar incredibly high for me and this otherwise may have been a 5 star.

As far as the book itself is concerned the quality of it is incredible. Its on heavy glossy paper and feels very solid.

Bev
Years ago I bought a book (available on Amazon) which was a dig of the Custer battlefield. It was not only poignant e.g. a skeletal foot still in its government issue boot, but by tracing the location of bullet casings, it revealed the pattern of the battle's progress. This book hits you with ten times the force because, for example, the sheer volume of fatalities and the duration and intensity of the battleground. it in a category of its own. Reading this book will help humanize the suffering of those long dead souls, the WW1 soldiers. We need these reminders of the essential humanity of the long dead else we become like Stalin in his famous remark to Anthony Eden re: the deaths from starvation of the Ukraine peasants during the forced collectivization " One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic".

Jonariara
What a great story. Fascinating, how they can recreate a soldier's life in the trenches from artifacts and records. This was an interesting book but took almost half the book covering background on archeology and how it works. This could have been condensed a bit, but overall a very enjoyable read.

Nicearad
Being a history nerd, really enjoyed the book.

Ishnjurus
It is just what I would expect from Robertshaw. Terrific research. well done that man.
Colonel David Fitz-Enz

Whitescar
Few days late of anticapted but no deal breaker. Thanks

Excellent story, well written and an easy read for this wanna-be archeologist.

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