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This book is one of the best selling Major and Mrs Holts Battlefield Guide Books which ..opened the doors to the battlefields.

They 'have been copied many times but never equalled' - Chairman of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Covers all WW1 battlefields south of and including the Somme - more details below.

The only modern comprehensive guide available - indispensable if you are going that way

ALSO - you can choose one of our battlefield maps for free when you order.

Published by Pen & Sword Books in limpback. 368 pages. Over 390 colour illustrations. 14 specially drawn coloured in-text battlefield maps.

Western Front South Cover

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  • Western Front South Cover
  • Victory of the Marne Monument, Mondemont
  • Original loophole Nery cemetery
  • Cerny en Laonnois Memorial chapel and pillar
  • French tank Memorial, Berry au Bac
  • Captain T Wright VC, Vailly sur Aisne CWGC
  • Stained Glass window Fey church
  • The Great Seal US Cemetery St Mihiel
  • L Battery Memorial Marker, Nery
  • German Medical bunker, les Eparges
  • Doughboy and Poilu Memorial, Flirey
  • Croix des Carmes Monument
  • Major Staubwasser Memorial Gobessart Forest

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The First Battle of The Marne; St Mihiel Salient: The Formation; The Aisne; Verdun; The Somme; The Chemin des Dames; Cambrai; The Kaiser's Offensive; The Second Battle of the Marne (the Ourcq, Château Thierry, Belleau Wood); Champagne; St Mihiel Salient: The Recapture; The Meuse-Argonne; Breaking the Hindenburg Line

This eagerly-awaited companion to the Western Front - NORTH   is now available. 

Together the two  volumes comprehensively chart the most significant battles of the WW1 Western Front - from the Channel to below Verdun - in the Holts' inimitable well-researched and entertaining manner. Each book stands alone but together they form the most comprehensive and detailed English-language guide to the WW1 Western Front ever produced. Invaluable for tour guides and individual travellers, whether on the ground or in armchairs, this second edition has even MORE PAGES and PICTURES than the first.

Following in the Holts' series of six best-selling Battlefield Guides (to Western Front - North, Ypres, The Somme, Gallipoli, Normandy Landing Beaches and Operation MARKET-GARDEN/Arnhem) comes this, the second of two books covering the whole length of the WW1 Western Front. It is a concise illustrated Guide to 12 of the First World War's most significant battles and completes what will become the standard work for those interested in the battlefields of the First World War. Whether travelling on the ground or in the mind the reader is carefully and concisely guided through the battlefields with a mixture of succinct military history, personal stories of bravery and fear, cameo memories, poetry and informed opinion - as well as careful travel directions.

Each battlefield opens with pertinent quotations from participants, has a brief Summary of the Battle, Opening Moves, a description of What Happened and a Battlefield Tour of the most salient features, accompanied by a sketch map and colour photographs of the battlefield today. There are sections on Tourist Information and War Graves Organisations and the map on pages 2-3 shows where all the battlefields are across the Western Front. On the carefully timed and measured Itineraries are 30 Museums plus bunkers, craters, Decauville track, forts, preserved trenches, American, CWGC, French, German, Italian and Polish Cemeteries and literally hundreds of Memorials, from the small plaque to the monumental.

French Memorial at Mondemont German Medical BunkerGerman Medical Bunker, Les Eparge

Russian ChurchThe Russian Church at Ste Hilaire

American Church Stained Glass WindowStained glass window in the
American Memorial Church,
Chateau Thierry
Lost Battalion Marker
Lost Battalion Marker, Apremont

The massive and dramatic French Memorial at Mondemont



  • how the Parisian taxi cabs saved the day
  • how the gallant heroes of 'L' Battery hung on
  • where the French Ace, Guynemer was born
  • how men fought hand to hand underground in the dark
  • where Pres Roosevelt's youngest son was shot down
  • how the US Marines took Belleau Wood
  • where the British lost 60,000 casualties in a day
  • where tank first fought versus tank
  • where the poet E.W. Mackintosh is buried

The accompanying book, Western Front North covers, as well as the famous and much-visited major battlefields of the Somme and Verdun,  many lesser-known (at least to British visitors) but equally fascinating battlefield sites, such as the American battlefields round Belleau Wood, the stupendous craters at Les Eparges and the Butte de Vauquois, the sites of British participation on the Aisne and in the Forest of Villers Cotterêts.

Together Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guides to the Western Front North and South form the most comprehensive and detailed English-language guide to the WW1 Western Front ever produced.

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