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Author Murray, Nicholas, 1966-

Title The rocky road to the Great War : the evolution of trench warfare to 1914 / Nicholas Murray ; foreword by Hew Strachan
Edition First edition
Published Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, 2013
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Contents The theory of field fortification, 1740-1914 -- The Russo-Turkish War and Plevna -- The Second Anglo-Boer war -- The Russo-Japanese War -- The Balkan wars -- The state of thinking in 1914 -- Conclusions -- Appendix: The American Civil War
Summary Nicholas Murray's The Rocky Road to the Great War examines the evolution of field fortification theory and practice between 1877 and 1914. During this period field fortifications became increasingly important, and their construction evolved from primarily above to below ground. The reasons for these changes are crucial to explaining the landscape of World War I, yet they have remained largely unstudied. The transformation in field fortifications reflected not only the ongoing technological advances but also the changing priorities in the reasons for constructing them, such as preventing desert
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Fortification, Field -- History.
Intrenchments -- History.
Military art and science -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1612341055 (electronic bk.)
9781612341057 (electronic bk.)