Victoria Crosses on the Western Front, Battle of Amiens, 8-13 August 1918

This book is of great value to those visiting the site of the battle and an invaluable source for researchers but it is also an absorbing read with much detail normally omitted from history books. The Battle of Amiens was hard fought as is evidenced by the number of VCs awarded to those who fought there Very Highly Recommended

NAME:  Victoria Crosses on the Western Front, Battle of Amiens, 8-13 August 1918
FILE: R3356
AUTHOR: Paul Oldfield
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword
BINDING: soft back
PRICE: £19.99                                              
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:   Western Front, The Great War, WWI, World War I, World War 1, First 
World War, land warfare, trench warfare, Battle of Amiens, 1914-1918, 1918 Victoria 
Cross

ISBN: 1-47382-709-4

PAGES: 290,  extensive illustration through the body of the book in B&W. In 
addition to photographs of those awarded the VC, for actions during the Battle of 
Amiens, there are many very interesting related images and maps
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DESCRIPTION: This book is of great value to those visiting the site of the battle 
and an invaluable source for researchers but it is also an absorbing read with much 
detail normally omitted from history books. The Battle of Amiens was hard fought 
as is evidenced by the number of VCs awarded to those who fought there  Very 
Highly Recommended

The author was a career soldier and is a Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides. This is the eight book in his series of Victoria Crosses on the Western Front. The series is invaluable to those guiding visitors and those visiting the battlefields of WWI. It provides a rich source of material for researchers and historians, but it vividly tells a story of combat and courage for all with an interest in understanding military history.

The format of combining rare images through the body of the book works very well but one delight is the way in which other related images have been incorporated into the book together with the obvious images of the VC holders themselves and the battle maps. What will appeal to a much wider readership are the human stories presented with details of the VC holder and his family and personal history.

At this stage of WWI there was still much to play for by both sides. The Allies had been gaining the upper hand until the Russian Revolution and withdrawal from the conflict. This allowed the Germans to move virtually all of their forces from the Eastern Front and send them by train to the Western Front. This significant advantage to the Germans was being offset by the US entry into the war but green troops had to be shipped across the Atlantic and be equipped for a form of battle they had not been trained for in the US.

Although the Battle of Amiens has never received the coverage of the Somme and Ypres it was a critical battle at the start of the 100 Days, the advance to finish the war. The Germans were still motivated and well-equipped but the British Army was at its best and the determination of its troops is demonstrated by the number of awards of VCs and circumstances in which they were won.