Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide to Western Front - South 2nd edition
Major and Mrs Holt's Concise, Illustrated Battlefield Guide to the Western Front-South contains many fascinating but little-visited areas by travellers and is hoped that they will tempted further afield than the 'showcase' and sophisticatedly presented battlefields like the Somme to discover some marvellous sites. Many of them have lain virtually 'dormant' for many years (such as areas of the Meuse-Argonne and Champagne) but have recently been renovated and opened up by dedicated local enthusiasts. There are many 'gems' in store in this book.
Each battlefield starts with some pertinent quotations by participants, has a succinct Summary of the Battle, Opening Moves and What Happened sections then a Battlefield Tour which follows the same tried and tested formula as the rest of the series of a timed and measured itinerary with historic and anecdotal information at each stop. A detailed Sketch Map showing battle lines and each stop on the route accompanies every battle using the same colour code (of yellow for memorials, purple for cemeteries, blue for museums) as the larger Holts' Battle Maps. Together the two books Major and Mrs Holt's Concise, Illustrated Battlefield Guide to the Western Front-South and North forms the most comprehensive and detailed English-language guides to the First World War Western Front ever produced.
This bargain-price edition is complete in every way but is slightly miscut resulting in uneven top and bottom margins and a fairly tight binding. In our opinion this does not detract from the readability or usefulness of the book.