Author(s): Trevor Wilson
Industrial and ironclad power reached its culmination in the war that engulfed Europe. As events would prove, however, the products of the industrial system of the 20th century, including the capacity of the system to transfer vast reserves of manpower from civilian to military employment at short notice, much more greatly favoured strategies of defence than offence. The outcome was a war of attrition and immobile fronts, eventually to be unlocked only when a second wave of industrial innovation yielded means - the tank, the aeroplane - to break the stalemate. This is a complete history of World War I. It is illustrated throughout and incorporates computer-generated cartography to bring the battlefields to life.
Trevor Wilson is Professor of History at Adelaide University, Australia. His huge book The Myriad Faces of War has come to be recognised as one of the most important studies of the First World War ever published He has collaborated frequently with Robin Prior, who teaches in the History Department of the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. Their joint publications include: Passchendaele The Untold Story and Command on the Western Front: The Military Career of General Sir Henry Rawlinson 1914-18.