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By Nicholas Murray

Nicholas Murray’s The Rocky highway to the good War examines the evolution of box fortification concept and perform among 1877 and 1914. The technical and highbrow advancements in this interval have been serious to the character of the 1st global warfare. it truly is renowned that the know-how of the protective (machine weapons, barbed twine, and artillery) had turn into even more robust within the many years sooner than 1914. The problem this mix of superior shielding expertise awarded to the offensive is commonplace to us at the present time. what's much less renowned is the evolution within the layout of box fortifications, from above to under floor, which hugely more advantageous the facility of the recent shielding expertise. examine of the evolution of box fortification building has principally been ignored although the battlefield panorama of the 1st international battle, certainly commercial struggle within the 20th century, owes its life to the adjustments that happened therein. It used to be the combo of latest expertise and new forms of box fortification that used to be to arrive a bloody dénouement within the nice warfare. dependent mostly on fundamental sources—including French, British, Austrian, and American army connecté reports—Murray’s enlightening examine is exclusive in defining, totally analyzing, and contextualizing the theories and development of box fortifications earlier than international conflict I.

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