Fields of War is unique in both content and presentation, filling a void in battlefield travel guides. Fields of War provides a more casual visitor with a wide breath of history from the medieval period to the Second World War focusing upon major, interesting sites. This unique and practical guide presents fifty battlefields that are within a short driving distance of Paris or Calais. The book brings each battle to the reader with a succinct history of precipitating events followed by a tour of the major surviving landmarks and monuments. Presentation is logical with clearly stated facts regarding each covered battlefield. The tour routes are designed to be interesting and easy to follow with complete driving instructions, all illustrated with an exceptional number of maps as well as 48 pages of historical and contemporary photographs. Concise driving instructions bring the battlefield visitor directly to the site of critical military events. No other battlefield guide covers as large a sweep of history while keeping focused upon truly significant and interesting locations.
Robert Mueller has long been fascinated by military history and for many years he has visited and studied the battlefields of Europe. For this guide he has selected fifty well-preserved battlefields in the region that will give visitors a keen insight into the extraordinary historical events associated with them.
SOFT COVER, PERFECT BOUND
467 PAGES INCLUDING
48 PAGES OF B&W PHOTOGRAPHS AND 65 MAPS
6" X 9"
Fields of War has been selected by the Military Writers Society of America as the 2010 Bronze Medal winner in the travel category. ‘The MWSA is comprised of more than 900 authors, poets and artists who are active duty military, retirees or military veterans. Others are life-long civilians who’ve chosen to focus on military and/or historical themes with their writings or art.’ – MWSA, October 2010
‘Award-Winning Finalist in the Travel category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News’
‘It is a brave author who attempts to pack more than 600 years of military history into one volume, but Mueller succeeds in this with some skill, and the book is nicely organized in chapters covering periods from the Hundred Years War and WW2. Common sites are described as well as those less familiar, and the historical descriptions are good, and well constructed. The maps are good, and the illustrations well chosen and clear. An excellent, highly recommended companion to the battlefields of France and Belgium, and a good single volume to keep in the car.’ – Paul Reed, First World War historian and author
'Fields of War is a wonderful book; beautifully produced, comfortable to handle and read, and in a wonderfully friendly format …. [the author] tackled a vast subject and brought it together beautifully.' – Sir Philip Preston, co-author of The Battle of Crécy, 1346.
'...impressively researched book...a somber and fascinating guide illustrated with maps and photos.' - June Sawyers of Chicago Tribune, 8/30/2009
'No dining or accommodation suggestions are included, but for visiting these historic battlefields, the book is invaluable. It's a good option for armchair travelers and historians as well.' - David Lee Poremba, Library Journal 10/1/2009
‘Fields of War gives you not only a wealth of historical information about this part of Western Europe: the political times & countries doing battle, armies & battle movements, key opponents & weaponry, aftermaths & consequences, it also has text boxes explaining how to take the battlefield tours … … Some may want to whet their appetite for the next 500 years of warfare by following the Battle of Crecy, others will zero in on a specific modern battle. Either way, Fields of War is clearly laid out, readable & filled with useful details.’ - D. H. Brown, MWSA Reviewer (November 2009)
'...a guide to peruse before the trip and definitely a must-have book while visiting the sites.' '... a travel book unprecedented by others. [Mr. Mueller's] organized and detailed attention to creating a memorable and educational tour for the reader is well noted. The sites and historical facts will be engrained in the tourist’s mind forever.' - Irene Watson of Reader Views