Walking through the often centuries-old battlefields of Europe today can be a bewildering experience—not for what you see, but for what is now vanished. In Battlescapes, renowned German photographer Alfred Buellesbach takes us on a photographic journey through 34 of Europe’s most legendary battlefields. A hauntingly beautiful grain field in Austria was once the site of the largest battle ever between knights in armor. A seemingly pristine forest marks the spot where Americans fought the Germans in the bloody Battle of the Bulge. And sheep now graze on the grass-covered trenches of the Somme, where more than 1.5 million soldiers lost their lives.
Featuring 300 stunningly reproduced photographs, together with text that puts each battle into perspective, Battlescapes tells a moving story that will stir armchair generals and travelers alike. For each battle, full-bleed panoramic photos are supplemented with candid shots of the surrounding area—including present-day cemeteries and memorials—to bring each engagement to vivid life.
Battlescapes is a timelessly apt tribute to the landscapes that will forever be remembered for that brief moment in time when they were consumed by war.
Hardcover Book : 224 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Ltd. ( September 01, 2009 )
Item #: 12-802981
Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 11.8 x 0.56inches
Product Weight: 56.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
This is a beautifully photographed work that shows each featured battlefield as it looks today but what is missing are the photos showing what each battlefield actually looked like during the battle, it would have been a great idea to include overlays that you could place over the photo to show each battles' pivotal moments, and to give a scale to the fighting in the area shown. It is a great book of the beautiful European countryside now silent from it's past wars, but it leaves you wanting to have been given more historical pictures and maps of each battle covered.
Reviewer: Steve M