4th Edition

The Routledge Atlas of the First World War

By Martin Gilbert Copyright 2023
    246 Pages 196 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 196 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    From its origins to its terrible legacy, the tortuous course of the Great War is vividly set out in a series of 196 fascinating maps. Together the maps form a comprehensive and compelling picture of the war that shattered Europe, and illustrate its military, social, political and economic aspects. Beginning with the tensions that already existed, the atlas covers:

    • The early months of the war – from the German attack on Belgium and France, to the fierce fighting on the Western and Eastern Fronts
    • The developing war in Europe and beyond – from the Somme and Verdun to Gallipoli and Mesopotamia, in the Near East and Africa, and in the Pacific
    • The war at sea and in the air – from the Zeppelin and air raids to the naval battles, shipping losses and Atlantic convoys
    • Life at the front – the trench system, living underground, the mud of Passchendaele, the French and Russian mutinies
    • Technology and the intensifying war – from phosgene gas to submarines, tanks and aerial bombardment
    • The home front – war supplies, munitions factories, the air defence of Britain, German food riots, the entry of the United States into the war, the Russian Revolution, and the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian and the Ottoman Empires
    • The aftermath – the peace treaties and territorial changes, war debts, war deaths, and the new map of Europe along with the visual remembrance of the war, memorials that commemorate the tragedy.

    This new edition now includes an additional 23 of Martin Gilbert’s maps, across the whole period of the war, originally published across a range of publications, now gathered in this one volume for the first time.

    Introduction to the First Edition by the late

    Field-Marshal The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO


    Introduction by Major and Mrs Holt


    Section One – Prelude to War

    Section Two – 1914: The Early Months of War

    Section Three – 1915

    Section Four – 1916

    Section Five – The War in the Air

    Section Six – The War at Sea

    Section Seven – 1917

    Section Eight – 1918

    Section Nine – The World at War

    Section Ten – Aftermath

    Section Eleven – Memorials and Remembrance: The Somme


    Sir Martin Gilbert CBE, D Litt, the official biographer of Winston Churchill and a leading historian of the modern world, is the author of 88 books, including among them The First World War, A Complete History, and a focussed history on The Somme, The Heroism and Horror of War, along with nine atlases in the Routledge Historical Atlas series. For more information, please visit www.martingilbert.com.