This is an authoritative history of the trenches, drawing on the renowned resources and photographic collection of the Imperial War Museums, providing unique insight into trench warfare on the Western Front. "Sometimes I clamber up beside the sentries and look out. There's little to see, rough ground, the barbed wire entanglement about 15 yards away, the vague line of German trenches. If a flare goes up it lights the whole place...If you hear a machine gun you duck your head. The bullets patter along the parapet". (Christopher Stone, Junior Officer, 22nd Royal Rusiliers).