Before World War I’s gruesome maze of trenches brought the Western Front to a standstill, four grand armies wrestled across the open fields and cool forests of Belgium and France. The War of Movement reanimates these gripping first months as the world’s great powers marched and fought their way into the frightening reality of stalemate, no man’s land, and industrial war.
Strewn across the rolling hills and fields of France and Belgium are thousands of tidy cemeteries from World War I. For me, among these war dead, history is most present. Because war dead from this era are commemorated where they fell, collectively they embody the pattern and extent of loss to the British Commonwealth along the Western Front.