Battlescapes: a photographic testament to 2,000 years of conflict
Walking through the battlefields of Europe today can be a bewildering experience--not for what you see, but for what is now vanished. In his new book, German photographer Alfred Bullesbach takes readers 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.
Three-hundred stunningly reproduced photographs, together with text provided by long-time Osprey editor, Marcus Cowper, tell a moving story that will stir armchair generals and travelers alike. For each battle, full-bleed panoramic battlescape photos are supplemented with candid shots of the surrounding area, including present-day cemeteries and memorials.
Battlescapes is a timelessly apt tribute to the landscapes which will forever be remembered for that brief moment in time when they were consumed by war.
The 34 battlefields pictured:
Alesia (September, 52 BC); Poitiers (October 732); Hastings (October 1066); Marchfeld (August 1278); Agincourt (October 1415); Morat (June 1476); Nieuwpoort (July 1600); Lützen (November 1632); Fehrbellin (June 1675); Blenheim (August 1704); Gadebusch (December 1712); Leuthen (December 1757); Valmy (September 1792); Austerlitz (December 1805); Jena and Auerstedt (October 1806); Leipzig (October 1813); Waterloo (June 1815); Solferino (June 1859); Vienna (September 1863); Dybbol (April 1864); Königgrätz (July 1866); Metz (September-October 1870); Sedan (September 1870); Ypres (1914-1918); Dolomites (1915-1918); Isonzo (June 1915-November 1917); Verdun (February-December 1916); The Somme (July-November 1916); Vimy Ridge (April 1917); Normandy (June 1944); Operation Market Garden (September 1944); Hürtgen Forest (September 1944-February 1945); Ardennes (December 1944-January 1945); Seelow Heights (April-May 1945)
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