The First World War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1918

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The First World War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1918 by Geoffrey Jukes. Osprey Publishing (http://www.ospreypublishing.com), Elms Court, Chapel Way, Botley, Oxford OX2 9LP, 2002, 95 pages, $14.95.

This book, number 13 in Osprey Publishing's Essential Histories series, deals with an area of World War I perhaps least well known to Westerners but one that deserves attention if only for the fact that from the ashes of the eastern front arose the Soviet Union. The author, who spent several years with the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence, is a specialist in the eastern front during both world wars, having written five books and numerous articles on the subject. Later, he taught at the Australian National University for 26 years. This volume is but one of the publisher's many books on subjects in military history ranging from the Crusades to recent conflicts such as the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s.

This highly readable work serves as a good introduction to a more in-depth study of the eastern front. …