WATERWAYS ON THE WESTERN FRONT
When we published a four-page history article in our December 2014 edition based on the London Canal Museum’s exhibition on the role of the waterways of mainland Europe in the First World War, we were really only scratching the surface of what the researchers had discovered to be a remarkable and extensive series of untold stories. This book fills in a lot more of the details via almost 100 historic photographs and captions. All aspects of the canals’ contribution to the war are covered: the use of waterways as lines of defence; as routes to attack or to flee along; as supply lines to the military effort; to carry out the wounded on hospital barges; and even as accommodation with barges in a tunnel used for billeting soldiers. Available in a limited edition and only from the museum, this is a fascinating record of a little-known aspect of World War One.
Waterways on the Western Front, Celia Halsey( editor ), London Canal Museum, canalmuseum.org.uk, £14.99