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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

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