Trench Talk/Trench Life: A Beginner's Guide to WWI
Fredric Winkowski


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Foreword by Stephen Bull

Trench Talk/Trench Life is a concise, handsomely illustrated, boots-on-the ground guide to real life on the Western Front during World War I. Readers will learn about the drastic living circumstances of characters Tommy Atkins, Poilu, and Doughboy, respectively the foot soldiers of Britain, France, and the United States. Many have a sense of how these men existed in muddy trenches, subject to shelling, snipers and waiting for the next Big Push; but, it is through the unique vocabulary of those troops, with their newly coined words, slang, and euphemisms, that we can truly enter their world.

As the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I approaches, Winkowski’s work becomes more relevant than ever before.  With an audience consisting of millions of American students, scholars, and veterans, the story behind Trench Talk/Trench Life remains an evergreen topic. Featuring 200 black and white illustrations, this wide-ranging, artful title takes a much needed look at the lives of the initially patriotic but ultimately tenacious soldiers of the Western Front. Whether one collects memorabilia, attends conventions, or simply enjoys reading about the subject, this illustrated guide is sure to please and inform.

Fredric Winkowski is a publishing professional with experience as an author, designer, illustrator, photographer, and art director. His interest in World War I goes back to grade school. Winkowski has flown old biplanes, met collectors, and examined and photographed nearly every existing WWI infantry weapon. He’s collaborated with experts on military history and even participated in WWI reenactments, experiencing trench-life firsthand. Winkowski is a publishing professional. He splits his time between New York, NY and Seattle, WA.

Dr. Stephen Bull is currently Curator of Military History and Archaeology at Lancashire County Museums in the UK.  His television and radio appearances include “Battlefield Detectives,” along with numerous news and current affairs productions.   He has also made a number of short films for museum and gallery use, and exhibitions curated include “Images of the American West” and “Battle of the Somme.”  He is the author of more than 30 books and has been listed for the Portico Prize for Literature for his work on the Civil War in Lancashire.  His most recent book is Churchill’s Army (Bloomsbury), published in 2016.  He lives in Lancashire, UK.

ISBN: 978-1-943876-46-4
176 pages; 6 1/2 x 8 3/4"; hardcover;
200 b&w illustrations