Launched in April 1912, the Vest Pocket Kodak was one of the world's first compact cameras. About the height and width of today's iPhone, it was small eugh to fit into the pocket of a waistcoat (the American Vest) and allowed the soldiers to record their experiences of the trenches. The images they preserved offer us a remarkably personal viewpoint, and create a fascinating link between the camera and the conflict. The first half of the book sets the techlogy and timeline of the camera against those of the war. The second half presents a commemorative album of images taken with the camera, a remarkable record of a lost generation, and a tragic reflection of the manufacturer's advertising by-line: Kodak pictures never let you forget.
Jon Cooksey is a leading military historian, editor of Stand To! magazine and author of over 20 titles. His work has appeared in both military magazines and national newspapers. Foreword by Richard van Emden, a well- known historian, freelance journalist, writer and researcher. He has produced the award-winning television series Roses of No Man's Land and Veterans, as well as other historical documentaries for the BBC.