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Somme 1916: Success and Failure on the first day of the Battle of the Somme

by Paul Kendall

Much controversy has surrounded the Somme offensive relating to its justification and its impact upon the course of the war. General Sir Douglas Haig's policies have been the subject of considerable debate about...


Britain Goes to War: How the First World War Began to Reshape the Nation

by Dr Peter Liddle

The First World War had a profound impact on British society and on British relations with continental Europe, the Dominions, the United States and the emerging Soviet Union. The pre-war world was transformed,...


Trapped Behind Enemy Lines: Accounts of British Soldiers and their Protectors in the Great War

by John Anderson & Victor Pluk

As 1914 ends, the war which was supposed to be over by Christmas, had settled down to an entrenched stalemate. Trapped behind enemy lines are many British soldiers who are hidden by brave French families. The...


Ypres 1914: Messines: Early Battles 1914

by Nigel Cave & Jack Sheldon

These three Battleground Europe books on Ypres 1914 mark the centenary of the final major battle of the 1914 campaign on the Western Front. Although fought over a relatively small area and short time span, the...


Berwick-Upon-Tweed in the Great War

by Craig Armstrong

Berwick-upon-Tweed was an important garrison town and regional centre, which, as befit its history, had a strong sense of duty, reflected in its proud martial traditions. During the catastrophic years of 1914-18...


Tynedale in the Great War

by Brian Tilley

The remote moors and valleys around Hexham in Northumberland have been producing fighting men for countless millennia. From repelling invading Romans and Vikings, to locking swords with William Wallace's rampaging...


The Royal Naval Air Service in the First World War: Aircraft and Events as Recorded in Official Documents

by Philip Jarrett

This book makes five original documents relating to the work of Britain's Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) during the First World War readily available to students and historians. To enhance visual interest a...


Halifax in the Great War

by David Millichope

Halifax was surprised by the outbreak of war in August 1914 but within days the public mood had turned into a staggering display of unified support. Voluntary fund raising organisations sprang up and bore witness...


Roll of Honour: Schooling & The Great War 1914-1919

by Barry Blades

The Great War was the first 'Total War'; a war in which human and material resources were pitched into a life-and-death struggle on a colossal scale. British citizens fought on both the Battle Fronts and on...


Tracing your Great War Ancestors: The Somme: A Guide for Family Historians

by Simon Fowler

If you want to find out about an ancestor who served on the Somme during the First World War - during the Battle of the Somme in 1916 or at any time during the fighting in this sector of the Western Front -...


The British at First and Second Ypres: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

by Bob Carruthers

This new volume in the long-running Images of War series features the actions of the British Army at Ypres from 1914-15. Rare photographs illustrating the optimistic men of the BEF in the act of mobilization...


When the Office Went to War

by Clare Horrie & Kathryn Phelps

During the course of the First World War, staff of the Great Western Railway's Audit Office sent letters and photographs back to their employer in Paddington, which were in turn collated into monthly "newsletters†?...


Outrage at Sea

by Tony Bridgland

This, the follow-up to Naval Atrocities in World War 2, is an anthology of shameful incidents at sea, causing outrage on both sides. The sinking of the Lusitania was the trigger of these events, which were played...


Army Wings: A History of Army Air Observation Flying 1914-1960

by Robert Jackson

This is the fascinating story of army fixed-wing cooperation units who were made up of specially trained volunteer army personnel. These men were trained to fly, to reconnoiter across the front line in search...


Russia's Sisters of Mercy and the Great War: More Than Binding Men's Wounds

by Laurie S. Stoff

They are war stories, filled with danger and deprivation, excitement and opportunity, sorrow and trauma, scandal and controversy—and because they are the war stories of nurses, they remain largely untold....


MI5 at War 1909-1918: How MI5 Foiled the Spies of the Kaiser in the First World War

by Chris Northcott

The years 1909-1918 can be regarded as formative for MI5, an era in which it developed from a small counterespionage bureau into an established security intelligence agency. MI5 had two main roles during this...


Visiting the Fallen-Arras South

by Peter Hughes

Like Ypres, Arras was a front line town throughout the Great War. From March 1916 it became home to the British Army and it remained so until the Advance to Victory was well under way. In 1917 the Battle of...


The Hunger War: Food, Rations & Rationing 1914-1918

by Matthew Richardson

In the First World War the supply of food to civilians became as significant a factor in final victory as success or defeat on the battlefields. Never before had the populations of entire countries lived under...


Whitehaven in the Great War

by Ruth Mansergh

Whitehaven in the Great War covers Whitehaven's immense contribution to the Great War effort; it is thought that 625 Whitehaven men - from a town that, in 1901, had a population of around 21,000 - lost their...


The German Army in the Spring Offensives 1917: Arras, Aisne, & Champagne

by Jack Sheldon

After the great battles of 1916, the Allied Armies planned to launch massive attacks North and South of the Somme. The German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in March 1917 forced the new French CinC General...