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Back in Blighty

by Gerard DeGroot

World War One had a devastating, cataclysmic impact on the world and the British people. As its reverberations were so long-lasting and significant, it is easy to assume that the social consequences were as...


An August Bank Holiday Lark

by Deborah McAndrew

Tomorrow morning, you and Frank Armitage are getting wed. In my opinion, marriage is blind optimism at any time, but especially in wartime. It's an act of faith.

Taking its title from a line in Philip Larkin�s...


Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne

by Douglas V. Mastriano

Alvin C. York (1887--1964) -- devout Christian, conscientious objector, and reluctant hero of World War I -- is one of America's most famous and celebrated soldiers. Known to generations through Gary Cooper's...


A History of the First World War in 100 Objects: In Association with the Imperial War Museum

by John Hughes-Williams & Nigel Steel

A History of the First World War in 100 Objects narrates the causes, progress and outcome of the First World War by telling the stories behind 100 items of material evidence of that cataclysmic and shattering...


For King and Country: Voices from the First World War

by Brian Macarthur

Far more than an anthology, FOR KING AND COUNTRY is Brian MacArthur's attempt to write a history of the First World War by drawing on the writings of those who were present at the events they describe. Those...


Battle of Dogger Bank: The First Dreadnought Engagement, January 1915

by Tobias R. Philbin

On January 24, 1915, a German naval force commanded by Admiral Franz von Hipper conducted a raid on British fishing fleets in the area of the Dogger Banks. The force was engaged by a British force, which had...


The Lewis Gun

by Neil Grant & Peter Dennis

As a lightweight machine gun, the American designed Lewis Gun made a place for itself in World War I & World War II.

Although machine guns were widely issued and used during the bloody opening months of World...


Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!

by Richard Ned Lebow

The “Great War” claimed nearly 40 million lives and set the stage for World War II,  the Holocaust, and the Cold War.  One hundred years later, historians  are beginning  to recognize how unnecessary...


The Home Front 1914-1918: How Britain Survived  the Great War

by Ian F.W. Beckett

The Great War had a profound impact on Britain. Not only did families risk their sons in active combat; every member of society was required to make a contribution to the war effort. National initiatives like...


The Grand Fleet 1914-19: The Royal Navy in the First World War

by Daniel G Ridley-Kitts MBE

The First World War was the first real time in 100 years that the reputation of the British Royal Navy was put on the line in defence of the country. This book tells of the creation and development of the Grand...


VCs of the First World War: The Naval VCs: The Naval VCs

by Stephen Snelling

Here is a complete record of almost fifty men who won the Victorian Cross while serving the Royal Navy during the First World War. They include the conflict's youngest and oldest winners in operations ranging...


Face of War: New Zealand's Great War Photography

by Sandy Callister

An authoritative history of combat photography and its cultural, emotional, and memorial roles, this collection is the first to examine the vernacular photos of World War I taken by its New Zealand participants....


Letters from Gallipoli: New Zealand Soldiers Write Home

by Glyn Harper

Revealing and often heartbreaking, this collection of letters offers a powerful firsthand account of a pivotal event in New Zealand history: World War I's Gallipoli Campaign in 1915. Grouped in chronological...


Kingsnorth Airship Station: In Defence of the Nation

by Tina Bilbe

Kingsnorth Airship Station played a vital role during the First World War, developing airships which successfully protected the fleet from submarine attack. It was the proud boast of the Airship Service that...


The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914

by Margaret Macmillan

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY

The New York Times Book Review • The Economist • The Christian Science Monitor • Bloomberg Businessweek • The Globe and Mail

From the bestselling and award-winning...


Changing War: The British Army, the Hundred Days Campaign and The Birth of the Royal Air Force, 1918

by Gary Sheffield & Peter Gray

In 1918, the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) played a critical role in defeating the German army and thus winning the First World War. This 'Hundred Days' campaign (August to November 1918) was the greatest...


They Did Not Grow Old: Teenage Conscripts on the Western Front 1918

by Tim Lynch

in June 1918, 130 teenagers arrived in France as just another draft of replacements among the thousands sent to reinforce the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front. Within the next five months, one...


Fighting for the Bucks: The History of the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars 1914-18

by E J Hounslow & Ian Beckett

From the hell of Gallipoli to the deserts of the Holy Land, torpedoed in the Mediterranean before finally posted to the mud and trenches of the Western Front, the Royal Bucks Hussars had a fascinating and bloody...


Edith Cavell

by Diana Souhami

Edith Cavell was born on 4th December 1865, daughter of the vicar of Swardeston in Norfolk, and shot in Brussels on 12th October 1915 by the Germans for sheltering British and French soldiers and helping them...


Verdun: The Lost History of the Most Important Battle of World War I, 1914-1918

by John Mosier

Alongside Waterloo and Gettysburg, the Battle of Verdun during the First World War stands as one of history's greatest clashes. Yet it is also one of the most complex and misunderstood, in a war only imperfectly...