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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...


Tommy's War: The Western Front in Soldiers' Words and Photographs

by Richard van Emden

Conventional histories of the Great War have tended to focus on the terrible attritional battles of Ypres, of Arras and of the Somme. What they do not tell us is what life was like for the ordinary soldier,...


1914: The Belgian Massacres

by Paul Ham

In the early stages of World War 1 some 800,000 German troops defied Belgian neutrality and marched across the border. In August 1914 the bulk of the German army - some 800,000 troops - defied Belgian neutrality...


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...


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...


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...


The Compensations of War: The Diary of an Ambulance Driver during the Great War

by Guy Emerson, Jr. Bowerman & Mark C. Carnes

In 1917, shortly after the United States' declaration of war on Germany, Guy Emerson Bowerman, Jr., enlisted in the American army's ambulance service. Like other young ambulance drivers-Hemingway, Dos Passos,...


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

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...


All the Kaiser's Men: The Life and Death of the German Soldier on the Western Front

by Ian Passingham

Convinced that both God and the Kaiser were on their side, the officers and men of the German Army went to war in 1914, confident that they were destined for a swift and crushing victory in the West. The vaunted...


The British Imperial Army in the Middle East: Morale and Military Identity in the Sinai and Palestine Campaigns, 1916-18

by James E. Kitchen

The First World War has often been understood in terms of the combat experiences of soldiers on the Western Front; those combatants who served in the other theatres of the war have been neglected. Using personal...


The Wolf: How One German Raider Terrorized the Allies in the Most Epic Voyage of WWI

by Richard Guilliatt & Peter Hohnen

On November 30, 1916, an apparently ordinary freighter left harbor in Kiel, Germany, and would not touch land again for another fifteen months. It was the beginning of an astounding 64,000-mile voyage that was...


Mussolini in the First World War: The Journalist, the Soldier, the Fascist

by Paul O'Brien

How did Benito Mussolini come to fascism? Standard accounts of the dictator have failed to explain satisfactorily the transition from his pre-World War I 'socialism' to his post-war fascism. This controversial...


Germany and the Causes of the First World War

by Mark Hewitson

How can we understand what caused World War I? What role did Germany play? This book encourages us to re-think the events that led to global conflict in 1914.Historians in recent years have argued that German...


Memorials of the Great War in Britain: The Symbolism and Politics of Remembrance

by Alex King

Taking as its focus memorials of the First World War in Britain, this book brings a fresh approach to the study of public symbols by exploring how different motives for commemorating the dead were reconciled...


The First World War: Germany and Austria-Hungary 1914-1918

by Holger H. Herwig

The Great War toppled four empires, cost the world 24 million dead, and sowed the seeds of another worldwide conflict 20 years later. This is the only book in the English language to offer comprehensive coverage...


The Great War: 1914 - 1918

by John Terraine

It did not need a Fort Sumter cannonade to set the world in flames in 1914, only the pistol shots of an assassin.

The Great War 1914-1918, written by one of the leading military historians of his time, John...


Broken Men: Shell Shock, Treatment and Recovery in Britain 1914-30

by Fiona Reid

Shell shock achieved a very high political profile in the years 1919-1922. Publications ranging from John Bull to the Morning Post insisted that shell-shocked men should be treated with respect, and the Minister...


Suicide of the Empires: The Eastern Front 1914-18

by Alan Clark

On the outbreak of war in 1914, the armies of the Western Front soon became bogged down in the mud of Flanders and it is these events that many people associate most strongly with the First World War - but its...


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...