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The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1963

by Barbara W. Tuchman

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s...


I Chose the Sky

by Leonard Rochford

The newest addition to the Grub Street Classics range is this fascinating, insightful and, at times, nail-biting account by the World War One veteran, Leonard H. Rochford. This book has been out of print for...


Happy Odyssey

by Adrian Carton de Wiart

Adrian Carton de Wiart's autobiography is one of the most remarkable of military memoirs. He was intended for the law, but abandoned his studies at Balliol College, Oxford, in 1899 to serve as a trooper in the...


The Sleepwalkers

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History 2013

by Christopher Clark

On the morning of June 28, 1914, when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie Chotek, arrived at Sarajevo railway station, Europe was at peace. Thirty-seven days later, it was at war. The conflict that...


A Motorcycle Courier in the Great War

by Captain W.H.L. Watson & Bob Carruthers

W.H.L. Watson was a British Army, motorcycle despatch rider in the World War I. He saw active service during the key battles of 1914 and early 1915. Watson and his colleagues formed part of the Royal Engineers...


From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: Volume IV 1917, Year of Crisis

by Arthur J Marder

The five volumes that constitute Arthur Marder's From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow represented arguably the finest contribution to the literature of naval history since Alfred Mahan. A J P Taylor wrote that...


Fighter Aces!: The Constable Maxwell Brothers - Fighter Pilots in Two World Wars

by Alex Revell

When Gerald Constable Maxwell was flying as a fighter pilot in World War I, his brother Michael was born. Both went on to have distinguished flying careers in World War II. This is the story of both men and...


A Broken World

by Sebastian Faulks & Hope Wolf

Edited by the bestselling author of Birdsong and Dr Hope Wolf, this is an original and illuminating non-fiction anthology of writing on the First World War.

A lieutenant writes of digging through bodies that...


1914: The Year the World Ended

by Paul Ham

Few years can justly be said to have transformed the earth: 1914 did. In July that year, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Britain and France were poised to plunge the world into a war that would kill or wound...


Pals on the Somme 1916: Kitchener's New Army Battalions Raised by Local Authorities During the Great War

by Roni Wilkinson

Pals on the Somme covers the history of all the Pals Battalions who fought on the Somme during the First World War. The book looks at the events which led to the war and how the 'Pals' phenomenon was born._x000B__x000B_It...


The First World War

by Hew Strachan

“This serious, compact survey of the war’s history stands out as the most well-informed, accessible work available.” (Los Angeles Times)

Nearly a century has passed since the outbreak of World War I, yet...


A Gunner's War: An Artilleryman's Experience in the First World War

by Ian Ronayne

If the First World War had not happened when it did, Channel Islander Clarence Ahier would almost certainly have led a mostly unremarkable life. But it did, and in October 1915, aged just 23-years-old, Clarence...


Battle of Britain 1917: The First Heavy Bomber Raids on England

by Jonathan Sutherland

In the autumn of 1916 the Germans began to equip with the Gotha twin-engine bomber. The Gothas were designed to carry out attacks across the channel against Britain. A group of four squadrons was established...


In the Footsteps of the Red Baron

by Michael O'Connor

Manfred von Richthofen became a fighter pilot on the Western Front in August 1916. By January 1917, Richthofen had shot down fifteen aircraft had been appointed commander of his own unit. He painted the fuselage...


Guns of the Northeast

by Joe Foster

A graphic account of the defence of Hartlepool, Whitby and Scarborough against German seaborne raiders in 1914 and a detailed history the coastal defences that confronted the German navy. For the first time...


Tyneside Irish: 24th, 25th & 26th & 27th (Service) Battalions of the Northumberland Fusiliers: A History of the Tyneside Irish Brigade

by John Sheen

The 'Pals" battalions were a phenomenon of the Great War, never repeated since. Under Lord Derby's scheme, and in response to Kitchener's famous call for a million volunteers, local communities raised (and initially...


Hat in the Ring: The Birth of American Air Power in the Great War

by Bert Frandsen

When Congress declared war in April 1917, the Europeans had already deployed their third generation of fighters, equipped with machine guns and capable of speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, while the American...


Cross of Iron

by John Mosier

A riveting account of the origins and development of the German army that breaks through the distortions of conventional military history

Acclaimed for his revisionist history of the German Army in World War...


Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day, 1918 World War I and Its Violent Climax

by Joseph E. Persico

November 11, 1918. The final hours pulsate with tension as every man in the trenches hopes to escape the melancholy distinction of being the last to die in World War I. The Allied generals knew the fighting...


A War of Liberation

by George H Doran Co.

First published in 1917, in support of the Allies, this anonymous pamphlet published by George H. Doran discusses the causes of World War I and the politics and government of Germany. This is an excellent primary...