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Tommy Goes to War


An Association with the Imperial War Museum

Malcolm Brown


History Press 2009
Paperback Illustrated
 

The designation 'Thomas Atkins' was used on army documents from at least the beginning of the 19th century to describe the typical soldier. This, in tThe designation 'Thomas Atkins' was used on army documents from at least the beginning of the 19th century to describe the typical soldier. This, in turn led to the nickname 'Tommy' which has perhaps become most associated with the British infantrymen of the First World War. This classic study, first published in 1978, collects the reminiscences of Tommies who lived through the long years of struggle on the Western Front. ...more
 

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The Quick and the Dead


Fallen Soldiers and their Families in the Great War

Richard van Emden


Bloomsbury 2011
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This account of the families of soldiers who did not return from the war and how they fared during and immediately after the conflict, draws on memoirThis account of the families of soldiers who did not return from the war and how they fared during and immediately after the conflict, draws on memoirs, letters, diaries and the recollections of surviving children - all now in their nineties. ...more
 

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King of Airfighters


The Biography of Major 'Mick'

Ira Jones


Casemate 2009
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The use of aircraft in warfare was in its infancy in 1917 when 'Mick' Mannock went to France for his first tour of duty. Over the next year he proved The use of aircraft in warfare was in its infancy in 1917 when 'Mick' Mannock went to France for his first tour of duty. Over the next year he proved himself to be one of the most able and courageous pilots in the Royal Flying Corps and was an innovator of aerial combat tactics. Written by fellow ace Ira Jones, this celebrated biography of the top-scoring British aviator was first published in 1934. ...more
 

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Fighters 1914-1919


Attack and Training Aircraft

Kenneth Munson


Bounty 2004
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Bombers 1914-1919


Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft

Kenneth Munson


Bounty 2004
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Mapping the First World War



Peter Chasseaud


Collins 2013
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Maps played a crucial part in the conduct of the First World War, whether national or topographical maps, political maps charting disputed territoriesMaps played a crucial part in the conduct of the First World War, whether national or topographical maps, political maps charting disputed territories, military maps (showing troop positions, trenches, artillery etc), naval and air charts, propaganda maps or popular newspaper maps for the general public. Drawing on the Imperial War Museum collection, this volume uses over 150 contemporary maps and over 90 photographs to trace the course of the war, from its causes to the peace treaties and their aftermath. ...more
 

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We Hope to Get Word Tomorrow


His Wife Christina and their Son Roland Gerard 1914-1916

Mark Pottle; John GG Ledingham

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Frontline 2009
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This book presents the correspondence between Gerard Garvin, a subaltern on the Western Front from 1914 to 1916, and his parents in London. Garvin's fThis book presents the correspondence between Gerard Garvin, a subaltern on the Western Front from 1914 to 1916, and his parents in London. Garvin's father was Editor of the Observer and thus in daily contact with leading political and military figures, while his mother's concerns were of domestic affairs and daily life: together their letters provide a unique commentary on the war, encompassing views from the trenches, from the political nerve centre and from the home front. ...more
 

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Survivors of a Kind


Memoirs of the Western Front

Brian Bond


Continuum 2008
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In this original study, Brian Bond argues that many memoirs of the First World War are not only literary masterpieces, but are also of great value to In this original study, Brian Bond argues that many memoirs of the First World War are not only literary masterpieces, but are also of great value to historians. He examines a range of authors and works, demonstrating the remarkable variety of combat experiences and post- war reflections, whether poets like Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon and Edmund Blunden who were traumatized by trench warfare, or warriors and 'Fire-Eaters' such as Lord Reith and Alf Pollard who enjoyed the war. ...more
 

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A Part of History


Aspects of the British Experience of the First World War

Michael Howard


Continuum 2008
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Published in 2008 to mark the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in 1918, this collection of 22 essays by distinguished contributors disPublished in 2008 to mark the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in 1918, this collection of 22 essays by distinguished contributors discusses aspects of the war that range from debates about military revisionism and pardons for men shot at dawn to the literature and music that the war inspired and continues to inspire. Other topics include the Gallipoli campaign; religion; Britain's official wartime film propaganda; women and the Armistice; and the archaeology of the Western Front. ...more
 

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Cavalry of the Clouds


Air War over Europe, 1914-1918

John Sweetman


Spellmount 2010
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Lloyd George coined the term 'cavalry of the clouds', calling the pilots of the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War 'the knighthood of this war'Lloyd George coined the term 'cavalry of the clouds', calling the pilots of the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War 'the knighthood of this war'. But the reality of unreliable equipment, fatigue, and constant danger was rather less glamorous. This history traces the development of airpower in the lead up to, and during, the war and balances official reports and statistical analysis with personal testimony contained in letters of both British and German airmen. ...more
 

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The Boys of Shakespeare's School


in the First World War

Richard Pearson


History Press 2010
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For a small grammar school, the loss of 31 former pupils and one master in the First World War was a heavy toll. Theirs was also a remarkably distinguFor a small grammar school, the loss of 31 former pupils and one master in the First World War was a heavy toll. Theirs was also a remarkably distinguished record with many awards for gallantry, including a Victoria Cross. Tracing the combatants back to their schooldays in Stratford-upon-Avon, this book tells the story of each of the old boys' engagements on the battlefields of the Western Front, Italy, Salonika, Macedonia, Gallipoli, Bulgaria and Russia. ...more
 

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The Blue Beast


Power and Passion in the Great War

Jonathan Walker


History Press 2012
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Edwardian high society was by no means immune to 'The Blue Beast' - sexual passion - and this riveting social history reveals how three extraordinary Edwardian high society was by no means immune to 'The Blue Beast' - sexual passion - and this riveting social history reveals how three extraordinary women beguiled the most powerful men in England. Drawing on family archives and private letters, it charts the fortunes of Emilie Grigsby, American adventuress and 'mascot of the High Command'; Winifred 'Wendy' Bennett, mistress of the Commander in Chief Sir John French; and the strong-willed, aristocratic Sylvia Henley, confidante of the Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith. ...more
 

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The Long Silence


Civilian Life under the German Occupation of Northern France,1914-1918

Helen McPhail


IB Tauris 2001
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The horrors of the Western Front in the First World War are well documented, but what was life like beyond the trenches, in German- occupied France? BThe horrors of the Western Front in the First World War are well documented, but what was life like beyond the trenches, in German- occupied France? Based on secret diaries, memoirs and official records, this groundbreaking social history reveals how factories were stripped, furniture requisitioned, food severely rationed, and civilians deported to labour camps - and how the French responded, as they did in the Second World War, with resistance, espionage and sabotage. ...more
 

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Tig's Boys


Letters to Sir, from the Trenches

David Hilliam

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Spellmount 2011
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Bournemouth Grammar School was founded in 1901; it was a mere 14 years old when war broke out and many of its first 'old boys' were fighting in FranceBournemouth Grammar School was founded in 1901; it was a mere 14 years old when war broke out and many of its first 'old boys' were fighting in France. Printed in the school magazines of 1914-1918, the letters written to the headmaster, Dr Edward Fenwick or 'Tig', by old boys describing their wartime adventures, and the articles and 98 obituaries written by Tig give a powerful sense of the spirit and the tragedy of the 'lost generation'. ...more
 

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A War of Individuals


Bloomsbury Attitudes to the Great War

Jonathan Atkin


Manchester University Press 2002
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Taking the Bloomsbury group as his starting point, Atkin explores how far opposition to the First World War based on moral, humanistic or aesthetic grTaking the Bloomsbury group as his starting point, Atkin explores how far opposition to the First World War based on moral, humanistic or aesthetic grounds was shared by other British individuals, and pacifists such as Bertrand Russell. No jacket. ...more
 


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