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Peter Hart - Author

About the Author

Peter Hart was born in 1955. He went to Liverpool University before joining the Sound Archive at the Imperial War Museum in 1981. He is now Oral Historian at the Archive.

Featured books by Peter Hart

The Great War: 1914-1918

The Great War: 1914-1918

Author: Peter Hart Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

The Great War was the first truly global conflict, and it changed the course of world history In this magnum opus, critically-acclaimed historian Peter Hart examines the conflict in every arena around the world, in a history that combines cutting edge scholarship with vivid and unfamiliar eyewitness accounts, from kings and generals, and ordinary soldiers. He focuses in particular on explaining how technology and tactics developed during the conflict - and determines which battles were crucial to its outcome. Combatants from every corner of Earth joined the fray, but their voices are rarely heard together. This is a major history of the conflict whose centenary is fast approaching. Published in paperback for the anniversary of the conflict, this is a pioneering and comprehensive account of the First World War, comparable to Anthony Beevor or Max Hastings.

Other books by Peter Hart

The Last Battle Endgame on the Western Front, 1918

The Last Battle Endgame on the Western Front, 1918

Author: Peter Hart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

By August 1918, the outcome of the Great War was not in doubt: the Allies would win. But what was unclear was how this defeat would play out - would the Germans hold on, prolonging the fighting deep into 1919, with the loss of hundreds of thousands more young lives, or could the war be won in 1918? In The Last Battle, Peter Hart, author of Gallipoli and The Great War, and oral historian at the Imperial War Museum, brings to life the dramatic final weeks of the war, as men fought to secure victory, with survival seemingly only days, or hours away. Drawing on the experience of both generals and ordinary soldiers, and dwelling with equal weight on strategy, tactics and individual experience, this is a powerful and detailed account of history's greatest endgame.

The Last Battle Endgame on the Western Front, 1918

The Last Battle Endgame on the Western Front, 1918

Author: Peter Hart Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2018

By August 1918, the outcome of the Great War was not in doubt: the Allies would win. But what was unclear was how this defeat would play out - would the Germans hold on, prolonging the fighting deep into 1919, with the loss of hundreds of thousands more young lives, or could the war be won in 1918? In The Last Battle, Peter Hart, author of Gallipoli and The Great War, and oral historian at the Imperial War Museum, brings to life the dramatic final weeks of the war, as men fought to secure victory, with survival seemingly only days, or hours away. Drawing on the experience of both generals and ordinary soldiers, and dwelling with equal weight on strategy, tactics and individual experience, this is a powerful and detailed account of history's greatest endgame.

Voices from the Front An Oral History of the Great War

Voices from the Front An Oral History of the Great War

Author: Peter Hart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

Every man who served in the Great War is now deceased, but they have left behind them an enormous collection of oral history, which captures the authentic voices of the front line soldiers. In Voices from the Front, oral historian Peter Hart brings together accounts from across the conflict, from soldiers, sailors and airmen, from officers and privates alike. In the course of his research, he talked to men who saw their friends die in front of them, who were seriously wounded themselves, men who refused to fight on principle and those whose indomitable spirit carried them through thick and thin. Sometimes they were there at crucial turning points in the war - going over the top in the slaughter of the Somme in 1916 or punching through the German lines to victory in 1918 - and sometimes they sweated, toiled and suffered on a forgotten front, thousands of miles from home. In the vein of The Beauty and the Sorrow, this is the First World War seen through the eyes of the men who experienced it for themselves.

Screw It Just Do It

Screw It Just Do It

Author: Peter Hart Format: eBook Release Date: 19/12/2014

Peter Hart is one of the UK's top online entrepreneurs, with businesses turning over millions of pounds a year. He's done it his way and now he wants to share his secrets with you because he's passionate about helping others get on the path to success. Screw It Just Do It is for anyone who ever had a dream. In simple, easy-to-read language, Pete takes you from Nowhere to Somewhere and shows you the way to Everywhere. It's everything you need to know to get going in e-commerce, written by someone just like you.

Screw it Just Do it

Screw it Just Do it

Author: Peter Hart Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/11/2014

Peter Hart left school at 15 without taking a single exam and spent years drifting from job to job...then he had an idea! Now he's one of the UK's top online entrepreneurs, with businesses turning over millions of pounds a year. He's done it his way and now he wants to share his secrets with you because he's passionate about helping others get on the path to success. Screw It Just Do It is for anyone who ever had a dream. In simple, easy-to-read language, Pete takes you from Nowhere to Somewhere and shows you the way to Everywhere. It's everything you need to know to get going in e-commerce, written by someone just like you.

The Great War: 1914-1918

The Great War: 1914-1918

Author: Peter Hart Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

The Great War was the first truly global conflict, and it changed the course of world history In this magnum opus, critically-acclaimed historian Peter Hart examines the conflict in every arena around the world, in a history that combines cutting edge scholarship with vivid and unfamiliar eyewitness accounts, from kings and generals, and ordinary soldiers. He focuses in particular on explaining how technology and tactics developed during the conflict - and determines which battles were crucial to its outcome. Combatants from every corner of Earth joined the fray, but their voices are rarely heard together. This is a major history of the conflict whose centenary is fast approaching. Published in paperback for the anniversary of the conflict, this is a pioneering and comprehensive account of the First World War, comparable to Anthony Beevor or Max Hastings.

Gallipoli

Gallipoli

Author: Peter Hart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/03/2013

'The scene was tragically macabre: the image of desolation, the flames spared nothing. As for our young men, a few minutes ago, so alert, so self-confident, all now lying dead on the bare deck, blackened burned skeletons, twisted in all directions, no trace of any clothing, the fire having devoured all.' Vice Admiral P. E. Gueprette recalls the damage to the French ship Suffen during a naval battle in 1915. One of the most famous battles in history, Gallipoli forced Churchill from office, established Turkey's iconic founder Mustafa Kemal ('Ataturk') and marked Australia's emergence as a nation in its own right. It had begun as a bold move led by the British to ultimately capture Constantinople, but this definitive new history explains that from the initial landings - which ended with so much blood in the sea it could be seen from aircraft overhead - to the desperate attacks of early summer and the battle of attrition that followed, it was a lunacy that was never going to succeed. Drawing on unpublished personal accounts by individuals at all levels and from all sides - not only from Britain, Australia and New Zealand, but unusually from Turkey and France too - Peter Hart combines his trademark eye for vivid personal stories with a strong narrative to bring a modern view of this military disaster to a popular audience.

Somme Success The Royal Flying Corps and the Battle of the Somme 1916

Somme Success The Royal Flying Corps and the Battle of the Somme 1916

Author: Peter Hart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2012

High above the blood soaked trenches of the Somme during the Summer and Autumn of 1916, the Royal Flying Corps were acting out - and winning - one of the first great aerial battles of history.Even in those pioneering days of flying, primitive aircraft flown by brave young men were of significant military value. Before the battle, photographic reconnaissance aircraft from both sides were desperately trying to map the opposition's deployment. Artillery spotting aircraft were proving invaluable in directing devastating fire onto otherwise hidden targets. Bombing raids became a normal routine.Somme Success is a highly effective description of all facets of air operations of the period. It uses the voices and accounts of those who were there. It describes how the RFC met the Fokker scourge head on using DH2 single seaters and, later, the ubiquitous FE2B two seaters, of the type that German 'Ace' Max Immelmann was shot down by.Having conceded air supremacy to the RFC early in the offensive, the German Air Service launched an aerial counter-attack during August and September. The elite scout squadron led by Oswald Boelcke raised the stakes and their Albatross single seaters proved superior to any allied aircraft. Richthofen then appeared on the scene and a new period of German supremacy began.This is a thrilling account of the dramatic events of the period and an insight into the 'glamorous' world of the Great Aces.

The Cold Before the Dawn

The Cold Before the Dawn

Author: Peter Hart Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2011

The Cold Before the Dawn

The Cold Before the Dawn

Author: Peter Hart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2011

Voices from the Front:: The 16th Durham Light Infantry in Italy, 1943-1945

Voices from the Front:: The 16th Durham Light Infantry in Italy, 1943-1945

Author: Peter Hart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2010

The Second World War is vanishing into the pages of history. The veterans were once all around us, but their numbers are fast diminishing. While still in their prime many recorded their memories with Peter Hart for the Imperial War Museum. As these old soldiers now fade away their voices from the front are still strong with a rare power to bring the horrors of war back to vivid life. The 16th Durham Light Infantry were supposed to be just an 'ordinary' battalion. But their experiences as they fought their way up through Italy show that there is no such thing as 'ordinary'. They struggled to break out from Salerno, then across the countless rivers and mountain ranges that seemed to spring up to bar their way to victory. They learnt their military skills the hard way facing determined German opposition every step of the way. These were no 'D-Day Dodgers' but heroes in their own right. But there was another battle being fought as they struggled to maintain their morale day by day, as their friends died and their seemed to be no end in sight. This is their story.Peter Hart was born in 1955. After attending Liverpool University he has worked as the Oral Historian at the Imperial War Museum since 1981, He is responsible for interviewing veterans of all conflicts from the Great War to the present day. His previous books include 1918: A Very British Victory, The Somme, 1916, Aces Falling: War Above the Trenches, 1918 and Jutland, 1916. His Voices from the Front series with Pen & Sword includes, The 16th Durham Light Infantry, The 2nd Norfolk regiment and the South Notts Hussars. He is married with two children and lives in North London

1918 A Very British Victory

1918 A Very British Victory

Author: Peter Hart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2009

The story of the huge mobile battles of 1918, which finally ended the Great War. 1918 was the critical year of battle as the Great War reached its brutal climax. Warfare of an epic scale was fought on the Western Front, where ordinary British soldiers faced the final test of their training, tactics and determination. That they withstood the storm and began an astonishing counterattack, is proof that by 1918, the British army was the most effective fighting force in the world. But this ultimate victory came at devastating cost. Using a wealth of previously unpublished material, historian Peter Hart gives a vivid account of this last year of conflict - what it was like to fight on the frontline, through the words of the men who were there. In a chronicle of unparalleled scope and depth, he brings to life the suspense, turmoil and tragedy of 1918's vast offensives.

Bloody April Slaughter in the Skies over Arras, 1917

Bloody April Slaughter in the Skies over Arras, 1917

Author: Peter Hart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2006

The story of the decimation of the Royal Flying Corps over Arras in 1917 As the Allies embarked upon the Battle of Arras, they desperately needed accurate aerial reconnaissance photographs. But by this point the Royal Flying Club were flying obsolete planes. The new German Albatros scouts massively outclassed them in every respect: speed, armament, ability to withstand punishment and manoeuverability. Many of the RFC's pilots were straight out of flying school - as they took to the air they were sitting targets for the experienced German aces. Over the course of 'Bloody April' the RFC suffered casualties of over a third. The average life expectancy of a new subaltern on the front line dropped to just eleven days. And yet they carried on flying, day after day, in the knowledge that, in the eyes of their commanders at least, their own lives meant nothing compared to the photographs they brought back, which could save tens of thousands of soldiers on the ground. In this book Peter Hart tells the story of the air war over Arras, using the voices of the men who were actually there.

Windsurfing

Windsurfing

Author: Peter Hart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2005

Arguably one of the most diverse, exciting and accessible of water sports, windsurfing attracts an estimated twenty million participants worldwide. This instructional volume is packed full of information. Illustrated with photographs by John Carter, one of the world's most respected water sports' photographers, it will inspire both the beginner and the expert.

Tales in Tandem

Tales in Tandem

Author: Peter Hart, Lili Hart Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/12/2004

A personal selection of a great variety of Short Stories and Poems on many different topics with which the reader will readily be able to identify. Some are fiction, other non-fiction, the latter being auto-biographical. All writen separately by Peter and Lili Hart over the last two decades.

Journey into Freedom An Authentic War-Time Story

Journey into Freedom An Authentic War-Time Story

Author: Peter Hart Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/03/2003

An authentic war-time story of the years 1939-1947 which finds the author in France at the outbreak of war. First interned as an 'Enemy Alien', then taken prisoner by the Germans after the invasion, he resolves to reach England, which takes him another three years. Conscripted into the Vichy Army he manages to escape after two and a half years, goes into hiding before crossing the Pyrenees, when the Germans had occupied the whole of France. Interned in Spain, he joins the American Quakers in Madrid on relief work, after they obtained his release from the 'Miranda' internment camp. On the last leg of his journey into freedom, arranged by the British Embassy, he leaves for Britain by convoy from Gibraltar to join HM Forces in 1943. Assigned to the Intelligence Corps, his story continues until his demobilisation in 1947.

British Intelligence in Ireland The Final Reports

British Intelligence in Ireland The Final Reports

Author: Peter Hart Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2002

Though the Irish revolution of 1920-1921 ended in military and political stalemate, republican Intelligence under Michael Collins has long been credited with humiliating its British rivals. This judgement is challenged by the recent release of two confidential self-assessments prepared for the army and police in 1922. The second report, by Sir Ormonde Winter, provides a uniquely personal, if flawed account of Intelligence from the inside. The Irish revolution of 1920-1921 ended in a military and political stalemate, resolved only through the mutual compromise incorporated in the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Historians have long accepted that the one conflict in which there was a clear winner was that of Intelligence, where British ineptitude was painfully exposed by the organisational genius of Michael Collins. This judgement is challenged by the recent release of two confidential self-assessments prepared for the army and the police in 1922. Through many setbacks and inefficiencies, the police report indicates a marked improvement in operations superintended by that 'wicked little white snake', Sir Ormonde de l'Epee Winter (1875-1962). His report, though self-serving and flawed, provides a uniquely detailed and personal account of Intelligence from the inside. The editor's introduction assesses the purpose, reliability and significance of these reports. Their publication is a significant contribution to the study of Irish revolutionary history.

The I.R.A. and its Enemies Violence and Community in Cork, 1916-1923

The I.R.A. and its Enemies Violence and Community in Cork, 1916-1923

Author: Peter Hart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/1999

What is it like to be in the I.R.A. - or at their mercy? This fascinating study explores the lives and deaths of the enemies and victims of the County Cork I.R.A. between 1916 and 1923 - the most powerful and deadly branch of the I.R.A. during one of the most turbulent periods in twentieth-century Ireland. These years saw the breakdown of the British legal system and police authority, the rise of republican violence, and the escalation of the conflict into a full-scale guerilla war, leading to a wave of riots, ambushes, lootings, and reprisal killings, with civilians forming the majority of victims in this unacknowledged civil war. Religion may have provided the starting point for the conflict, but class prejudice, patriotism, and personal grudges all fuelled the development and continuation of widespread violence. Using an unprecedented range of sources - many of them only recently made public - Peter Hart explores the motivation behind such activity. His conclusions not only reveal a hidden episode of Ireland's troubled past but provide valuable insights into the operation of similar terrorist groups today.

The I.R.A. and its Enemies Violence and Community in Cork, 1916-1923

The I.R.A. and its Enemies Violence and Community in Cork, 1916-1923

Author: Peter Hart Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/1998

What is it like to be in the I.R.A. - or at their mercy? This fascinating study explores the lives and deaths of the enemies and victims of the County Cork I.R.A. between 1916 and 1923 - the most powerful and deadly branch of the I.R.A. during one of the most turbulent periods in twentieth-century Ireland. These years saw the breakdown of the British legal system and police authority, the rise of republican violence, and the escalation of the conflict into a full-scale guerilla war, leading to a wave of riots, ambushes, lootings, and reprisal killings, with civilians forming the majority of victims in this unacknowledged civil war. Religion may have provided the starting point for the conflict, but class prejudice, patriotism, and personal grudges all fuelled the development and continuation of widespread violence. Using an unprecedented range of sources - many of them only recently made public - Peter Hart explores the motivation behind such activity. His conclusions not only reveal a hidden episode of Ireland's troubled past but provide valuable insights into the operation of similar terrorist groups today.

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