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First World War books

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Violence and the German Soldier in the Great War Killing, Dying, Surviving by Benjamin Ziemann Violence and the German Soldier in the Great War Killing, Dying, Surviving

Winner of the Geisteswissenschaften International Translation Prize for Work in the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2015 During the Great War, mass killing took place on an unprecedented scale. Violence and the German Soldier in the Great War explores the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

The Sea Devil The Adventures of Count Felix von Luckner, the Last Raider under Sail by Sam Jefferson The Sea Devil The Adventures of Count Felix von Luckner, the Last Raider under Sail

In 1916, a three-masted windjammer bearing Norwegian colours sailed out of a quiet anchorage in Germany, loaded with cargo and apparently bound for Australia. Her true mission was quite different. The ship was, in fact, the SMS Seeadler, commanded by...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/09/2017

The Splintered Empires The Eastern Front 1917-21 by Prit Buttar The Splintered Empires The Eastern Front 1917-21

At the beginning of 1917, the three empires fighting on the Eastern Front were reaching their breaking points, but none was closer than Russia. After the February Revolution, Russia's ability to wage war faltered and her last desperate gamble, the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/09/2017

Reluctant Warriors Canadian Conscripts and the Great War by Patrick Dennis Reluctant Warriors Canadian Conscripts and the Great War

The first in-depth examination of Canadian conscripts in the final battles of the Great War, Reluctant Warriors provides fresh evidence that conscripts were good soldiers who fought valiantly and made a crucial contribution to the success of the Canadian Corps...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2017

Passchendaele The Day-by-Day Account by Chris McCarthy Passchendaele The Day-by-Day Account

Published to coincide with the centenary of the opening of Third Ypres (The Battle of Passchendaele) With a new introduction by Professor Peter John Simkins MBE, FRHistS
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

The Marne The Story of a Battle That Saved Paris and Marked a Turning Point of World War I by Georges Blond The Marne The Story of a Battle That Saved Paris and Marked a Turning Point of World War I


Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

Yesterday There Was Glory With the 4th Division, A.E.F., in World War I by Gerald Andrew Howell Yesterday There Was Glory With the 4th Division, A.E.F., in World War I

In 1946, World War I veteran Gerald Howell finished a memoir of the experiences of his squad from the 39th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, but never published it. Jeffrey Patrick discovered the memoir and has edited it for publication, providing...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2017

Marked for Death The First War in the Air by James Hamilton-Paterson Marked for Death The First War in the Air


Format: Paperback - Released: 12/09/2017

The First World War in 100 Objects by Professor Gary Sheffield The First World War in 100 Objects

The First World War was one of the seminal events in world history. The First World War in 100 Objects offers a unique perspective on the world's first truly global conflict.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

Lossberg's War The World War I Memoirs of a German Chief of Staff by Fritz Von Lossberg, Holger H. Herwig Lossberg's War The World War I Memoirs of a German Chief of Staff
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General Fritz von Lossberg (1868 - 1942) directed virtually all the major German defensive battles on the Western Front during the First World War. Hailed as the Lion of the Defensive, he was an extremely influential military tactician and, unlike...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2017

Both Sides of the Wire - Disaster at Dawn Somme 1916: Preliminaries and First Moves by Nigel Cave, Jack Sheldon Both Sides of the Wire - Disaster at Dawn Somme 1916: Preliminaries and First Moves
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Both Sides of the Wire is the first in a new series of battlefield guides that looks at the fighting on the Western Front
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

Saving Lives Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Campaign for Body Armour, 1914-18 by Philip Abbott Saving Lives Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Campaign for Body Armour, 1914-18

Inspired by a collection of letters received by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle during the First World War, Philip Abbott explores the inspirational campaign to provide body armour to British soldiers serving in the trenches.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

In Flanders Fields The 1917 Campaign by Leon Wolff In Flanders Fields The 1917 Campaign

A First World War classic, detailed in its history, evocative of the period and the context, Wolff 's study of the 1917 campaign contains expert narrative in the strategy and tactics of the Battle of Third Ypres.
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/08/2017

Victoria Crosses on the Western Front - Third Ypres 1917 31st July 1917 to 6th November 1917 by Paul Oldfield Victoria Crosses on the Western Front - Third Ypres 1917 31st July 1917 to 6th November 1917

The fifth in a series of nine compelling books covering every VC on the Western Front.
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/08/2017

Welsh at War From Mons to Loos and the Gallipoli Tragedy by Steven John Welsh at War From Mons to Loos and the Gallipoli Tragedy

Little-known yet fascinating tales of notable and notorious Welshmen during the war.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/08/2017

Coming Soon

Other Side of the Wire With the XIV Reserve Corps: The Period of Transition 2 July 1916-August 1917 by Ralph Whitehead Other Side of the Wire With the XIV Reserve Corps: The Period of Transition 2 July 1916-August 1917

Volume 3 carries the story of the XIV Reserve Corps through the momentous Battle of the Somme and into 1917, a period of transition for the German Army. The old tactics and strategy of trench warfare would undergo great changes...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017

The Lost Idol The Life and Death of a Young Officer: Esmond Elliot 1895 - 1917 by Lord Astor of Hever The Lost Idol The Life and Death of a Young Officer: Esmond Elliot 1895 - 1917

Original, unpublished diaries, letters and photographs, spanning a decade, reconstruct the life of Esmond Elliot, an officer in the prestigious Scots Guards.
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017

The Battle of the Selle Fourth Army Operations on the Western Front in the Hundred Days, 9-24 October 1918 by Mr Peter Hodgkinson The Battle of the Selle Fourth Army Operations on the Western Front in the Hundred Days, 9-24 October 1918

This book considers Fourth Army's operations at the River Selle between 9-24 October 1918.
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017

Jack and Hopit, Comrades in Arms An Officer of the 9th Lancers in the Great War and His War Horse by Serena Merton Jack and Hopit, Comrades in Arms An Officer of the 9th Lancers in the Great War and His War Horse

Second Lieutenant Colvin and his charger, Hopit, spent four arduous years together under the most challenging conditions imaginable. This is their story...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/09/2017

What Did You Do in the Great War, Grandfather? The Life and Times of an Edwardian Horse Artillery Officer by Charles Barrington What Did You Do in the Great War, Grandfather? The Life and Times of an Edwardian Horse Artillery Officer

Drawing on archival records, and illustrated with unique family photographs, this is a grandson's search for his Grandfather's role in the Great War.
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/09/2017

Nieuwpoort Sector 1917 The Battle of the Dunes by Kristof Jacobs Nieuwpoort Sector 1917 The Battle of the Dunes

The mainly forgotten story of the British and Australian tunnellers and their work on the Belgian Coast during the Great War.
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2017

Gallipoli by Robert Rhodes James Gallipoli

Gallipoli stands the test of time, bringing vividly to life the conditions and circumstances of a campaign which has never ceased to enthral the imagination.
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2017

Arms and Armour of the First World War by Jonathan Ferguson, Lisa Traynor, Henry Yallop Arms and Armour of the First World War
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This book offers an extended introduction to the artillery and personal firearms of the Great War, with particular focus on iconic weapons such as the Maxim machine gun. It is a unique insight into the material culture that not only...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/09/2017

The Great War Illustrated 1917 Archive and Colour Photographs of WWI by William Langford The Great War Illustrated 1917 Archive and Colour Photographs of WWI

A unique insight into the Great War 1917 with over 1,000 painstakingly restored images, many of which will be seen for the first time
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

The Royal Army Medical Corps in the Great War by Timothy McCracken The Royal Army Medical Corps in the Great War

The book contributes to wider understanding of the RAMC and medical services in the First World War
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/09/2017

Isle of Sheppey in the Great War by Stephen Wynn Isle of Sheppey in the Great War

Reveals the war effort of this pioneering island on the home front, alongside its remarkable defences and aviation sites.
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/09/2017

Colonial Captivity during the First World War Internment and the Fall of the German Empire, 1914-1919 by Mahon (Kyoto University, Japan) Murphy Colonial Captivity during the First World War Internment and the Fall of the German Empire, 1914-1919
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This new analysis of internment outside Europe helps us to understand the First World War as a truly global conflict.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Photographing the Fallen A War Graves Photographer on the Western Front 1915 1919 by Jeremy Gordon-Smith Photographing the Fallen A War Graves Photographer on the Western Front 1915 1919

Focuses on the pioneering work of a war graves photographer with the Graves Registration Units on the Western Front a little known job during the Great War.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Passchendaele A New History by Nick Lloyd Passchendaele A New History

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER'A timely re-appraisal . . . a masterpiece' General Lord Richard DannattThe Third Battle of Ypres was a 'lost victory' for the British Army in 1917. Between July and November 1917, in a small corner...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

Five Days From Defeat How Britain Nearly Lost the First World War by Walter Reid Five Days From Defeat How Britain Nearly Lost the First World War

A dramatic retelling of the Doullens Conference (28 March 1918), the event which changed the course of the First World War.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Other books in this genre

German Submarine Warfare in World War I The Onset of Total War at Sea by Lawrence Sondhaus German Submarine Warfare in World War I The Onset of Total War at Sea

This compelling book explores Germany's disastrous campaign of unrestricted submarine warfare in WWI, which marked the onset of total war at sea. Sondhaus shows how the undersea campaign, intended as an antidote to Britain's more conventional blockade of German ports,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/08/2017

Russia's Last Gasp The Eastern Front 1916-17 by Prit Buttar Russia's Last Gasp The Eastern Front 1916-17

Despite the increasingly futile, bloody struggles for territory that had characterised the Eastern Front the previous year, the German and Austro-Hungarian commands held high hopes for 1916. After the success of the 1915 Gorlice-Tarnow Offensive, which had driven Russia out...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

Railway Guns of World War I by Greg Heuer, Marc Romanych Railway Guns of World War I
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World War I was the Golden Age of the railway gun. Even though at the start of the conflict none of the armies possessed any railway artillery pieces and the very idea was comparatively new, more railway guns were used...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/08/2017

To Rule the Winds Air War on the Western Front 1914-1918 The Evolution of the British Fighter Force Through Two World Wars by Michael C. Fox To Rule the Winds Air War on the Western Front 1914-1918 The Evolution of the British Fighter Force Through Two World Wars

This second Volume in the To Rule the Winds series deals with the evolution of the Royal Flying Corps through the First World War and its transformation, in 1918, into the Royal Air Force.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/08/2017

Never Retire The 6th Royal Irish Rifles at Gallipoli by Gavin Hughes, David Truesdale Never Retire The 6th Royal Irish Rifles at Gallipoli
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Never Retire is the powerful story of the men who joined the 6th Royal Irish Rifles in August 1914 to fight against Germany and, instead, found themselves fighting the armies of the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli almost exactly a year....
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/08/2017

1918: The Year of Victories by Martin Matrix Evans 1918: The Year of Victories


Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2017

The Tommy of the First World War by Neil R. Storey The Tommy of the First World War

A hundred years have now passed since Britain sent hundreds of thousands of men to fight and to die on the Western Front and elsewhere. This is the perfect introduction to the life and experiences of the ordinary British soldier.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2017

Fromelles and Pozieres In the Trenches of Hell by Peter FitzSimons Fromelles and Pozieres In the Trenches of Hell


Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2017

Disputed Earth Geology and Trench Warfare on the Western Front 1914-18 by Peter Doyle Disputed Earth Geology and Trench Warfare on the Western Front 1914-18

Geology controls the outcome of battle, and no more so than during the trench warfare of the Great War; this new book by expert Peter Doyle, takes us through the details.
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2017

Propaganda, Persuasion and the Great War Heredity in the modern sale of products and political ideas by Pier Paolo (Universite du Quebec en Outaouais, Canada) Pedrini Propaganda, Persuasion and the Great War Heredity in the modern sale of products and political ideas
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How to persuade citizens to enlist? How to convince them to fight in a war which was, for many, distant in terms of kilometres as well as interest? Modern persuasion techniques, both political and commercial, were used to motivate enlistment...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/08/2017

Bullets, Bombs and Poison Gas Supplying the Troops on the Western Front 1914-1918, Documentary Sources by David Rogers Bullets, Bombs and Poison Gas Supplying the Troops on the Western Front 1914-1918, Documentary Sources

Soldiers in the trenches were issued with four bullets a day unless they were either snipers or manned a machine gun. This does not seem like a lot of bullets. However, four bullets a day is 28 per week. Therefore...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017

Wakefield in the Great War by Tim Lynch Wakefield in the Great War

Latest title in the Towns and Cities series covering Wakefield during the Great War.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017

The Christmas Truce Myth, Memory, and the First World War by Terri Blom Crocker, Peter Grant The Christmas Truce Myth, Memory, and the First World War
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In late December 1914, German and British soldiers on the western front initiated a series of impromptu, unofficial ceasefires. Enlisted men across No Man's Land abandoned their trenches and crossed enemy lines to sing carols, share food and cigarettes, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2017

Rats Alley Trench Names of the Western Front, 1914-1918 by Peter Chasseaud Rats Alley Trench Names of the Western Front, 1914-1918

This book makes it possible to comprehend, via the trench naming, the daily life in the trenches, the vast range of weaponry and the lethal nature of the titanic battles
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/08/2017

Voices from the Front An Oral History of the Great War by Peter Hart Voices from the Front An Oral History of the Great War

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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017

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