Category: World War I

  • Download E-books Germans at Thiepval (Battleground Somme) PDF

    By Jack Sheldon

    Ninety years after the conflict of the Somme was once fought, viewers proceed to flock in very huge numbers to the large Memorial to the lacking at Thiepval, web site of a sour three-month fight through the summer season of 1916.

    This publication explains intimately how, from the fall of 1914 onwards, the German defenders became this key function right into a almost impregnable place, from which they have been capable for weeks on finish to repulse each try to trap it. Drawing on unique maps, pictures and private debts of the German defenders, the reader is taken level by way of degree during the battles for the German entrance line among Ovillers and Saint Pierre Divion, throughout the years from September 1914 to September 1916. It explains why the British assaults of 1st July 1916 failed so catastrophically, and culminates with an account of its eventual loss on the finish of September 1916.
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  • Download E-books U122: The Diary of a U-Boat Commander PDF

    The diary (translated into English) of a global battle One U-Boat commander. in addition to being a desirable glimpse of lifestyles at the German U-boats through the excessive submarine blockade, this additionally reminds us there have been people concerned - on either side of the motion - as we learn too of the intimate innovations and excessive love of a guy eager for his sweetheart.
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  • Download E-books Fire and Movement: The British Expeditionary Force and the Campaign of 1914 PDF

    By Peter Hart

    The dramatic commencing weeks of the good struggle handed into legend lengthy earlier than the clash ended. The British Expeditionary strength fought a captivating crusade, outnumbered and outflanked yet brave and skillful, retaining the road opposed to very unlikely odds, sacrificing themselves to prevent the final nice German offensive of 1914. A notable tale of excessive hopes and crushing sadness, the crusade comprises moments of sheer horror and nerve-shattering pleasure; pathos and comedian reduction; occasional cowardice and lots more and plenty selfless courage--all culminating within the climax of the 1st conflict of Ypres.

    And but, as Peter Hart exhibits during this gripping and revisionary examine the war's first yr, for too lengthy the British half within the 1914 campaigns has been veiled in layers of self-congratulatory delusion: a story of terrible unprepared Britain, reliant at the peerless classification of her typical squaddies to strengthen the rabble of the unreliable French military and defeat the teeming hordes of German troops. however the truth of these early months is actually way more complex--and eventually, Hart argues, way more strong than the normal triumphalist narrative.

    Fire and Movement locations the British function in 1914 right into a right ancient context, incorporating the non-public stories of the lads who have been current at the entrance traces. The British regulars have been certainly skillful squaddies, yet as Hart unearths, additionally they lacked perform in lots of of the mandatory disciplines of contemporary conflict, and the inexperience of officials resulted in serious error. Hart additionally offers a extra exact portrait of the German military they faced--not the comic strip of hordes of automatons, however the fact of a well-trained and superlatively built strength that outfought the BEF within the early battles--and permits readers to come back to a whole appreciation of the function of the French military, with no whom the Marne by no means could were won.

    Ultimately hearth and move shows the tale of the 1914 campaigns to be an epic story, and one that wishes no embellishment. in the course of the voices and memories of the warriors who have been there, Hart strips away the parable to supply a clear-eyed account of the extraordinary early days of the good War.
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  • Download E-books Airfields and Airmen of the Channel Coast (Battleground Channel Coast) PDF

    During this newest addition to the Airfields and Airmen sequence, Mike O’Connor describes the dramatic air activities that happened alongside the Belgian and North France beach through the nice War.

    In addition to the Royal battling Corps and RAF element this quantity covers the Royal Naval Air provider (RNAS) and Belgian Air provider (AMB) in addition to the German Naval Air Service.


    "takes a probably mundane topic as airfields and turns it right into a clean realizing of air strive against at the Western Front... newly ready maps are first-class and are augmented by means of a good array of WWI period black and white photographs in addition to contemporary perspectives of airfields and surrounding components famous within the book... suggested hugely "
    Over front, Autumn 2008
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  • Download E-books The Shadows of Total War: Europe, East Asia, and the United States, 1919-1939 (Publications of the German Historical Institute) PDF

    The interval among the 2 international wars of the 20th century was once the most difficult within the historical past of warfare. In anticipation of one other clash, army planners and civilian thinkers struggled after 1918 with the painful implications of worldwide battle I. Given its scope, the wholesale mobilisation of civilian populations and the goals of civilians through blockades and strategic bombing, many observers appeared this monstrous clash as a 'total war'. in addition they concluded that any destiny clash may undergo an identical hallmarks; and so they deliberate hence. The essays during this assortment, the fourth in a sequence at the challenge of overall conflict, learn the inter-war interval. They discover the implications of worldwide struggle I, the highbrow efforts to examine this conflict's army importance, the makes an attempt to plot for one more normal struggle and several other episodes within the Nineteen Thirties that portended the conflict that erupted in 1939.
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  • Download E-books To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 PDF

    By Adam Hochschild

    "This is the type of investigatory historical past Hochschild pulls off like not anyone else . . . Hochschild is a grasp at chronicling how winning cultural opinion is shaped and, much less often, how it really is challenged." — Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air

    World warfare i used to be purported to be the “war to finish all wars.” Over 4 lengthy years, countries all over the world have been sucked into the tempest, and hundreds of thousands of guys died at the battlefields. To today, the conflict stands as one among history’s such a lot mindless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation.

    To finish All Wars specializes in the long-ignored ethical drama of the war’s critics, along its generals and heroes. a lot of those dissenters have been thrown in penal complex for his or her competition to the conflict, from a destiny Nobel Prize winner to an editor in the back of bars who dispensed a clandestine newspaper on rest room paper. those critics have been occasionally in detail attached to their enemy hawks: considered one of Britain’s such a lot admired ladies pacifist campaigners had a brother who used to be commander in leader at the Western entrance. famous sisters cut up so bitterly over the warfare that they ended up publishing newspapers that attacked each one other.

    As Adam Hochschild brings the nice battle to existence as by no means ahead of, he forces us to confront the large questions: Why did such a lot of international locations get so swept up within the violence? Why couldn’t cooler heads be successful? and will we ever stay away from repeating history?

    "Hochschild brings clean drama to the tale and explores it in provocative methods . . . Exemplary in all respects." — Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

    "Superb . . . Brilliantly written and reads like a singular . . . [Hochschild] supplies us another soaking up chronicle of the redeeming strength of protest." — Minneapolis big name Tribune

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  • Download E-books Amiens 1918: The Black Day of the German Army (Campaign) PDF

    By Alistair McCluskey

    Through the spring of 1918 of worldwide warfare I (1914-1918), Germany have been at the offensive at the Western entrance yet had did not holiday the Allies at any aspect. In July they'd been compelled again from the river Marne and have been once more at the protective. The Allies have been now able to raise the strain. The Amiens quarter was once chosen and arrangements have been made in nice secrecy with diversionary task at different issues at the line. 32 divisions have been concerned (twelve French, 8 British, 5 Australian, 4 Canadian and one American) supported by way of over 500 tanks and overwhelming airpower. the 1st day observed an Allied enhance of five miles throughout a 12-mile entrance, with over 27,000 German casualties. development was once then much less fantastic yet by the point the conflict ended on August eleven Germany had misplaced 75,000 males, and suffered a critical blow to morale. Amiens was once extraordinary for its winning software of the hot combined-arms strategies, totally integrating infantry, artillery, armor and airpower on the graduation of the Allies' ultimate, war-winning offensive.

    Published at the ninetieth anniversary of the conflict, this publication units the strategic scene and obviously describes the combating, highlighting the importance of the newly built equipment of struggle and detailing the troop activities that caused the leap forward and swift develop that was once achieved.

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  • Download E-books Hell in the Holy Land: World War 1 in the Middle East PDF

    By David R. Woodward

    Within the sleek well known mind's eye, the British Army's crusade within the center East in the course of international warfare I is taken into account in some way much less brutal than the scuffling with on ecu battlefields. A romantic view of this clash has been extra inspired by means of such movies as Lawrence of Arabia and the sunshine Horsemen. In Hell within the Holy Land, David R. Woodward makes use of photograph eyewitness debts from the diaries, letters, and memoirs of British infantrymen who fought in that warfare to explain in rigorous aspect the true event of the battling and loss of life in Egypt and Palestine. the big move of troops and kit to Egypt finally made that nation host to the biggest British army base open air of england and France. even though many squaddies stumbled on the ambience in Cairo unique, the wasteland nation-state made the basics of scuffling with and troop upkeep tremendous tricky. the serious warmth usually sickened squaddies, and unruly camels have been the one sensible technique of shipping around the gentle sands of the Sinai. The consistent scarcity of potable water was once a chronic challenge for the troops; one soldier recalled, "It is most unlikely to gain the intensity a guy will sink to exercise to soothe the poor horror of thirst." The voices of those British squaddies supply a forgotten point of view of the nice struggle, describing not just the actual and mental toll of wrestle however the day-by-day struggles of infantrymen who have been stationed in an surprising surroundings that regularly proved simply as hostile because the enemy. A soldier of the Dorset Yeomanry, stationed in Egypt, wrote: "There are 3 sounds in Egypt which by no means cease―the creaking of the waterwheels, the music of the frogs, and the thrill of flies. . . . Letter writing is an impossibility within the night, for once the solar is going down, if a lamp is lighted, the air all around is thick with little gray sand-flies which chunk disgustingly." utilizing archival documents, many from the Imperial warfare Museum in London, England, Woodward paints a shiny photograph of the mayhem, terror, boredom, dust, and sacrifice that marked the way of life of British infantrymen within the heart East. In telling the tale of those squaddies, Woodward offers a private background of a crusade that laid the basis for the continued turmoil within the center East.
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  • Download E-books The Battles of the British Expeditionary Forces, 1914-1915: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography (Bibliographies of Battles & Leaders) PDF

    In this invaluable source, over 1,000 annotated resources from nice Britain, France, and Germany supply a historiographical reference for examine of the British military first and foremost and within the first battles of worldwide conflict I. specific to this bibliography is the great assurance of resources, leading to a extra whole photograph of the situations of actions of the British Expeditionary strength (BEF). resources comprise assurance of the BEF's army function, in addition to historical past information regarding family army concerns and Allied and enemy efforts. This quantity will aid researchers and scholars of their efforts to determine what the Expeditionary Force's contributions have been in international battle I, and for increasing their wisdom of the good struggle and British army history.

    In this invaluable source, over 1,000 annotated resources from nice Britain, France, and Germany supply a historiographical reference for learn of the British military firstly and within the first battles of global conflict I. particular to this bibliography is the great assurance of assets, and it ends up in a extra entire photo of the conditions of actions of the British Expeditionary strength (BEF). resources contain assurance of the BEF's army function, in addition to history information regarding household army concerns and Allied and enemy efforts. This quantity will help researchers and scholars of their efforts to determine what the Expeditionary Force's contributions have been in international battle I, and for increasing their wisdom of the nice warfare and British army history.

    The quantity contains 4 chapters of historiographical essays discussings the interpretations and controversies that encompass the functionality and management of the BEF in 1914-1915. The essays direct readers to the foremost resources that help numerous principles and point out gaps within the historiography of the topic. Following the historiographical essays is an annotated bibliography of greater than 1,000 assets which are proper to the research of the BEF.

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  • Download E-books World War I Gas Warfare Tactics and Equipment (Elite) PDF

    By Simon Jones, Richard Hook

    Osprey's research of gasoline battle strategies that have been hired in the course of international struggle I (1914-1918). Battlefield fuel was once first hired in April 1915 on the village of Langemarck close to Ypres. At 1700 hours the Germans published a 5 mile-wide cloud of 168 a whole lot chlorine gasoline from 520 cylinders, inflicting panic and demise within the French and Algerian trenches. regardless of preliminary common condemnation and disgust, its use speedily unfold with all of the armies stepping into the race to provide gases, new how one can use them, and protecting measures together with mask and caution systems.

    For the 1st time intimately, this publication charts the improvement of gasoline as a battlefield weapon and the stairs taken to counter it. supply tools, together with using artillery, the implications of fixing wind course, and infantry advancing into a space simply gassed, are all coated along key milestones in its creation and usage.

    With an plentiful array of paintings and pictures illustrating the fuel mask, insignia, and protecting garments of the protagonists, this booklet conveys the horror of the gasoline assault and divulges the sensible demanding situations for infantrymen suffering to deal with this new type of warfare.

    Conveying the truth in the back of the enduring Sargent portray of a column of blindfolded fuel casualties, it's a interesting survey of 1 of the darkest points of twentieth century warfare.

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