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 The Grand Fleet 1914-19: The Royal Navy in the First World War
The Grand Fleet 1914-19: The Royal Navy in the First World War
Author: Daniel George Ridley-Kitts
The Grand Fleet 1914-19: The Royal Navy in the First World War
The History Press
2014
Format: EPUB
Pages: 288
Size: 4 Mb
Language: English

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 The Germans at Beaumont Hamel (Battleground Europe)
The Germans at Beaumont Hamel (Battleground Europe)
Author: Jack Sheldon
The Germans at Beaumont Hamel
Pen and Sword Military
Battleground Europe
2006
Format: EPUB
Pages: 160
Size: 6 Mb
Language: English

Beaumont Hamel is a name which conjures up appalling visions of the catastrophic reverse suffered by men of VIII Corps, British Fourth Army on 1st July 1916, when thousands of men were killed and wounded for no gains whatsoever. Ninety years on, the events of that day still exert a powerful fascination for those interested in the great trench battles. This book, which covers the Old Front Line from Redan Ridge to the Ancre, describes how the defence of the area became so strong, the reasons for German early success during the battle and explains how the British defeat of July was transformed into victory, when the fall of Beaumont Hamel marked the final flicker of success, before the battle was mired to a standstill in the mud.

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 Europe's Last Summer. Who Started the Great War in 1914?
Europe's Last Summer. Who Started the Great War in 1914?
Author: Fromkin David
Europe's Last Summer. Who Started the Great War in 1914?
New York: Random House, Alfred A Knopf Division
2004
Pages: 350
Format: pdf
Size: 106 mb
Language: English

Author David Fromkin provides an intelligently written and deeply researched of the political situation and diplomatic relations that unfolded in Europe in the summer of 1914. There are many key and novel insights in Fromkin’s book. One is the conclusion that Germany sought war with Russia out of fear that Russia’s growing economic and military power coupled with its vast population would allow it to surpass Germany in a short period of time. Fromkin shows how German generals, seeing war as inevitable, manipulated events to precipitate a conflict waged on their own terms. Moving deftly between diplomats, generals, and rulers across Europe, he makes the complex diplomatic negotiations accessible and immediate. Examining the actions of individuals amid larger historical forces, this is a gripping historical narrative and a dramatic reassessment of a key moment in the twentieth-century.

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 The Fighters: The Men and Machines of the First Air War
The Fighters: The Men and Machines of the First Air War
Author: Thomas R Funderburk
The Fighters: The Men and Machines of the First Air War
Grosset & Dunlap Publishers
1965
Format: PDF
Pages: 224
Language: English
Size: 26 MB

Here is the story of the epic days when men first spread their wings in war, with authentic eyewitness accounts from American, British, French, German, and Canadian fliers. Here you will find superb descriptions of the tactics, combats, triumphs, and tragedies of fighter aviation from its earliest days of improvisation to the final massed formations in the air.

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 The Trenches: Fighting on the Western Front in World War I
The Trenches: Fighting on the Western Front in World War I
Author: Dorothy Hoobler
The Trenches: Fighting on the Western Front in World War I
G.P. Putnam's Sons
1978
Format: PDF
Pages: 196
Language: English
Size: 22.3 MB

Describes the combat experiences of English, French and German soldiers on the Western Front during the Great War. Photographs that include many never before published accompany a realistic account of the nightmare of life and death in the trenches of the Western Front during the First World War.

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 Camouflage: The History of Concealment & Deception in War
Camouflage: The History of Concealment & Deception in War
Author: Guy Hartcup
Camouflage: The History of Concealment & Deception in War
Charles Scribner's Sons
1980
Format: PDF
Pages: 166
Language: English
Size: 18.3 MB

While concealment has been a vital requirement for hunting, fighting and protection since earliest days, the use of camouflage as deception purposes came of age in the First World War. The growing use of aircraft was a factor no doubt as the author of this fascinating study concludes. The inventiveness and improvisation required suited the British temperament well. Given that those individuals who particularly excel at creativity are often artists, scientist and engineers with a fine disregard for orthodox military practice there are plenty of examples of clashes with more conventional military thinkers and bureaucracy.

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 Tommy's War: The Western Front in Soldiers' Words and Photographs
Tommy's War: The Western Front in Soldiers' Words and Photographs
Author: Richard Van Emden
Tommy's War: The Western Front in Soldiers' Words and Photographs
London Bloomsbury
ISBN: 1408844362
2014
Format: EPUB
Pages: 375
Size: 38 Mb
Language: English

For the first time ever the soldiers' experiences of the First World War are recorded in their own words and pictures. Shortly after images of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914 found their way into national newspapers in Britain, the military authorities banned the private use of cameras on the Western Front. A considerable number of soldiers continued to use them illicitly to record life and death in the front line trenches. Including over 250 personal and unpublished photographs, this large-format book gives a new perspective on the war that was not captured by the official photographers who traversed the Western Front.

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 German Assault Troops of the First World War: Stosstrupptaktik - The First Stormtroopers
German Assault Troops of the First World War: Stosstrupptaktik - The First Stormtroopers
Author: Stephen Bull
German Assault Troops of the First World War: Stosstrupptaktik - The First Stormtroopers
The History Press
2014
Format: EPUB
Pages: 192
Size: 3 Mb

To many it would later seem as if the rule book of war had been torn up and thrown away. World War I is usually characterized as a static war of attrition, but by its end a new doctrine of fire and movement emerged, with the squad as the key tactical unit, marking a fundamental shift in methods of warfare. As late as March 1918, assault detachments used these tactics to destroy the British 5th Army and take 50,000 prisoners. Stephen Bull traces the development of German storm tactics in the context of trench warfare waged with new technology: vastly improved machine-guns, super-heavy artillery, flamethrowers, and gas. The legend of German stormtroops has proved powerful and enduring. They were central to Blitzkrieg, and Hitler styled them as elite soldiers—living examples of Nietzschean supermen. As demonstrated here, these tactics did not appear out of nowhere.

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 The First World War: The War to End All Wars
The First World War: The War to End All Wars
Author: Geoffrey Jukes
The First World War: The War to End All Wars
Osprey Publishing
Osprey General Military
ISBN: 1782002804
2013
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 364
Size: 18 Mb
Language: English

Raging for over four years across the tortured landscapes of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the First World War changed the face of warfare forever. Characterised by slow, costly advances and fierce attrition, the great battles of the Somme, Verdun and Ypres incurred human loss on a scale never previously imagined. This book, with a foreword by Professor Hew Strachan, covers the fighting on all fronts, from Flanders to Tannenberg and from Italy to Palestine. A series of moving extracts from personal letters, diaries and journals bring to life the experiences of soldiers and civilians caught up in the war.

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 The Unfinished Peace after World War I: America, Britain and the Stabilisation of Europe, 1919-1932
The Unfinished Peace after World War I: America, Britain and the Stabilisation of Europe, 1919-1932
Author: Patrick O. Cohrs
The Unfinished Peace after World War I: America, Britain and the Stabilisation of Europe, 1919-1932
The Cambridge University Press
2006
ISBN: 0521853532
Format: PDF
Size: 5,6 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 708
This is a highly original and revisionist analysis of British and American efforts to forge a stable Euro-Atlantic peace order between 1919 and the rise of Hitler. Patrick Cohrs argues that this order was not founded at Versailles but rather through the first 'real' peace settlements after World War I - the London reparations settlement of 1924 and the Locarno security pact of 1925. Crucially, both fostered Germany's integration into a fledgling transatlantic peace system, thus laying the only realistic foundations for European stability. What proved decisive was that key decision-makers drew lessons from the 'Great War' and Versailles' shortcomings. Yet Cohrs also re-appraises why they could not sustain the new order, master its gravest crisis - the Great Depression - and prevent Nazism's onslaught. Despite this ultimate failure, he concludes that the 'unfinished peace' of the 1920s prefigured the terms on which a more durable peace could be founded after 1945.

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 Combat Tanks
Combat Tanks
Author: George B. Jarrett
Combat Tanks
Meredith Press
1969
Format: PDF
Pages: 102
Language: English
Size: 70.4 MB

Since World War I, tanks have been a crucial weapon of modern warfare . The great tanks - and the great tank battles - have made modern history. This is a picture history of the military tank - one of the most extraordinary military vehicles ever built. Here are rare photographs - taken from private files that were built up over a period of forty years - of every major tank the world's military powers have used since Britain's first experimental, "Little Willie." Many are action shots, actually taken in battle by one of the authors. Others are official photos of captured enemy tanks from four wars.

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 From Imperial Splendour to Internment: The German Navy in the First World War
From Imperial Splendour to Internment: The German Navy in the First World War
Author: Nicolas Wolz
From Imperial Splendour to Internment: The German Navy in the First World War
Seaforth Publishing
ISBN: 1848322283
2015
Format: EPUB + PDF (conv)
Size: 4,8 МБ + 11,0 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 320

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 The Defence of the Dardanelles - From Bombards to Battleships
The Defence of the Dardanelles - From Bombards to Battleships
Author: Michael Forrest
The Defence of the Dardanelles - From Bombards to Battleships
Pen & Sword
2013
Format: ePub (e-book)
Pages: 204
Language: English
Size: 6.8 MB

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 Battleships: The First Big Guns
Battleships: The First Big Guns
Author: Philip Kaplan
Battleships: The First Big Guns: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
Pen and Sword
Images of War
ISBN: 1783462930
2014
Format: EPUB
Pages: 144
Size: 6 Mb
Language: English

This new addition to the Images of War series takes as its focus the early Big Gun battleships that saw development and deployment during the First World War. Iconic ships such as HMS Warspite and Malaya feature amidst this pictorial history that is sure to appeal to fans of the series, and naval enthusiasts in particular.

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 Battlefield Medicine: A History of the Military Ambulance from the Napoleonic Wars Through World War I
Battlefield Medicine: A History of the Military Ambulance from the Napoleonic Wars Through World War I
Author: John S. Haller Jr.
Battlefield Medicine: A History of the Military Ambulance from the Napoleonic Wars Through World War I
outhern Illinois University Press
2011
Pages: 288
Format:pdf
Language : English
Size: 10mb

In this first history of the military ambulance, historian John S. Haller Jr. documents the development of medical technologies for treating and transporting wounded soldiers on the battlefield. Noting that the word ambulance has been used to refer to both a mobile medical support system and a mode of transport, Haller takes readers back to the origins of the modern ambulance, covering their evolution in depth from the late eighteenth century through World War I.

The rising nationalism, economic and imperial competition, and military alliances and arms races of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries figure prominently in this history of the military ambulance, which focuses mainly on British and American technological advancements. Beginning with changes introduced by Dominique-Jean Larrey during the Napoleonic Wars, the book traces the organizational and technological challenges faced by opposing armies in the Crimean War, the American Civil War, the Franco-Prussian War, and the Philippines Insurrection, then climaxes with the trench warfare that defined World War I. The operative word is "challenges" of medical care and evacuation because while some things learned in a conflict are carried into the next, too often, the spasms of war force its participants to repeat the errors of the past before acquiring much needed insight.

More than a history of medical evacuation systems and vehicles, this exhaustively researched and richly illustrated volume tells a fascinating story, giving readers a unique perspective of the changing nature of warfare in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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 Our Darkest Day
Our Darkest Day
Author: Patrick Lindsay
Our Darkest Day
Hardie Grant Books
2011
Format: PDF
Pages: 286
Language: English
Size: 37 MB

On July 19, 1916, in the northern French village of Fromelles, Australia suffered its worst-ever military defeat when a British officer ordered 15,000 of our best and bravest to go 'over the top' and attack the German lines. Eight hours later, more than 5,500 Diggers lay dead or wounded: the equivalent of all Australian casualties from the Boer, Korean, and Vietnam wars combined. The phenomenon of Fromelles has captured the hearts of Australians all over the country. The story of Australia's worst military disaster and the resulting international campaign to reclaim the lost soldiers of the Battle of Fromelles sparked national and international headlines, a military investigation and an archaeological dig to find the resting place of these missing soldiers. Lambis Engelzekios's tireless investigation and Patrick Lindsay's sensational resulting book Fromelles was the catalyst for much of this action. Fromelles has sold over 30,000 copies since publication, and now Hardie Grant presents the perfect version for fans of military history. An abridged version covering the battle itself, Our Darkest Day will intrigue military history fans who are keen to learn about this most infamous wartime battle.

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 British Intelligence in the Second World War vol.1
British Intelligence in the Second World War vol.1
Author: F. H. Hinsley
British Intelligence in the Second World War vol.1
Her Majesty's Stationery Office
1979
Format: PDF
Pages: 622
Language: English
Size: 91.8 MB

British Intelligence in the Second World War provides the only reliable account yet published of the key role played by British Intelligence in Allied strategy and operations in the Second World War. No such account could have been written without the unrestricted access that was afforded to Professor Hinsley and his colleagues to the full range of British government intelligence records and to political and military archives of the war and the interwar years. This volume, an abridgement of Professor Hinsley's widely acclaimed five-volume history of British Intelligence, covers in fascinating detail the use of intelligence in all aspects of the war in Europe.

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 The German Army on the Western Front 1917-1918 (Images of War)
The German Army on the Western Front 1917-1918 (Images of War)
Author: David Bilton
The German Army on the Western Front 1917-1918 (Images of War)
Pen and Sword
2007
Format: EPUB
Pages: 176
Size: 73 Mb

This highly illustrated book covers the German retreat from the Somme, through the defensive battles of 1917, the Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser's Battle) of early 1918, to the final Allied offensive from August to the end of the War. The post-Armistice events are also covered as the implications of defeat sunk in on an exhausted nation and its shattered army.

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 Flying Aces of World War I
Flying Aces of World War I
Author: Gene Gurney
Flying Aces of World War I
Scholastic Book Services
1965
Format: PDF
Pages: 196
Language: English
Size: 13.2 MB

Brave pilots fight air duels in the skies over Europe. In their open cockpit planes the Flying Aces of England, France, the United States, and Belgium engage in mortal combat against Manfred von Richthofen, Germany's famous "Red Baron," and his squadron of fighter planes. These exploits of the great Flying Aces of World War I will live as long as stories of high courage are told.

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