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 A Doctor in the Great War: Unseen Photographs of Life in the Trenches
A Doctor in the Great War: Unseen Photographs of Life in the Trenches
Author: Andrew Davidson
A Doctor in the Great War: Unseen Photographs of Life in the Trenches
Atria Books/Marble Arch Press
ISBN: 1476777551
2014
Format: EPUB
Size: 36,7 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 320
Featuring 250 previously unknown photographs, this is the extraordinary true story of a young doctor whose photos left behind an astonishing firsthand account of life at the front of World War I.
As a twenty-five-year-old medical officer and one of the first doctors to win the Military Cross, Fred Davidson took countless photographs while he served in the trenches from 1914-1915. Though he took them illegally, more than 250 of the photographs shot by Davidson and his fellow officers survived and are now shared for the first time in this harrowing, eye-catching, and poignant narrative of the Great War.
In A Doctor in the Great War, author Andrew Davidson—the grandson of Fred—depicts the everyday lives of soldiers, both on and off duty: from the parade ground at Glasgow’s Maryhill to the brothels of Armentieres, from the band of brothers who dubbed themselves “Old Contemptibles” to the original folding Kodak and Ansco cameras they used. It is the story of the 1st Cameronians, who achieved notoriety for selling the Great War’s earliest front line photographs. And it is a deeply personal account of the pictures that have been passed down for three generations, describing the men who fought with Fred Davidson, the conditions they served in, the battles they saw, and the horrors they endured.
A must-have for history and photography enthusiasts alike, this glimpse of the War to End All Wars is an unusually intimate portrait that will engulf you in the lives of soldiers and leave you humbled and amazed.

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 Collision of Empires: The War on the Eastern Front in 1914
Collision of Empires: The War on the Eastern Front in 1914
Collision of Empires: The War on the Eastern Front in 1914
Author: Prit Buttar
Osprey Publishing
Osprey General Military
ISBN: 978 1782006480
2014
Language: English
Pages: 473
Format: PDF
Size: 6,3 MB

Although the myriad of alliances and suspicions that existed between the Russian, German, and Austro-Hungarian empires in the early 20th century proved to be one of the primary triggers for the outbreak of the First World War, much of the actual fighting between these three nations has been largely forgotten in the West. Whilst battles such as Ypres, the Somme, and Passchendaele have been inscribed deeply on the public consciousness, with the exception of perhaps Tannenberg, the conflicts in the East do not hold the same recognition.

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 Early Aircraft Armament. The Aeroplane and the Gun up to 1918
Early Aircraft Armament. The Aeroplane and the Gun up to 1918
Author: Harry Woodman
Early Aircraft Armament. The Aeroplane and the Gun up to 1918
Smithsonian Institution Press
1989
Format: PDF
Pages: 260
Language: English
Size: 35 MB

A true history of early aircraft armament would cover all the minor diversions and descriptions of experimental work. However, the purpose of this book is to concentrate on equipment which was in general use, and although the term 'armament' covers all kinds of weaponry, including bombs, rockets and torpedoes, it is the gun and the artifacts connected with it which form the subject of this work. The story of aircraft armament up to 1918 is more complicated then might be imagined. This was a period of improvisation on a large scale and on experimental (and sometimes desperate) measures taken to meet everchanging circumstances. Within the limitations of this work it is only possible to cover that which was in operational use as indicated by documentation and photographic evidence.

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 The World War I Tommy
The World War I Tommy
Author: Martin Windrow
The World War I Tommy (The Soldier Through the Ages)
Franklin Watts
1986
Format: PDF
Pages: 38
Language: English
Size: 63.7 MB

World War I begins with a simplified version of how the war began in Europe, while World War II begins with the entry of the United States into the conflict. The terms Tommy and GI are defined in the respective volumes. The life of the soldier and military equipment are the main topics of the text. Specific battles are not discussed. Contain full-color illustrations on every page, and the dark shades give the books a somber appearance. Many of the illustrations have detailed captions that add a great deal to the text, with a glossary and a brief time-chart.

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 The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War
The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War
Author:Hew Strachan
The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War
2014
Oxford University Press; New edition
Format:pdf
Size:66,3 MB
Pages:400
Language:English

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 Invasion 1914: The Schlieffen Plan to the Battle of the Marne
Invasion 1914: The Schlieffen Plan to the Battle of the Marne
Invasion 1914: The Schlieffen Plan to the Battle of the Marne
Author: Ian Senior
Osprey Publishing
Osprey General Military
ISBN: 978 1472803351
2014
Language: English
Pages: 456
Format: PDF (e-book)
Size: 5,6 MB

For a century, accounts of the German invasion of France and the opening year of the First World War have been dominated by histories of British troops and their experience in battle, despite the fact that the British Expeditionary Force comprised just four divisions, while the French and Germans fielded 60 each. Published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, Invasion 1914 examines how the German invasion of France and Belgium came agonizingly close to defeating the French armies, capturing Paris and ending the First World War before the end of the year. Ian Senior reveals how the initial German strategy revolved around, and in part depended on, rapid victory over the French, and how the failure to achieve this resulted in the surprisingly fluid battles of the early days of the war deteriorating into the trench-based warfare which was to see the war drag on for another four years of unprecedented slaughter. Weaving together strategic analysis, diary entries, eyewitness accounts and interview transcripts from soldiers on the ground with consummate skill, this narrative is a timely investigation into the dramatic early months of the war, as the fate of Europe hung in the balance.

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 World War I: A History
World War I: A History
Author: Hew Strachan
World War I: A History
Oxford University Press
1998
Format: PDF
Pages: 392
Language: English
Size: 56 MB

The war that shaped the history of the twentieth century. A compelling new history of World War I by an international team of experts. Extensively illustrated to display the war in every aspect, from its causes to its consequences, and the potent legacy which still touches us today.

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 The Battle of Neuve Chapelle
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle
Author: Geoff Bridger
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle
Pen and Sword
Battleground Europe
1998
Format: EPUB
Pages: 144
Size: 7 Mb
Language: English

Neuve Chapelle a lost battlefield is now opened up for the explorer to learn more about the actions that took place there. In Early 1915, the British decided to take the offensive for the first time in the war against German positions in Northern France. The initial objective was a bulge, about one mile across, in their lines at Neuve. Events which took place here early in 1915 are described in detail and show why this almost forgotten battle set the course of the war.

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 Airfields and Airmen of the Channel Coast (Battleground Europe)
Airfields and Airmen of the Channel Coast (Battleground Europe)
Author: Mike O'Connor
Airfields and Airmen of the Channel Coast
Pen and Sword Military
Battleground Europe
2005
Format: EPUB
Pages: 192
Size: 5 Mb
Language: English

In this latest addition to the Airfields and Airmen Series, Mike O'Connor describes the dramatic air actions that took place along the Belgian and North France coastline during The Great War.In addition to the Royal Fighting Corps and RAF aspect this volume covers the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) and Belgian Air Service (AMB) as well as the German Naval Air Service.

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 Pillars of Fire: The Battle of Messines Ridge June 1917
Pillars of Fire: The Battle of Messines Ridge June 1917
Author: Ian Passingham
Pillars of Fire: The Battle of Messines Ridge June 1917
The History Press
2012
Format: EPUB
Pages: 256
Size: 12 Mb
Language: English

Gentleman, we may not make history tomorrow, but we shall certainly change the geography," so said General Plumer the day before 600 tons of explosives were detonated under the German position on Messines Ridge. The explosion was heard by Lloyd George in Downing Street and as far away as Dublin. Until 1918, Messines was the only clear cut Allied victory on the Western Front, coming at a time when Britain and her allies needed it most: boosting Allied morale and shattering that of the Germans. Precisely orchestrated, Messines was the first true all-arms modern battle which brought together artillery, engineers, infantry, tanks, aircraft and administrative units from a commonwealth of nations to defeat the common enemy.

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 Bomber Parade: Headliners in Bomber Plane History
Bomber Parade: Headliners in Bomber Plane History
Author: C. B. Colby
Bomber Parade: Headliners in Bomber Plane History
Coward-McCann,Inc.
1960
Format: PDF
Pages: 54
Language: English
Size: 22.7 MB

A review of bombers from World War I models to the planes of tomorrow, with pictures and easy-to-read text.

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 Anzac: The Landing
Anzac: The Landing
Author: Stephen Chambers
Anzac: The Landing
Pen and Sword
Battleground Europe
2008
Format: EPUB
Pages: 208
Size: 27 Mb
Language: English

The Anzac legend was born on the shores of Gallipoli during the historic morning of 25th April 1915. Landing on a hostile beach, under the cover of darkness, the Anzacs moved inland rapidly, but the response of the Ottoman forces was equally quick. The outcome of the campaign was arguably sealed during the first day, when the door for an Anzac victory was closed.

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 Courcelette (Battleground Europe)
Courcelette (Battleground Europe)
Author: Paul Reed
Courcelette (Battleground Europe)
Pen and Sword Military
1998
Format: EPUB
Pages: 160
Size: 6 Mb
Language: English

The World War I engagement in which the tank was first used in warfare gets the full Battleground Europe treatment, with two dozen maps, diagrams, and scores of photographs showing this historic area both then and now.

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 The Germans on the Somme 1914-1918 (Images of War)
The Germans on the Somme 1914-1918 (Images of War)
Author: David Bilton
The Germans on the Somme 1914-1918
Pen and Sword
Images of War
2010
Format: EPUB
Pages: 224
Size: 19 Mb
Language: English

This highly illustrated book covers the activities of the German Army on the River Somme throughout the long years of The Great War. The initial fighting in 1914 was against the French prior to the arrival of the British Army. The 1916 Allied Offensive eventually resulted in the German withdrawal but only at a terrible cost to both sides. The 1918 Kaiserschlacht saw the Germans return, albeit briefly. Each phase is covered from the German perspective using primary and secondary sources. In addition to the wealth of splendid/fully captioned photographs, there is an authoritative general text and a useful chronological order of events. Being arguably the most evocative area in British military history, much has been written on the Somme. What makes this splendid book so different is the author's successful attempt to view events through the eyes of our adversaries.

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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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 Anzacs In Arkhangel: The Untold Story of Australia and the Invasion of Russia 1918-19
Anzacs In Arkhangel: The Untold Story of Australia and the Invasion of Russia 1918-19
Author: Michael Challinger
Anzacs In Arkhangel: The Untold Story of Australia and the Invasion of Russia 1918-19
Hardie Grant Books
2010
ISBN: 1740667514
Format: EPUB
Size: 7,3 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 304
In November 1918, as World War One was coming to a close and soldiers were returning home, a small group of Australian men signed up for more fighting. Yet this time, the enemy was Russian Bolsheviks instead of Germans, and the frontline was the wild and frozen wastelands of far north Russia. With humor and an eye for irony, Michael Challinger tells the story of how this group of 150 Aussies was seconded to help protect the British from a rear guard attack from northern Russia. Stationed in the small town of Arkhangel, the soldiers became embroiled in what was to become the Russian revolution, as they battled not only the Bolsheviks but also extreme cold, hostility from locals, and a 25-kilometer front line. Two of these Australians soldiers went on to win Victoria Crosses and are perhaps our most neglected war heroes. Anzacs in Arkhangel brings Russian history into focus and reveals how easily the First World War could have been lost. It is a fascinating account of part of the Anzac legend that is not so much forgotten as never known.

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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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 St Quentin (Battleground Europe)
St Quentin (Battleground Europe)
Author: Helen McPhail
St Quentin (Battleground Europe)
Pen and Sword Military
2000
Format: EPUB
Pages: 160
Size: 14 Mb
Language: English

After the First World War, how many thousands of British families would have proud or bitter reason to remember the name St Quentin? At least eight Divisions, 23 Brigades, 74 Battalions an enormous number of fighting men, a weight of experience, courage, defeat and victory, all to be traced through these fields and villages round the city. There is much to honour here: exhausted British troops marching south in the Retreat from Mons in August 1914, resistance attacks on the Hindenburg Line in 1917, desperate feats of arms in the final German onslaught in the Spring of 1918.

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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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