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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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 The Russian Origins of the First World War
The Russian Origins of the First World War
Author: Sean McMeekin
The Russian Origins of the First World War
Belknap Press
ISBN: 0674072332
2013
Format: PDF
Size: 5,6 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 344
The catastrophe of the First World War, and the destruction, revolution, and enduring hostilities it wrought, make the issue of its origins a perennial puzzle.
Since World War II, Germany has been viewed as the primary culprit. Now, in a major reinterpretation of the conflict, Sean McMeekin rejects the standard notions of the wars beginning as either a Germano-Austrian preemptive strike or a tragedy of miscalculation. Instead, he proposes that the key to the outbreak of violence lies in St. Petersburg.

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 Battle on the Aisne 1914: The BEF and the Birth of the Western Front
Battle on the Aisne 1914: The BEF and the Birth of the Western Front
Author: John Sheen
Battle on the Aisne 1914: The BEF and the Birth of the Western Front
Pen and Sword Military
2012
Format: EPUB
Pages: 156
Size: 24 Mb
Language: English

The river Aisne featured prominently in August 1914 during the Retreat from Mons and in September was the scene of bitter fighting when the BEF re-crossed it in their unsuccessful attempt to dislodge the German Army entrenched along the Northern Crest.The fighting was hugely costly to the BEF, which had already fought three major engagements and marched over 200 miles in a month. The three British Corps lost over 700 officers and some 15,000 men. Little wonder one officer wrote that he felt he was 'in the company of ghosts'.Historian Jerry Murland places the Aisne battles in their context, both from the BEF and German viewpoints.

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 Battleground Somme - Flers & Gueudecourt
Battleground Somme - Flers & Gueudecourt
Author: Trevor Pidgeon
Battleground Somme - Flers & Gueudecourt
Pen & Sword
2000
Format: ePub (e-book)
Pages: 116
Language: English
Size: 7 MB

Flers is of course best remembered for the first use of tanks in modern war. But the battles at Flers and Gueudecourt were also memorable as forming part of the last great advance of the British Army in this slogging match that was the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

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 Battleground - Aubers Ridge
Battleground - Aubers Ridge
Author: Edward Hancock
Battleground - Aubers Ridge
Pen & Sword
2005
Format: ePub (e-book)
Pages: 151
Language: English
Size: 8 MB

This book describes the action of 9 May 1915 when the battalions of the 1st Division, 7th Division and the Indian Army attacked Aubers Ridge. Their objective was to break the German line and cut the supply route to the enemy troops fighting to the south against a French Offensive at Vimy Ridge. In true Battleground style, the dramatic story is told through the actions of those involved in the fighting. Places and points of interest are highlighted and for those fortunate enough to visit the area there are excellent directions and hints on how to best capture the atmosphere.

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 The Origins of the First World War
The Origins of the First World War
Author: James Joll
The Origins of the First World War
Longman Group
1984
Format: PDF
Pages: 244
Language: English
Size: 41 MB

The outbreak of the First World War has always presented a challenge to historians: they have sought to understand its causes in many different ways, from many different angles, and with very different results. The subject has a double fascination for the modern reader, therefore, since the debate throws light not only on the crisis of July-August 1914 itself, but also on the very nature of historical explanation and causality.

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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 Retreat from Mons 1914: South
The Retreat from Mons 1914: South
Author: Jon Cooksey, Jerry Murland
The Retreat from Mons 1914: South
Pen and Sword Military
Battle Lines
2014
Format: EPUB
Pages: 152
Size: 36 Mb
Language: English

The Retreat from Mons 1914: South is the second volume in Pen & Sword’s Battle Lines series to cover the opening campaign of the Great War. It is the essential companion for every visitor who is keen to retrace the path taken by the British Expeditionary Force immediately after the outbreak of the conflict – all the important battle sites of the second stage of the retreat are featured here. Expert guides Jon Cooksey and Jerry Murland take visitors over a series of routes that can be walked, biked or driven, explaining the fighting that occurred at each place in vivid detail. They describe what happened, where it happened and why and who was involved, and point out the sights that remain for the visitor to see.

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 The War on Hospital Ships 1914-1918
The War on Hospital Ships 1914-1918
Author: Stephen McGreal
The War on Hospital Ships 1914-1918
Pen and Sword Maritime
ISBN: 1844158586
2009
Format: EPUB
Pages: 272
Size: 4 Mb
Language: English

It is often said "The first casualty of war is the truth" and there is no better example of this than the furore caused by the claims and counterclaims of the British and German Governments at the height of the First World War. Wounded allied personnel were invariably repatriated by hospital ships, which ran the gauntlet of mined waters and gambled on the humanity of the U- Boat commanders. For, contrary to the terms of the Geneva Convention, on occasions Germany had sunk the unarmed hospital ships under the pretense they carried reinforcement troops and ammunition. The press seized on these examples of 'Hun Barbarity', especially the drowning of noncombatant female nurses.

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 The Germans in Flanders 1915-1916
The Germans in Flanders 1915-1916
Author: David Bilton
The Germans in Flanders 1915-1916
Pen and Sword Military
Images of War
2012
Format: EPUB
Pages: 176
Size: 14 Mb
Language: English

The book covers the actions of the German Army in the Low Countries during 1915 and 1916. In its broad compass it looks at the battles with the French, Belgians and British, concentrating mostly on the latter. Both 1915 and 1916 were very active years for the Central Powers and the Allies. After a quiet start with minor fighting April 1915 saw gas attacks against Hill 60, followed by 2nd Ypres and intermittent attacks throughout the remainder of the year.

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 Pals on the Somme 1916
Pals on the Somme 1916
Author: Roni Wilkinson
Pals on the Somme 1916
Pen and Sword Military
2006
Format: EPUB
Pages: 224
Size: 10 Mb
Language: English

Pals on the Somme covers the history of all the Pals Battalions who fought on the Somme during the First World War. The book looks at the events which led to the war and how the 'Pals' phenomenon was born. It considers the attitude and social conditions in Britain at the time. It covers the training and equipping of the Battalions, the preparations for the 'Big Push', 1st July 1916, and going over the top, and how each battalion fared, failed or succeeded. It looks at how they Battalions had to undergo a change after the 1st July, due to the heavy casualties, and the final victory in 1918, and how the battalions were eventually amalgamated.The final chapter examines how each area coped in the aftermath of losing their men in the three year slaughter. It covers the organizations and visits to the Battlefields as they are today.

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 Pozieres (Battleground Europe)
Pozieres (Battleground Europe)
Author: Graham Keach
Pozieres
Pen and Sword Military
Battleground Europe
2011
Format: EPUB
Pages: 160
Size: 27 Mb
Language: English

The village sits on top of the ridge that bears its name, a ridge that was an objective on the 1st July 1916. As it was, the whole position was not finally cleared until early September 1916 as German, Australian and British troops fought tenaciously over it.

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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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 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 Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century
Author: J. M. Winter
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century
Penguin Studio
1996
Format: PDF
Pages: 440
Language: English
Size: 52 MB

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 The Soviet Air Force Since 1918
The Soviet Air Force Since 1918
Author: Alexander Boyd
The Soviet Air Force Since 1918
Stein and Day Publishers
1977
Format: PDF
Pages: 308
Language: English
Size: 32.5 MB
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While the Soviet Russian naval buildup made Western headlines, the expansion of their air power went largely unnoticed. By 1977, that air force commanded a larger share of the Soviet Russian defense budget than the navy. This comprehensive book reveals for the first time in English what happened to the air force in the 1930's during Stalin's purges and the drastic effect on operational performance, how in the first three years of World War II the Soviets then reversed the balance of air power against the German Luftwaffe, and how the organization and concepts created during the war determined the kind of air force that was later expanded in the Cold War. Alexander Boyd's fluency in Russian enabled him to use extensively a wide range of then contemporary Russian documentary material which portrayed the men behind the planes: the commanders, the designers, the pilots. Boyd also showed how quickly the Soviets assimilated the technology of the jet and atomic age and how their then new strategic bombers complicated the SALT-2 talks between the Russian government and the United States. THE SOVIET AIR FORCE included production maps and training centers as well as diagrams of the command structure that was in force during the Cold War.

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 Gully Ravine: Gallipoli (Battleground Europe)
Gully Ravine: Gallipoli (Battleground Europe)
Author: Stephen Chambers
Gully Ravine: Gallipoli
Pen and Sword
Battleground Europe
2003
Format: EPUB
Pages: 176
Size: 33 Mb
Language: English

This book concentrates on Gully Ravine and its immediate area on the western side of the Helles battlefield, Gallipoli. "...Death was at work there,...Death lived there,...Death wandered up and down there and fed on Life." (John Masefield). Here trench fighting raged throughout the campaign, culminating in the Battle of Gully Ravine between 28 June and 5 July 1915. This attack was a successful piece of planning and execution, enabling the British to capture five lines of Turkish trenches, seriously threatening the Turkish hold on the southern tip of the peninsula.

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 Loos - Hill 70
Loos - Hill 70
Author: DAndrew Rawson
Loos - Hill 70
Pen and Sword
Battleground Europe
2002
Format: EPUB
Pages: 160
Size: 42 Mb
Language: English

The Battle of Loos formed part of a wider offensive conducted by both French and British Forces in September 1915. The British First Army, under the leadership of General Haig, were to break through the German line at Loos thanks in part to their superior numbers, while other operations were to achieve a similar result in Champagne and at Vimy Ridge.Due to lack of artillery the Loos attack was planned to be preceded by a massive gas attack. Chlorine gas would hopefully entirely overcome the Germans' inadequate gas masks and lead to a swift breakthrough.Unfortunately all did not go to plan. First some of the gas was blown back into the British trenches causing over 2,000 casualties.

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 The Outbreak of The First World War: 1914 in Perspective
The Outbreak of The First World War: 1914 in Perspective
Author: D Stevenson
The Outbreak of The First World War: 1914 in Perspective
St. Martin's Press
1997
Format: PDF
Pages: 72
Size: 33 Mb
Language: English

This book examines why, in 1914, a Balkan conflict escalated into a general European war. It focuses on the decision-making of each Power during the July-August crisis, and analyzes the role of domestic politics, economics, cultural factors, militarism, imperialism, and the international political system. Attention is given to source material and to historiography, notably the controversy surrounding the work of Fritz Fischer. There is an extensive annotated bibliography.

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