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 Letters from the Front From the First World War to the Present Day
Letters from the Front From the First World War to the Present Day
Letters from the Front From the First World War to the Present Day (General Military)
Osprey Publishing
2014
ISBN: 1472803345
Format: EPUB
Size: 6,1 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 272
Similar to Letters From Iwo Jima and All Quiet On The Western Front, this book tells the story of young men from many nations thrown into the crucible of war, fighting not just to survive, but to understand what was happening to them and their comrades. It tells it in the words of the soldiers themselves, in their letters home.
A legacy of an empire and a nation at war, Love, Tommy, is a collection of letters housed at Imperial War Museums sent by British and Commonwealth troops from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa from the front line of war to their loved ones at home. Poignant expressions of love, hope and fear sit alongside amusing anecdotes, grumbles about rations and thoughtful reflections, eloquently revealing how, despite the passage of time, many experiences of the fighting man are shared in countless wars and battles.
From the muddy trenches of the Somme to frozen ground of the Falklands to the heat and dust of Iraq, these letters are the ordinary soldier's testament to life on the front line.

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 On the Western Front
On the Western Front
Author: John Laffin
On the Western Front
The Uistory Press
1997
ISBN: 1840150025
Format: EPUB
Size: 23,5 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 287
Official histories of the First World War are accounts of strategy and tactics, political and logistical considerations. After reading them many might ask why soldiers are rarely mentioned except in terms of military units. Even regimental histories devote more space to the plans and concepts than to the men used to implement the plans. This book was the first serious attempt to illustrate the humanity of the soldier on the Western Front, reflecting the war as they saw it from first shot to last. These tales, told to fellow men in the trenches, behind the lines, at base hospitals and at the estaminets and billets during rest periods, have been recorded here.

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 The Battle for Vimy Ridge 1917 (Battleground Europe)
The Battle for Vimy Ridge 1917 (Battleground Europe)
Author: Nigel Cave, Jack Sheldon
The Battle for Vimy Ridge 1917 (Battleground Europe)
Pen and Sword Military
2007
Format: EPUB
Pages: 236
Size: 10 Mb
Language: English

In a new departure in the Battleground Europe series, this book is a guide to both sides of a major battle - in this case to the Canadian Corps operations against 1st Bavarian Reserve Corps at Vimy from 9 - 12 April 1917, which formed part of the opening of the British offensive, known as the Battle of Arras. Historically, the capture of Vimy Ridge was an event far more significant than its undoubted military importance alone.

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 Ypres 1914: Langemarck
Ypres 1914: Langemarck
Author: Jack Sheldon
Ypres 1914: Langemarck
Pen and Sword
Battleground Europe
2014
Format: EPUB
Pages: 208
Size: 53 Mb
Language: English

These three Battleground Europe books on Ypres 1914 mark the centenary of the final major battle of the 1914 campaign on the Western Front. Although fought over a relatively small area and short time span, the fighting was even more than usually chaotic and the stakes were extremely high. Authors Nigel Cave and Jack Sheldon combine their respective expertise to tell the story of the men – British, French, Indian and German - who fought over the unremarkable undulating ground that was to become firmly placed in British national conscience ever afterwards.

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 Attack on the Somme: Haig's Offensive 1916
Attack on the Somme: Haig's Offensive 1916
Author: Martin Pegler
Attack on the Somme: Haig's Offensive 1916 (Campaign Chronicles)
Pen and Sword Military
ISBN: 1844153975
2006
Format: EPUB
Pages: 192
Size: 10 Mb
Language: English

The Battle of the Somme is fixed in the country's collective memory as a disaster - probably the most bloody episode in the catalogue of futile offensives launched by the British on the Western Front. Over five months of desperate fighting in 1916 the British wrestled with the Germans for control of a narrow strip of innocuous French countryside. When the fighting petered out the British had barely pushed back the Germans from their original positions for a combined casualty figure of over a million men. But after 80 years this notorious episode in western military history deserves to be reassessed. Previously unpublished eyewitness accounts are used to give a fascinating first-hand view of the immediate experience of the fighting.

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 Montauban (Battleground Europe)
Montauban (Battleground Europe)
Author: Graham Maddocks
Montauban (Battleground Europe)
Pen and Sword Military
1999
Format: EPUB
Pages: 192
Size: 24 Mb
Language: English

Montauban was the scene of one of the most famous and tragic incidents of the Somme battle of July 1, 1916, as men of the 8th East Surreys attempted to hold a contest to see which company of the battalion could kick a soccer ball first into the German lines.

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 The Affair at Nery: 1 September 1914
The Affair at Nery: 1 September 1914
Author: Patrick Takle
The Affair at Nery: 1 September 1914
Pen and Sword
Battleground Europe
2007
Format: EPUB
Pages: 160
Size: 5 Mb
Language: English

Early on 1 September 1914, the Germans surprised 1st Cavalry Brigade harbouring in the little town of Nery. Their initial bombardment caused chaos and destruction and the British took time to organize themselves. The actions of two batteries of the Royal Horse Artillery were eventually so successful that even today there is a battery known as Nery Battery RHA. The Queen's Bay's a cavalry regiment, charged in classic style and the Germans, who mistakenly thought they were out numbered, withdrew with heavy casualties. Of the three VCs, two were posthumous. While a small engagement by later Great War standards, Nery is a classic case study of an artillery duel and cavalry action.

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 World War One: A Short History
World War One: A Short History
Author: Norman Stone
World War One: A Short History
Penguin
2009
ISBN: 0141031565
Format: EPUB
Size: 3,2 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 240
Stone is as unconventional as he is brilliant, and this provocative interpretation of the Great War combines impressive command of the literature with a telling eye for relevant facts and a sensitive ear for telling epigrams. Stone presents a Europe that in 1914 bestrode the world like the proverbial colossus. Four years later, the continent faced a spectrum of disasters: shattered economies, shattered societies, shattered lives and shattered illusions.
The First World War was the overwhelming disaster from which everything else in the twentieth century stemmed. Fourteen million combatants died, four empires were destroyed, and even the victors’ empires were fatally damaged. World War I took humanity from the nineteenth century forcibly into the twentieth—and then, at Versailles, cast Europe on the path to World War II as well. In World War One, Norman Stone, one of the world’s greatest historians, has achieved the almost impossible task of writing a terse and witty short history of the war. A captivating, brisk narrative, World War One is Stone’s masterful effort to make sense of one of the twentieth century’s pivotal conflicts.

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 Slaughter on the Somme: 1July 1916
Slaughter on the Somme: 1July 1916
Author: John Grehan, Martin Mace
Slaughter on the Somme: 1July 1916
Pen and Sword Military
2013
Format: EPUB
Pages: 512
Size: 13 Mb
Language: English

At 07.30 hours on 1 July 1916, the devastating cacophony of the Allied artillery fell silent along the front on the Somme. The ear-splitting explosions were replaced by the shrill sound of hundreds of whistles being blown. At that moment, tens of thousands of British soldiers climbed out from the trenches on their part of the Western Front, and began to make their way steadily towards the German lines opposite. It was the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

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 Battleground Europe: Somme - Redan Ridge
Battleground Europe: Somme - Redan Ridge
Author: Michael Renshaw
Battleground Europe: Somme - Redan Ridge
Pen & Sword
2004
Format: ePub (e-book)
Pages: 127
Language: English
Size: 18.5 MB

The fighting on Redan Ridge in 1916 has long been overshadowed by events on each flank, namely Serre on the left and Beaumont Hamel on the right. On 1 July 1916 the sector was occupied by the 4th Division, made up of some of the veteran regular battalions, the 'Old Contemptibles', although few of the original members had survived thus far. It was mainly Territorials and' new army' men who fought here. A special feature includes little known accounts of events at the Quadrilateral on that fateful day. The November battles involve the 2nd Division and the 32nd Division and include the struggle across the mud to Beaumont trench, Frankfurt and Munich trenches. Biographical details of some of the famous men who took part, such as H H Munroe, the author 'Saki' and A A Milne, creator and author of Winnie the Pooh, are also included.

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