Back To The Front

Author: Stephen O'Shea
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9780802719096
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Back To The Front from the Author: Stephen O'Shea. World War I is beyond the memory of almost everyone alive today. Yet it has left as deep a scar on the imaginative landscape of our century as it has on the land where it was fought. Nowhere is that more evident than on the Western Front-the sinuous, deadly line of trenches that stretched from the coast of Belgium to the border of France and Switzerland, a narrow swath of land in which so many million lives were lost. For journalist Stephen O'Shea, the legacy of the Great War is personal (both his grandfathers fought on the front lines) and cultural. Stunned by viewing the "immense wound" still visible on the battlefield of the Somme, and feeling that "history is too important to be left to the professionals," he set out to walk the entire 450 miles through no-man's-land to discover for himself and for his generation the meaning of the war. Back to the Front is a remarkable combination of vivid history and opinionated travel writing. As his walk progresses, O'Shea recreates the shocking battles of the Western Front, many now legendary-Passchendaele, the Somme, the Argonne, Verdun-and offers an impassioned perspective on the war, the state of the land, and the cultivation of memory. His consummate skill with words and details brings alive the players, famous and faceless, on that horrific stage, and makes us aware of why the Great War, indeed history itself, still matters. An evocative fusion of past and present, Back to the Front will resonate, for all who read it, as few other books on war ever have.

In The Trenches In World War I

Author: Adam Hibbert
Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree Library
ISBN: 9781410921949
Size: 66.29 MB
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In The Trenches In World War I from the Author: Adam Hibbert. Using personal accounts, describes the terrible loss of life in the trenches on the Western Front as well as on other battlegrounds around the world.

Female Tommies

Author: Elisabeth Shipton
Publisher: History Press
ISBN: 9780750979504
Size: 43.13 MB
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Female Tommies from the Author: Elisabeth Shipton. The First World War saw one of the biggest ever changes in the demographics of warfare, as thousands of women donned uniforms and took an active part in conflict for the first time in history. Female Tommies looks at the military role of women worldwide during the Great War and reveals the extraordinary women who served on the frontline.Through their diaries, letters and memoirs, meet the women who defied convention and followed their convictions to defend the less fortunate and fight for their country. Follow British Flora Sandes as she joins the Serbian Army and takes up a place in the rearguard of the Iron Regiment as they retreat from the Bulgarian advance. Stow away with Dorothy Lawrence as she smuggles herself to Paris, steals a uniform and heads to the front. Enlist in Russia's all-female 'Battalion of Death' alongside peasant women and princesses alike.The personal accounts of these women, who were members of organisations such as the US Army Signal Corps, the Canadian Army Medical Corps, the FANY, WRAF, WRNS, WAAC and many others, provide a valuable insight into what life was like for women in a male-dominated environment.

The Trench

Author: Richard Van Emden
Publisher: Trans-World
ISBN:
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The Trench from the Author: Richard Van Emden. An oral history of life in the trenches of the First World War. This is a companion book to an ambitious new BBC documentary series which aims to recreate the everyday life of soldiers in the First World War. A group of volunteers from the city of Hull will face life in a specially reconstructed trench in northern France under as many conditions as can realistically be recreated from the testimony of surviving veterans and the official Regimental War Diary. This companion book vividly reconstructs the reality of war – what it felt like to see the front line for the first time, how the trenches themselves were constructed, how soldiers passed their leisure hours, where they slept, what they ate. It takes an original new approach to the history of the Great War, bringing home the unimaginable horror by recreating in extraordinary detail the everyday realities of trench life.

On The Front Lines

Author: John Ellis
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
ISBN:
Size: 71.70 MB
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On The Front Lines from the Author: John Ellis. Described as a classic by the critics, On the Front Lines strips away the glamour of war and shows--in the words of the infantrymen and gunners who fought on the front lines--what it was really like in the trenches in World War II. Published on the 50th anniversary of the U.S.'s entry into the war.

On The Front Line

Author: Jon E. Lewis
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472111818
Size: 49.58 MB
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On The Front Line from the Author: Jon E. Lewis. In 1930, the editor of Everyman Magazine requested entries for a new anthology of Great War accounts. The result was a revolutionary book unlike any other of the period; for as Malcolm Brown notes in his introduction 'I believe it might fairly be described as a rediscovered classic'. It was the very first collection to reveal the many dimensions of the war through the eyes of the ordinary soldier and offers heart-stopping renditions of the very first gas attack; aerial dogfights above the trenches; the moment of going over the top. Told chronologically, from the first scrambles of 1914, the drudgery of the war of attrition once the trenches had been dug, to the final joy of Armistice.

On The Front Line

Author: Jon E. Lewis
Publisher: Constable & Robinson
ISBN: 9781849010672
Size: 55.93 MB
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On The Front Line from the Author: Jon E. Lewis. This collection contains 60 personal accounts of the war to end all wars, including the first gas attack, life in the trenches, Gallipoli, the war at sea, aerial dogfights and life as a prisoner of war.

World War I On The Front Lines

Author: Tim Cooke
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 149140843X
Size: 29.32 MB
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World War I On The Front Lines from the Author: Tim Cooke. "Approaches the topic of World War I the perspective of soldiers fighting in it"--

The Harlem Hellfighters

Author: Max Brooks
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
ISBN: 0804140332
Size: 14.15 MB
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The Harlem Hellfighters from the Author: Max Brooks. From bestselling author Max Brooks, the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment—the Harlem Hellfighters In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on—and off—the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy. In THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS, bestselling author Max Brooks and acclaimed illustrator Caanan White bring this history to life. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, they tell the heroic story of the 369th in an action-packed and powerful tale of honor and heart. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hot Blood And Cold Steel

Author: Andy Simpson
Publisher: Spellmount, Limited Publishers
ISBN:
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Hot Blood And Cold Steel from the Author: Andy Simpson. Using a unique approach of weaving anthology with a continuous commentary, Hot Blood and Cold Steel describes what it was really like to live and fight in the trenches during the Great War.Domestic life on the line - accommodations, food and drink, wiring and carrying, the whole day and night routine - are investigated along with the operational aspects of trench life - raiding and patrolling in no-man's-land and the German lines. But as well as the blood and gore of battle, the book examines the attitudes of front line soldiers, officers and their men, to each other; to the staff; to their allies and the enemy; to wounds; to God; to the sheer horror of it all.This all encompassing portrayal of the front line grips the reader and refuses to let go, communicating a genuine understanding of what it was really like to have fought in the trenches of the Western Front