The Tomlinson Book Prize

The 2016 Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Book Prize Winners

For the second time in its history, three books share the Tomlinson prize:

Dennis Showalter for Instrument of War: The German Army 1914-1918 (Osprey Publishing)

Michael S. Neiberg for The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America (Oxford University Press)

Graydon Tunstall for Written in Blood: The Battle for Fortress Przemysl in WWI (Indiana University Press)

Read the full press release here.

Tomlinson Placque

The prize consists of a cash award plus a bronze plaque sculpted by Andrew L. Chernak, a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran whose sculptures are installed at Arlington Cemetery and state and private parks.

The prize is made possible through a grant from Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr., Director-emeritus of The Western Front Association – United States Branch.

How to Submit a Book for Consideration

Historians Dennis Showalter, Graydon Tunstall, Michael Neiberg, and Publisher of World War One Illustrated magazine Dana Lombardy form the prize jury for the Norman B. Tomlinson Prize, awarded annually by the World War One Historical Association to the best English-language book(s) on World War I. Normally the prize is awarded in the same calendar year as publication, but there are occasional exceptions to that policy. For information on how to submit books for the prize, email or

Previous Winners

2015 Serbia and the Balkan
Front, 1914: The Outbreak of the Great War
by James Lyon
Bloomsbury Publishing
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2014 Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War

by Paul Jankowski
Oxford University Press, 2014

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2013 Planning Armageddon: British Economic Warfare
and the First World War
by Nicholas A. Lambert
Harvard University Press, 2012
2012 The Romanian Battlefront in World War I 

by Glenn E. Torrey
The University of Kansas Press, 2012

2011 The Russian Origins of the First World War 

by Sean McMeekin
Harvard University Press, 2011

2010 The Final Battle: Soldiers of the Western Front in the German Revolution of 1918 

by D. Scott Stephenson
Cambridge University Press, 2010

At the committee’s discretion, honorable mention awards in the amount of $1.000 can be designated. Two such awards were made in 2010:
Graydon “Jack” Tunstall for Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915(University Press of Kansas 2010)

Richard L. DiNardo for The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915 (Praeger 2010)

2009 Bloody Victory: The Sacrifice on the Somme and
the Making of the Twentieth Century 
by William J. Philpott
Little Brown, 2009
2008 The Second Battle of the Marne 

by Michael Neiberg
University of Indiana Press, 2008

2007 To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918

by Edward Lengel
Henry Holt & Company, 2008

2006 Pyrrhic Victory:
French Strategy and Operations in the Great War
by Brigadier General
Robert A. Doughty
Harvard University Press
2005 Fighting Different Wars: Experience, Memory and the First World War in Britain

by Janet S.K. Watson
Cambridge University Press

2004 A Fraternity of Arms:
America and France in the Great War
by Robert B. Bruce
University of Kansas Press
2003 France and The Great War, 1914-1918

by Leonard V. Smith, Stephane
Audoin-Rouzeau & Annette Becker
Cambridge University Press

2002 German Atrocities, 1914:
A History of Denial
by John Horne & Alan Kramer,
Yale University Press
2001 The First World War Volume I: To Arms

by Hew Strachan,
Oxford University Press

2000 Sir John Fisher’s Naval Revolution

by Nicholas A. Lambert,
University of South Carolina Press

1999 The First World War:
Germany and Austria-Hungary, 1914-1918
by Holger H. Herwig,
Edward Arnold Publishing

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