Tunnelling to Freedom and Other Escape Narratives from World War I

Tunnelling to Freedom and Other Escape Narratives from World War ITunnelling to Freedom and Other Escape Narratives from World War I by Hugh Durnford
ISBN: 0486434346
Published by Dover Publications on March 19th 2004
Genres: Military
Pages: 320

Len's Summary: A reprint of Escapers All: Being the Personal Narratives of Fifteen Escapers from Wartime Prison Camps, 1914-1918, John Lane, London, 1932, available from www.doverpublications.com.

The Bonus Army: An American Epic

The Bonus Army: An American EpicThe Bonus Army: An American Epic by Paul Dickson, Thomas B. Allen
ISBN: 0802777384
Published by Walker Books on March 21st 2006
Genres: Military, United States
Pages: 370

Len's Summary: A History Book Club selection. The story of the 1932 march on Washington by WWI veterans seeking bonuses promised, but not appropriated by Congress. Fearing a Communist-led insurrection, President Hoover order their eviction and Army Chief of Staff MacArthur overreacted with tragic and violent results seen in theatre newsreels throughout America.

The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898

The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898 by Edward M. Coffman
ISBN: 0195045556
Published by Oxford University Press on December 8th 1988
Genres: Military, Pre-War, United States
Pages: 560

Len's Summary: This volume begins with the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection and covers the major reforms instituted by War Secretary Elihu Root that created the modern general staff system and helped prepare the Army for World War One. Of particular interest to Western Front Association members is Coffman's analysis of the colonial Army's experience in the Philippines and later on the Western Front, as well as the postwar army.

Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914-1918

Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914-1918Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914-1918 by Roger Chickering
ISBN: 0521547806
Published by Cambridge University Press on May 6th 2004
Genres: Germany, Military
Pages: 248

Len's Summary: Revised edition of an excellent analytical treatment by an established WWI historian who teaches at Georgetown University.

Kitchener’s War: British Strategy from 1914-1916

Kitchener’s War: British Strategy from 1914-1916Kitchener's War: British Strategy from 1914-1916 by George H. Cassar
ISBN: 1574887092
Published by Potomac Books on October 1st 2005
Genres: Great Britain, Military, Strategy
Pages: 368

Len's Summary: How Lord Kitchener, a British icon, built the army that contested and won The Great War.

The Imperial War Museum Book of 1914

The Imperial War Museum Book of 1914The Imperial War Museum Book of 1914 by Malcolm Brown
ISBN: 1447270339
Published by Pan Macmillan on January 1st 2014
Genres: Great Britain, Military
Pages: 337

Len's Summary: Also published as The Year of Lost Illusions. Part of a series of Imperial War Museum books on the Great War, many of them written by distinguished British historian and IWM staff member Malcolm Brown. These are all available online from Amazon.co.uk. // Draws on dairies and other personal materials the archives of the Imperial War Museum to delve into the minds of British soldiers serving in The Great War. A pastiche with no particular theme.

The Advance from Mons 1914: The Experiences of a German Infantry Officer

The Advance from Mons 1914: The Experiences of a German Infantry OfficerThe Advance from Mons 1914: The Experiences of a German Infantry Officer by Walter Bloem
ISBN: 1907677046
Published by Helion & Company on October 1st 2011
Genres: Germany, Military, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 128

Len's Summary: The memoir of a German reserve officer, a company commander, tracing his service from mobilization to the Marne and retreat to the Aisne. Recommended by WFA member Tom Jones.

The Forgotten Front: The East African Campaign 1914-1918

The Forgotten Front: The East African Campaign 1914-1918The Forgotten Front: The East African Campaign 1914-1918 by Ross Anderson
ISBN: 0750958367
Published by The History Press on November 1st 2014
Genres: Africa, Colonialism & Post-Colonialism, Military
Pages: 368

Len's Summary: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0750958367/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0750958367&linkCode=as2&tag=worlwaroneh0a-20&linkId=RUACECCR5SGBKIJY

The Great War in History: Debates and Controversies, 1914 to the Present

The Great War in History: Debates and Controversies, 1914 to the PresentThe Great War in History: Debates and Controversies, 1914 to the Present by Jay Murray Winter, Antoine Prost
ISBN: 0521616336
Published by Cambridge University Press on September 1st 2005
Genres: General, Military
Pages: 250

Len's Summary: Historiography: scholarly analysis of the multitude of ways WWI has been interpreted by French, American and British historians, literary scholars, film directors and writers over three generations. Winter teaches at Yale and Prost at the University of Paris.

Petain: How the Hero of France Became a Convicted Traitor and Changed the Course of History

Petain: How the Hero of France Became a Convicted Traitor and Changed the Course of HistoryPetain: How the Hero of France Became a Convicted Traitor and Changed the Course of History by Charles Williams
ISBN: 1403970114
Published by Palgrave Macmillan on October 1st 2005
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, France, Military
Pages: 298

Len's Summary: A sympathetic view of the hero of Verdun and leader of Vichy France from 1940 to 1944. Il ne passeron pas.

Dew of Death: The Story of Lewisite, America’s World War I Weapon of Mass Destruction

Dew of Death: The Story of Lewisite, America’s World War I Weapon of Mass DestructionDew of Death: The Story of Lewisite, America's World War I Weapon of Mass Destruction by Joel A. Vilensky
ISBN: 0253346126
Published by Indiana University Press on September 1st 2005
Genres: Military, Social Science, United States, Weapons
Pages: 240

Len's Summary: The story of Lewisite, a variation of mustard gas based on an arsenic compound, a weapon developed, but never deployed during WWI.

The Battles of the British Expeditionary Forces, 1914-1915: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography

The Battles of the British Expeditionary Forces, 1914-1915: Historiography and Annotated BibliographyThe Battles of the British Expeditionary Forces, 1914-1915: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography by Fred R. van Hartesveldt
ISBN: 0313306257
Published by Praeger on April 30th 2005
Genres: Great Britain, Military
Pages: 204

Len's Summary: Three brief introductory chapters summarize BEF actions in 1914 and 1915. The annotated bibliography has over 1,000 entries.

The Encyclopedia of World War I : A Political, Social, and Military History

The Encyclopedia of World War I : A Political, Social, and Military HistoryThe Encyclopedia of World War I : A Political, Social, and Military History by Spencer C. Tucker
ISBN: 1851094202
Published by ABC-CLIO on September 27th 2005
Genres: General, Military
Pages: 1661

Len's Summary: Dr. Tucker recently retired from VMI and is the editor of the The European Powers in World War I: An Encyclopedia (Garland, 1996) as well as an excellent one-volume history of the war.

Rewriting the First World War: Lloyd George, Politics and Strategy, 1914-1918

Rewriting the First World War: Lloyd George, Politics and Strategy, 1914-1918Rewriting the First World War: Lloyd George, Politics and Strategy, 1914-1918 by Andrew Suttie
ISBN: 1403991197
Published by Palgrave Macmillan on January 21st 2006
Genres: Great Britain, Military, Social Science, Strategy
Pages: 288

Len's Summary: Assesses Lloyd George's attempt to shape the history of the war (and the record of his own participation) concentrating on the alleged incompetence and Western Front fixation of Britain's military leaders.

Jamaican volunteers in the First World War: Race, masculinity and the development of national consciousness

Jamaican volunteers in the First World War: Race, masculinity and the development of national consciousnessJamaican volunteers in the First World War: Race, masculinity and the development of national consciousness by Richard Smith
ISBN: 0719069866
Published by Manchester University Press on March 15th 2010
Genres: Military, Social Science
Pages: 192

Len's Summary: Scholarly examination of the experiences of West Indian soldiers in WWI and the war's impact on growth of nationalism and the pro-independence movement in Jamaica. Readers will recall that West Indian troops -- unlike French colonial troops -- were employed exclusively as laborers, not riflemen, on the Western Front.

Lost Battalions: The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality

Lost Battalions: The Great War and the Crisis of American NationalityLost Battalions: The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality by Richard Slotkin
ISBN: 0805081380
Published by Holt Paperbacks on October 3rd 2006
Genres: African American Studies, Military, Social Science, United States
Pages: 656

Len's Summary: A social history of two AEF units: the African-American 369th Infantry Regiment; and, the Lost Battalion of the 77th Division) made up largely of Jewish, Italian and Eastern European Americans from New York City.

The U-boat Century: German Submarine Warfare, 1906-2006

The U-boat Century: German Submarine Warfare, 1906-2006The U-boat Century: German Submarine Warfare, 1906-2006 by Jak P. Mallmann Showell
ISBN: 1591148928
Published by Naval Institute Press on October 10th 2006
Genres: Germany, Military, Naval

Len's Summary: A selection of the History Book Club. In 1915, U-Boats sank 555 Entente merchant vessels; in 1916, the number climbed to 1.300; and, in 1917 over 3,000 Allied vessels were sent to the bottom by U-Boats. These losses were never replicated, even in the Battle of the Atlantic in World War Two, as is pointed out by the author.

German Army on the Somme, 1914-1916

German Army on the Somme, 1914-1916German Army on the Somme, 1914-1916 by Jack Sheldon
ISBN: 1844152693
Published by Pen & Sword Books on October 1st 2005
Genres: Germany, Military
Pages: 432

Len's Summary: Unusual in that the author draws on German sources and tells the story of the Somme battles from that point of view.

We Lead Others Follow: First Canadian Division, 1914-1918

We Lead Others Follow: First Canadian Division, 1914-1918We Lead Others Follow: First Canadian Division, 1914-1918 by Kenneth Radley
ISBN: 1551251000
Published by Vanwell Publishing on September 1st 2005
Genres: Canada, Military
Pages: 415

Len's Summary: The training, organization, equipment and operations of the CEF's First Division with particular emphasis on the final battles of 1918.

Warfare And Belligerence: Perspectives In First World War Studies

Warfare And Belligerence: Perspectives In First World War StudiesWarfare And Belligerence: Perspectives In First World War Studies by Pierre Purseigle, Dennis E. Showalter, Patrick Porter, Heather Jones, Jennifer D. Keene, Keith Grieves, Leen Engelen, Leonard V. Smith, Elise Julien, Vanda Wilcox, Gearóid Barry, Paul Mulvey, Nicolas Ginsburger, Elizabeth Fordham, Nicolas Beaupré
ISBN: 9004143521
Published by Brill Academic Publishers on May 17th 2005
Genres: Essays, Military
Pages: 418

Len's Summary: Fourteen papers in a variety of disciplines given at the June 2003 Second European Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies. These essays cover, inter alia, differing national approaches to sacrifice and redemption, the development of war cultures in 1914, academic responses to the war in Paris and London, military discipline and morale, the blurring of distinctions between civilian and soldier, prisoners of war, veterans and demobilization.

The Somme

The SommeThe Somme by Robin Prior, Trevor Wilson
ISBN: 0300106947
Published by Yale University Press on May 11th 2005
Genres: France, Military
Pages: 368

Len's Summary: From two established Australian historians, authors of the well-received 1996 work Passchendaele: The Untold Story (Yale 1996) about the Third Battle of Ypres and Command on the Western Front: the Military Career of Sir Henry Rawlinson, 1914-1918 (Pen & Sword, 2004) based on the diaries of one of the BEF's best army commanders.

The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage

The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met CourageThe Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage by Walter Dean Myers, Bill Miles
ISBN: 0060011386
Published by Amistad on July 22nd 2014
Genres: African American Studies, Military, United States, Youth-accessible
Pages: 160

Len's Summary: An unusual and well crafted book on WWI directed at juvenile readers nine to 12 years old. A good gift for your grandchildren.

Call to Arms: The British Army 1914-18

Call to Arms: The British Army 1914-18Call to Arms: The British Army 1914-18 by Charles Messenger
ISBN: 0297846957
Published by George Weidenfeld & Nicholson on June 1st 2005
Genres: Great Britain, Military
Pages: 574

Len's Summary: The evolution of the British Army from a colonial constabulary to a field force of some two million men on the Western Front; the development of command, administration. technology, tactics, and medical services. // New research produces a sparkling study of how Kitchener built the victorious BEF. Favorably reviewed in The Journal of Military History, January 2006

Ghosts of the Great War: Aviation in WWI

Ghosts of the Great War: Aviation in WWIGhosts of the Great War: Aviation in WWI by Philip Makanna, Javier Arango
ISBN: 0916997294
Published by Ghosts on December 31st 2005
Genres: Aviation, Military
Pages: 192

Len's Summary: Color photos of the 21 original and reproduction aircraft in the Aeroplane Collection of Paso Robles, California. Markanna's color portraits are accompanied by vintage archival prints of the same aircraft types. Markanna's earlier work has concentrated on World War Two aircraft.

Canada and the Great War: Western Front Association Papers

Canada and the Great War: Western Front Association PapersCanada and the Great War: Western Front Association Papers by Briton Cooper Busch
ISBN: 077352570X
on May 8th 2003
Genres: Canada, Military
Pages: 240

Len's Summary: Included are papers presented by Laura Brandon of the Canadian War Museum, WFA member John Hurst formerly of Guelph University, WFA Newfoundland Branch Chairman David Parsons, Pat Brennan of the University of Calgary, J. B. C. McKercher of the Royal Military College, Christopher Terry of the Canadian Aviation Museum, and Sidney F. Wyse of Carleton University. The book is edited by Professor Briton Busch of Colgate University, who also organized the seminar, and includes maps.The IBSN number for paper back edition is 0-77352-257-X and for hard back 0-77352-546-7.

Curse of The Narrows: The Halifax Disaster of 1917

Curse of The Narrows: The Halifax Disaster of 1917Curse of The Narrows: The Halifax Disaster of 1917 by Laura M. MacDonald
ISBN: 0802714587
Published by Walker Books on October 1st 2005
Genres: Military
Pages: 355

Len's Summary: The story of the massive ammunition ship explosion that leveled large parts of Halifax in December 1917 and the relief and reconstruction effort that ensued.

The Warlords: Hindenburg And Ludendorff

The Warlords: Hindenburg And LudendorffThe Warlords: Hindenburg And Ludendorff by John Lee
ISBN: 0297846752
Published by George Weidenfeld & Nicholson on April 1st 2005
Genres: Germany, Military
Pages: 207

Len's Summary: The dictatorship of the duumvirate and their impact on German society, economy and politics from 1916 to 1918 and beyond.

Finding the Lost Battalion: Beyond the Rumors, Myths and Legends of America’s Famous WW1 Epic

Finding the Lost Battalion: Beyond the Rumors, Myths and Legends of America’s Famous WW1 EpicFinding the Lost Battalion: Beyond the Rumors, Myths and Legends of America's Famous WW1 Epic by Robert Laplander
ISBN: 1411676564
Published by Lulu.com on October 13th 2007
Genres: Military, United States
Pages: 616

Len's Summary: With a foreword by WFA member Taylor Beattie.

The Unwanted: Great War Letters from the Field

The Unwanted: Great War Letters from the FieldThe Unwanted: Great War Letters from the Field by John McKendrick Hughes
ISBN: 0888644361
Published by University of Alberta Press on May 19th 2001
Genres: Letters, Military
Pages: 416

Len's Summary: Highlights the efforts of the BEF to cultivate abandoned land back of the front lines in France and Flanders. Written by a Canadian officer closely involved in this project beginning in 1917.

Absolute Destruction: Military Culture and the Practices of War in Imperial Germany

Absolute Destruction: Military Culture and the Practices of War in Imperial GermanyAbsolute Destruction: Military Culture and the Practices of War in Imperial Germany by Isabel V. Hull
ISBN: 9780801472930
Published by Cornell University Press on January 12th 2006
Genres: Germany, Military
Pages: 400

Len's Summary: An institution's descent from administrative murder into genocide - unchecked by civilian control -- traced from German Southwest Africa into Belgium and France to Armenia, and the final Western Front battles of World War I.

This Great Harbor: Scapa Flow

This Great Harbor: Scapa FlowThis Great Harbor: Scapa Flow by W.S. Hewison
ISBN: 1843410265
Published by Birlinn on October 1st 2005
Genres: Military, Naval
Pages: 379

Len's Summary: The development of the harbor from the time of the Vikings through two world wars, the scuttle and inter-war salvage of the Imperial German High Seas Fleet.

No Ordinary Determination: Percy Black and Harry Murray of the First AIF

No Ordinary Determination: Percy Black and Harry Murray of the First AIFNo Ordinary Determination: Percy Black and Harry Murray of the First AIF by Jeff Hatwell
ISBN: 9781459673755
Published by ReadHowYouWant on March 1st 2014
Genres: Australia & New Zealand, Military
Pages: 492

Len's Summary: The story of the campaigns of two Australian volunteers who rose from the ranks to field grade command in the AIF of 1915-18 fighting at Gallipoli and on the Western Front.

Bloody April: Slaughter in the Skies Over Arras, 1917

Bloody April: Slaughter in the Skies Over Arras, 1917Bloody April: Slaughter in the Skies Over Arras, 1917 by Peter Hart
ISBN: 9780304367191
Published by Cassell Military on April 1st 2007
Genres: Military, Aviation
Pages: 381

Len's Summary: Battle of Arras resulted in devastating losses for RFC and RNAS observers and spotters for BEF artillery, and marked the apogee of Germany's premier air ace, Manfred von Richthofen. The author is a member of The Western Front Association.

Decisions for War, 1914-1917

Decisions for War, 1914-1917Decisions for War, 1914-1917 by Richard F. Hamilton, Holger H. Herwig
ISBN: 0521545307
Published by Cambridge University Press on December 13th 2004
Genres: General, Military
Pages: 284

Len's Summary: Continuation and expansion of Hamilton & Herwig's fine study The Origins of World War I (Cambridge, 2003) this time focussing on key individual actors - monarchs, ministers, military men, political leaders - with divergent agendas.

Balloon-Busting Aces of World War I

Balloon-Busting Aces of World War IBalloon-Busting Aces of World War I by Jon Guttman, Harry Dempsey
ISBN: 1841768774
Published by Osprey Publishing on July 13th 2005
Genres: Aviation, Military
Pages: 96

Len's Summary: WFA members will recall Jon Guttman's talks at Baltimore seminars. Guttman is an editor at Aviation History and Military History magazines for the Primedia Group.

Victory through Coalition: Britain and France during the First World War

Victory through Coalition: Britain and France during the First World WarVictory through Coalition: Britain and France during the First World War by Elizabeth Greenhalgh
ISBN: 0521096294
Published by Cambridge University Press on January 11th 2009
Genres: France, Great Britain, Military
Pages: 324

Len's Summary: A broad look at coalition warfare with wide use of private correspondence and diaries. // The development of a winning civil-military relationship central to victory in 1918.