Soldiers’ Songs and Slang of the Great War

Soldiers’ Songs and Slang of the Great WarSoldiers’ Songs and Slang of the Great War by Martin Pegler
ISBN: 9781472804150
Published by Osprey Publishing on August 20th 2014
Genres: History, Military, General, World War I, Europe, Great Britain, Technology & Engineering, Military Science, Social History
Pages: 408

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Soldiers’ Song and Slang of the Great War is an update and enlargement of a book first published in 1931. The current book includes phrases that were deemed inappropriate in earlier editions. The slang is both mystifying and well known. For example, a “goo wallah” is the sanitary man. Other items such as a “flapper’s delight” for a young officer are self-explanatory even now.

The songs lack any musical notations and only the lyrics are printed. Many use melodies set to well-known tunes—those by Gilbert and Sullivan seem to be popular as are folk melodies from the British countryside. The lyrics are commentaries on life at the front, the memories of home, and patriotic themes. By war’s end parodies are widespread. Songs from America and France are included, even “Adieu la Vie” (Chanson of Craonne) which was banned in France until 1974. The English translation is buried in the appendix, but is worth finding. The song is an indictment by the soldiers in the field of their treatment by the French army and government.

The Home Front in the Great War covers the British home front and the Hull area in detail. There is a chronological section at the beginning that provides an overview of events back in “Blighty,” followed by short essays on the efforts by groups from the Royals to the YMCA to support of the war effort. The report on the Boy Scouts is especially laudatory.

Both books use a good variety of images and are entertaining to read. Unfortunately, neither book has an index, making it almost impossible to use them for reference purposes.

Anne Merritt

Empires in World War I: Shifting Frontiers and Imperial Dynamics in a Global Conflict

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ISBN: 9781780764405
Published by I.B.Tauris on March 27th 2014
Genres: World War I
Pages: 336

Len's Summary: Moves away from the Western Front to examine the war as a truly global struggle. Includes essays on the impact of war on colonial peoples, the British justice system in Palestine, the scramble for German territory in Africa, China and the Pacific and the involvement of Native Americans as well as peoples of the subcontinent of India.

The Long Silence: The Tragedy of Occupied France in World War I

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ISBN: 9781784530532
Published by I.B.Tauris on August 30th 2014
Genres: France, Great Britain, World War I
Pages: 256

Len's Summary: Based on primary sources, this is the story of the often brutal German regime in occupied France. First published by I. B. Tauris in 2011.

Get Tough Stay Tough: Shaping the Canadian Corps, 1914-1918

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ISBN: 9781909982864
Published by Helion on October 30th 2014
Genres: History, Canada, Military, World War I
Pages: 424

Len's Summary: How “the shock troops of the British Empire” were trained and motivated.

In Battle and Captivity 1916-1918: A British Officer’s Memoirs of the Trenches and a German Prison Camp

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ISBN: 1783463120
Published by Pen & Sword Books on September 1st 2014
Genres: Biographies and Memoirs, Military, Personal Memoirs, World War I
Pages: 160

Len's Summary: Captain Nobbs was grievously wounded leading his company on the Somme, captured and later exchanged after three months in a German POW camp.

Behind the Lines: WWI’s little-known story of German occupation, Belgian resistance, and the band of Yanks who helped save millions from starvation

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ISBN: 9780990689300
Published by Milbrown Press on September 16th 2014
Genres: Belgium, Germany, Military, World War I
Pages: 442

Len's Summary: The story of the start-up operations of the Committee on Belgian Relief headed by Herbert Hoover which fed more than nine million Belgians and French trapped behind German lines.

Briffault’s Passchendaele: Arts, Empathy, and the First World War

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ISBN: 9780945213345
Published by Rudi Publishing on November 11th 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Literary, World War I
Pages: 222

Len's Summary: An attempt to find meaning in The Great War and the world it created.

‘A Moonlight Massacre’ – The Night Operation on the Passchendaele Ridge, 2 December 1917: The Forgotten Last Act of the Third Battle of Ypres

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ISBN: 9781909982925
Published by Helion on December 4th 2014
Genres: Military, Strategy, World War I
Pages: 432

Len's Summary: The final, climactic act in the Third Ypres Battle.

Attack on Orleans: The World War I Submarine Raid on Cape Cod

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ISBN: 9781626194908
Published by The History Press on June 10th 2014
Genres: Military, Naval, United States, World War I
Pages: 128

Len's Summary: The first attack in American shores since the War of 1812 occurred when a long-range U-Boat shelled a string of coastal barges off Nauset Beach.

Catching the Torch: Contemporary Canadian Literary Responses to World War I

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ISBN: 9781554589869
Published by Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press on March 25th 2014
Genres: Literary Criticism, Canadian, History, Military, World War I
Pages: 222

Len's Summary: Examines recently published plays and novels about Canada’s contribution to WWI.

Send in the Alabamians: World War Fighters in the Rainbow Division,

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ISBN: 9780817318383
Published by University of Alabama Press on May 13th 2014
Genres: History, Military, World War I, United States, State & Local
Pages: 344

Len's Summary: index, ISBN 978 0 8173 1838 3, 34.95 hb. The story of the 167th Infantry Regiment, Alabama National Guard. It is not only Pen & Sword that can publish regimental histories.

Remembering World War I: An Engineer’s Diary of the War

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ISBN: 9780692028612
Published by Juliet Publishing on August 27th 2014
Genres: Diaries & Journals, Personal Accounts, Personal Memoirs, World War I
Pages: 192

Len's Summary: A volunteer AEF engineer sergeant tells his story.

The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War

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ISBN: 9780802123251
Published by Grove Press on June 3rd 2014
Genres: History, Europe, Eastern, Military, World War I, Austria & Hungary
Pages: 326

Len's Summary: The story of Gavrilo Princip whose assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand sparked WWI. A history Book Club selection.

Torpedo: The Complete History of the World’s Most Revolutionary Naval Weapon

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ISBN: 1591141931
Published by US Naval Institute Press on August 15th 2014
Genres: Military, Naval, World War I
Pages: 256

Len's Summary: The greatest single game-changer in naval warfare allowing small, inexpensive torpedo-firing ships to menace dreadnoughts.

Paris at the End of the World: The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918

Paris at the End of the World: The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918Paris at the End of the World: The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918 by John Baxter
ISBN: 9780062221407
Published by Harper Perennial on April 15th 2014
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Europe, France, Travel
Pages: 416

Len's Summary: Paris and Parisians survive and even thrive during WWI as the City of Lights blazes brightly.

Major & Mrs. Holt’s Concise Illustrated Battlefield Guide to the Western Front – North

Major & Mrs. Holt’s Concise Illustrated Battlefield Guide to the Western Front – NorthMajor & Mrs. Holt’s Concise Illustrated Battlefield Guide to the Western Front - North by Tonie Holt, Valmai Holt
ISBN: 1781593973
Published by Pen & Sword Books on August 19th 2014
Genres: Travel, World War I
Pages: 368

Len's Summary: An excellent Guidebook to the Ypres, Yser, Vimy Ridge, Arras and other Flanders battlefields with concise descriptions of the battles from 1914 to 1918 and directions for tours and routes.

Salient Points Four (Cameos of the Western Front)

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ISBN: 0850529328
Published by Pen & Sword Books on September 1st 2005
Genres: Travel, World War I
Pages: 146

Len's Summary: Another battlefield guide in the Cameos of the Western Front Series written by two experienced WWI historians and covering the Ploegsteert and Neuve Eglise sectors of the BEF line in Belgium.

The Somme: Ninety Years on – A Visual History

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ISBN: 9781405317474
Published by Dorling Kindersley on June 1st 2006
Genres: Europe, World War I
Pages: 226

Len's Summary: A then-and-now photo history with a synopsis of the battle.

Middlebrook Guide to the Somme Battlefields

Middlebrook Guide to the Somme BattlefieldsMiddlebrook Guide to the Somme Battlefields by Mary Middlebrook, Martin Middlebrook
ISBN: 1844155331
Published by Pen & Sword Books on October 1st 2007
Genres: Reference, Travel, World War I
Pages: 383

Len's Summary: A new guide by the author of the iconic First Day on the Somme.

Sergeant York of the Argonne Tour Guide

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ISBN: 0955938600
Published by Ennogra Forest on 2008
Genres: Reference, Travel, World War I
Pages: 76

Len's Summary: A new, concise portable guide for battlefield travelers visiting the Argonne Forest and the now-well-marked site where the legendary Alvin York won his Medal of Honor in 1918.

American Battlefields of World War I: Château-Thierry — Then and Now, Vol. 1: Enter the Yanks

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ISBN: 9780970244307
Published by Battleground Productions on January 1st 2006
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Essays, Photography
Pages: 304

Len's Summary: First in a new series of guides, the first new guides to American battlefields in many years.

Major & Mrs. Holt’s Pocket Battlefield Guide to Ypres and Passchendaele

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ISBN: 9781844153770
Published by Casemate Publishers on September 15th 2006
Genres: Travel, World War I
Pages: 128

Len's Summary: Includes 1st, 2nd and 3rd (Passchendaele) and 4th Ypres (Lys).

Major & Mrs. Holt’s Pocket Battlefield Guide to the Somme Battles

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ISBN: 1844153959
Published by Pen & Sword Books on August 2nd 2006
Genres: Travel, World War I
Pages: 112

Len's Summary: Covers the 1916 battles, the Kaiser’s Offensive of March-April 1918 and the American-Canadian sectors of 1918. // Battlefield details capturing essential features and tourist information.

Walking Verdun: A Guide to the Battlefield

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ISBN: 1844158675
Published by Pen & Sword Books on July 2009
Genres: Travel, World War I
Pages: 176

Len's Summary: A new guide book from one of the most knowledgeable Western Front historians and guides. // A New work by long-time battlefield guide and WFA member who also wrote an earlier Pen & Sword book on Ft. Douaumont.

Somme 1916: A Battlefield Companion

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ISBN: 0752453351
Published by The History Press on January 1st 2010
Genres: Reference, World War I
Pages: 560

Len's Summary: A reference work first published as As the Barrage Lifts in 1987 and updated for the 90th anniversary of the Somme battle.

Historical Maps of World War I

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ISBN: 1856487342
Published by PRC Publishing on August 1st 2004
Genres: Atlases, Gazetteers & Maps, World War I
Pages: 144

Len's Summary: One hundred twenty five contemporary maps including trench maps covering the entire war with emphasis on the Western Front, but including Palestine, Gallipoli, Salonica, the Italian Front, the Caucasus and East Africa as well as the war as sea. Also contains graphs and maps showing orders of battle, railways, locations of hospitals and supply dumps, U-boat sinkings, shell supplies and other salient features of the conflict including war aims.

ANZACS on the Western Front: The Australian War Memorial Battlefield Guide

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ISBN: 9781742169811
Published by Wiley on December 19th 2011
Genres: Australia & New Zealand, World War I
Pages: 600

Len's Summary: Walking and driving tours of 28 battlefields (every major Anzac engagement) including tactical considerations and excerpts from Digger soldiers’ writings.

Fields of War: A Visitor’s Guide to Fifty Key Battlefields in France & Belgium

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ISBN: 9780982367704
Published by French Battlefields on January 1st 2009
Genres: History, Military, World War I, World War II, Travel, Europe, France
Pages: 407

Len's Summary: A guide to 600 years of warfare in northwestern France and Flanders; from Crecy to Bastogne. Order from sales@frenchbattlefields.com or fax (224) 735-4378.