The British Imperial Army in the Middle East: Morale and Military Identity in the Sinai and Palestine Campaigns, 1916-1918

The British Imperial Army in the Middle East:  Morale and Military Identity in the Sinai and Palestine Campaigns, 1916-1918The British Imperial Army in the Middle East: Morale and Military Identity in the Sinai and Palestine Campaigns, 1916-18 by James E. Kitchen
ISBN: 1474247857
Published by Bloomsbury Academic on July 30, 2015
Genres: Reference
Pages: 320

The 1918 battles in the Sinai and Palestine ultimately destroyed the Ottoman Empire and paved the way for the British and French to redraw the Middle East map and create the unstable nations whose dramas still give indigestion to diplomats a century later.

This excellent book has received numerous accolades, including Kristian Ulrichsen in the Journal of Palestine Studies: “Kitchen’s meticulously researched book makes extensive use of primary source materials ranging from contemporary soldiers’ letters and official (and unofficial) documentation to postwar memoirs and oral historiography.” The (UK) Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research called it “…a breakthrough work….”

When General Sir Edmund Allenby assumed command from the lackluster Archibald Murray in the fall of 1917, he injected new confidence into a demoralized staff officer corps and vastly improved training. Fresh reinforcements of newly recruited British Indian Army formations performed well in the battles against the still formidable Ottoman Army. What started out as a defense of the Suez Canal became a war of imperial expansion far more vicious and sophisticated than the over-rated and over-hyped hit-and-run campaign orchestrated by T. E. Lawrence.

Reviewed by Len Shurtleff, former president of WW1HA

Germany and the Causes of the First World War

Germany and the Causes of the First World WarGermany and the Causes of the First World War by Mark Hewitson
ISBN: 1859738702
Published by Bloomsbury Academic on January 1st 2005
Genres: Germany
Pages: 224

Len's Summary: A response to revisionist historians who have allegedly attempted to refute Fritz Fischer's arguments, assertions and analyses that Imperial Germany's leaders were convinced they could win a continental war. Assumes a thorough knowledge of the historiography of WWI. Not for general readers.

French Women and the First World War: War Stories of the Home Front

French Women and the First World War: War Stories of the Home FrontFrench Women and the First World War: War Stories of the Home Front by Margaret H. Darrow
ISBN: 9781859733660
Published by Bloomsbury Academic on August 1st 2000
Genres: History, Europe, France, Military, World War I, Social Science, Women's Studies
Pages: 341

POWs and the Great War: Captivity on the Eastern Front

POWs and the Great War: Captivity on the Eastern FrontPOWs and the Great War: Captivity on the Eastern Front by Alon Rachamimov
ISBN: 9781859735787
Published by Bloomsbury Academic on July 1st 2002
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 259

Len's Summary: For a wider treatment of this subject see: Prisoners, Diplomats and the Great War: A Study in the Diplomacy of Captivity, Richard B. Speed, III, Greenwood, Westport, 1990, 256 pages, index, maps, ISBN 0-313-26729-4, $55.00 hardback.

The Oil Hunters: Exploration and Espionage in the Middle East

The Oil Hunters: Exploration and Espionage in the Middle EastThe Oil Hunters: Exploration and Espionage in the Middle East by Roger Howard
ISBN: 9781847252326
Published by Bloomsbury Academic on July 15th 2008
Genres: History, Middle East, General
Pages: 224

Len's Summary: Anecdotal history of the search for oil in the Middle East from 1880 to 1940, including the 1908 discovery of oil in Persia and Mesopotamia which had a vast impact on WWI and the post-war world.

Unlikely Allies: Britain, America and the Victorian Origins of the Special Relationship

Unlikely Allies: Britain, America and the Victorian Origins of the Special RelationshipUnlikely Allies: Britain, America and the Victorian Origins of the Special Relationship by Duncan Andrew Campbell
ISBN: 1847251919
Published by Bloomsbury Academic on February 1st 2008
Genres: History, United States, General, Political Science, International Relations, Europe, Great Britain
Pages: 320

Len's Summary: Putting aside residual antagonisms stemming from the War of 1812, America and Great Britain lay the basis for an alliance that survived two world wars and is still operative today.

Spies of the First World War: Under Cover for King and Kaiser

Spies of the First World War: Under Cover for King and KaiserSpies of the First World War: Under Cover for King and Kaiser by James Morton
ISBN: 9781905615469
Published by Bloomsbury Academic on May 17th 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Modern, 20th Century, Great Britain
Pages: 272

Len's Summary: Drawing from published and unpublished sources, the author cut through the legends surrounding WWI espionage.