Over the Top: Alternate Histories of the First World War

Over the Top: Alternate Histories of the First World WarOver the Top: Alternate Histories of the First World War by Peter G. Tsouras, Spencer Jones
ISBN: 1848327536
Published by Frontline Books on October 1, 2014
Genres: Reference
Pages: 240

One of the intellectual challenges and delights of reading history is imagining how past events could have followed different paths. This anthology offers ten short alternate histories, each driven by a single change to the First World War’s actual history. In one the Brusilov Offensive is more successful than it was, as the Russian Empire defeats the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and as a result the 1917 Russian Revolution never occurs. [Others] include a German breakthrough at the First Battle of Ypres (1914), a British amphibious attack on the Ottoman port of Alexandretta, the Greeks joining the Entente at Gallipoli to seize Istanbul, Teddy Roosevelt elected president in 1912 and taking America into the war in 1915, a clear British victory at Jutland, a clear British victory at the Somme, plus an earlier and more massive deployment of tanks on the Western Front.

The deviations from history are thought provoking, giving readers a good sense of just how many different ways the Great War could have gone, and shedding insight into strategic decision-making.

Abridged from review by Bryan Alexander in RoadstotheGreatWar-ww1.blogspot.com/

Twelve Days on the Somme: A Memoir of the Trenches, 1916

Twelve Days on the Somme: A Memoir of the Trenches, 1916Twelve Days on the Somme: A Memoir of the Trenches, 1916 by Sidney Rogerson
ISBN: 9781848325340
Published by Frontline Books on July 2009
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 172

Len's Summary: Memoirs of a British subaltern first published in 1933; vivid descriptions with out embellishment of life on the front lines written by a survivor of the 1916 Somme offensive. Unabashedly intended as an antidote to the usual downbeat 1930's war memoir.

The Secret Battle: A Tragedy of the First World War

The Secret Battle: A Tragedy of the First World WarThe Secret Battle: A Tragedy of the First World War by A.P. Herbert, Winston S. Churchill, Malcolm Brown
ISBN: 1848325215
Published by Frontline Books on April 1st 2009
Genres: History, Military, General
Pages: 216

Len's Summary: The fictionalized story of an idealistic young British officer first published in 1919. // First published by Methuen in 1919 and in print virtually ever since, this semi-autobiographical novel follows the career of a young man who left Oxford to enlist later taking a commission and serving at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. This was the first book to freely discuss executions for desertion in the British forces.

The German Army Handbook of 1918

The German Army Handbook of 1918The German Army Handbook of 1918 by David Nash, James Beach
ISBN: 1844157113
Published by Pen & Sword Books on February 1st 2008
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 186

Len's Summary: Compiled by British intelligence as a comprehensive assessment of the German Army organization, tactics and equipment at the end of WWI.

The Distant Drum: A Memoir of a Guardsman in the Great War

The Distant Drum: A Memoir of a Guardsman in the Great WarThe Distant Drum: A Memoir of a Guardsman in the Great War by F.E. Noakes
ISBN: 9781848325630
Published by Frontline Books on July 12th 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Great Britain
Pages: 256

Len's Summary: First published privately in 1952 this is the memoir of a Grenadier Guardsman who served during the final 18 months of the war. Available from www.casematepublishing.com.

Ace of the Black Cross: The Memoirs of Ernst Udet

Ace of the Black Cross: The Memoirs of Ernst UdetAce of the Black Cross: The Memoirs of Ernst Udet by Ernst Udet
ISBN: 9781848327085
Published by Frontline Books on October 2013
Genres: Aviation, Biography & Autobiography, Military, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 202

Len's Summary: With an introductory essay placing Udet’s career in the context of his time. // Autobiography of Germany’s second leading WWI ace first published in 1936.

Confusion of Command: The Memoirs of Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas D’Oyly ‘Snowball ‘Snow, 1914-1918

Confusion of Command: The Memoirs of Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas D’Oyly ‘Snowball ‘Snow, 1914-1918Confusion of Command: The Memoirs of Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas D'Oyly 'Snowball 'Snow, 1914-1918 by Thomas D'Oyly Snow
ISBN: 1848325754
Published by Frontline Books on February 1st 2011
Genres: Military, Personal Memoirs, World War I
Pages: 228

Len's Summary: Western Front memoirs of a BEF general.

The Last of the Ebb: The Battle of the Aisne, 1918

The Last of the Ebb: The Battle of the Aisne, 1918The Last of the Ebb: The Battle of the Aisne, 1918 by Sidney Rogerson
ISBN: 9781848326118
Published by Frontline Books on January 26th 2012
Genres: History, Military, General
Pages: 192

Len's Summary: The experiences of a young West Yorkshire officer in the spring of 1918.

The Battle of the Bellicourt Tunnel: Tommies, Diggers and Doughboys on the Hindenburg Line, 1918

The Battle of the Bellicourt Tunnel: Tommies, Diggers and Doughboys on the Hindenburg Line, 1918The Battle of the Bellicourt Tunnel: Tommies, Diggers and Doughboys on the Hindenburg Line, 1918 by Dale Blair
ISBN: 9781848325876
Published by Frontline Books on April 21st 2011
Genres: History, Medieval
Pages: 208

Len's Summary: The author judges this fight to have been a draw and says Aussie commander Sir John Monash overestimated the abilities of untried American II Corps.

The March on Paris: The Memoirs of Alexander von Kluck, 1914-1918

The March on Paris: The Memoirs of Alexander von Kluck, 1914-1918The March on Paris: The Memoirs of Alexander von Kluck, 1914-1918 by Alexander Von Kluck
ISBN: 1848326394
Published by Frontline Books on April 19th 2012
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, General, History, Military, World War I, Modern, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 134

Len's Summary: By the commander of the extreme right flank of the German attack in 1914.