Army Service Corps, 1902-1918

Army Service Corps, 1902-1918Army Service Corps, 1902-1918 by Michael Young, Richard Holmes
ISBN: 0850527309
Published by Leo Cooper on July 1st 2000
Genres: General, Military, United States
Pages: 406

Len's Summary: A history of the worldwide operations of the British Army Service Corps in WWI replete with maps, b&w illustrations, biographies of key officers and tables of Corps organization.

A Military Atlas of the First World War

A Military Atlas of the First World WarA Military Atlas of the First World War by Arthur Banks
ISBN: 9780850527919
Published by Leo Cooper on September 13th 2000
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Reference
Pages: 337

Len's Summary: First paperback edition of a fine standard reference work with 250 maps.

The Home Front in the Great War

The Home Front in the Great WarThe Home Front in the Great War by David Bilton
ISBN: 1844150682
Published by Leo Cooper on December 2003
Genres: Behavioral Sciences, Military, World War I
Pages: 256

Len's Summary: Available from Casemate Publishing.

Featured Review

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

The Hell They Called High Wood: The Somme 1916

The Hell They Called High Wood: The Somme 1916The Hell They Called High Wood: The Somme 1916 by Terry Norman
ISBN: 9780850529869
Published by Leo Cooper on June 30th 2003
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 256

Len's Summary: Study of a bloody series of battles at a focal point of the Somme Campaign of 1916.