The Tomlinson Book Prize

Professors Robert Gerwarth and Richard Faulkner awarded the 2017 Tomlinson prize for their World War One books

Tomlinson Placque

The World War One Historical Association (WW1HA) annual Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr., prize for 2017 for the best work of history in English on World War One (1914-1918) has been awarded to two exceptional historians: Robert Gerwarth for his The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End (Farrar, Straus & Giroux); and Richard Faulkner for Pershing’s Crusaders: The American Soldier in World War I (University Press of Kansas).

This is the third time that multiple books won the Tomlinson prize. Three 2010 titles shared the award presented in 2011, and again in 2017 for books published in 2016.

The prize consists of a cash award plus a bronze plaque sculpted by Andrew L. Chernak, a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran whose sculptures are installed at Arlington Cemetery and state and private parks.

The prize is made possible through a grant from Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr., Director-emeritus of The Western Front Association – United States Branch.

How to Submit a Book for Consideration

Historians Dennis Showalter, Graydon Tunstall, Michael Neiberg, and Publisher of World War One Illustrated magazine Dana Lombardy form the prize jury for the Norman B. Tomlinson Prize, awarded annually by the World War One Historical Association to the best English-language book(s) on World War I. Normally the prize is awarded in the year following the calendar year of publication, but there are occasional exceptions to that policy. For information on how to submit books for the prize, email or

Previous Winners


For the second time in its history, three books share the Tomlinson prize:

Dennis Showalter for Instrument of War: The German Army 1914-1918
(Osprey Publishing)

Michael S. Neiberg for The Path to War: How the First World War
Created Modern America
(Oxford University Press)

Graydon Tunstall for Written in Blood: The Battle for Fortress
Przemysl in WWI
(Indiana University Press)


Serbia and the Balkan
Front, 1914: The Outbreak of the Great War
by James Lyon
Bloomsbury Publishing
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Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War

by Paul Jankowski
Oxford University Press, 2014

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Planning Armageddon: British Economic Warfare
and the First World War
by Nicholas A. Lambert
Harvard University Press, 2012


The Romanian Battlefront in World War I 

by Glenn E. Torrey
The University of Kansas Press, 2012


The Russian Origins of the First World War 

by Sean McMeekin
Harvard University Press, 2011


The Final Battle: Soldiers of the Western Front in the German Revolution of 1918 

by D. Scott Stephenson
Cambridge University Press, 2010

At the committee’s discretion, honorable mention awards in the amount of $1.000 can be designated. Two such awards were made in 2010:
Graydon “Jack” Tunstall for Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915(University Press of Kansas 2010)

Richard L. DiNardo for The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915 (Praeger 2010)


Bloody Victory: The Sacrifice on the Somme and
the Making of the Twentieth Century 
by William J. Philpott
Little Brown, 2009


The Second Battle of the Marne 

by Michael Neiberg
University of Indiana Press, 2008


To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918

by Edward Lengel
Henry Holt & Company, 2008


Pyrrhic Victory:
French Strategy and Operations in the Great War
by Brigadier General
Robert A. Doughty
Harvard University Press


Fighting Different Wars: Experience, Memory and the First World War in Britain

by Janet S.K. Watson
Cambridge University Press


A Fraternity of Arms:
America and France in the Great War
by Robert B. Bruce
University of Kansas Press


France and The Great War, 1914-1918

by Leonard V. Smith, Stephane
Audoin-Rouzeau & Annette Becker
Cambridge University Press


German Atrocities, 1914:
A History of Denial
by John Horne & Alan Kramer,
Yale University Press


The First World War Volume I: To Arms

by Hew Strachan,
Oxford University Press


Sir John Fisher’s Naval Revolution

by Nicholas A. Lambert,
University of South Carolina Press


The First World War:
Germany and Austria-Hungary, 1914-1918
by Holger H. Herwig,
Edward Arnold Publishing

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