The Tomlinson Book Prize

Authors Jonathan Boff, David T. Zabecki, and Jörn Leonhard awarded the 2018 Tomlinson prize for their World War One books; new Honorable Mention category goes to Heather Streets-Salter

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The World War One Historical Association (WW1HA) annual Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr., prize for 2018 for the best work of history in English on World War One (1914-1918) has been awarded to three exceptional historians: Jonathan Boff for his Haig’s Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany’s War on the Western Front (Oxford University Press), David T. Zabecki’s The Generals’ War: Operational Level Command on the Western Front in 1918 (Indiana University Press), and Jörn Leonhard for Pandora’s Box: A History of the First World War (The Belknap Press of Harvard Univerity Press).

For the first time, a book was awarded an Honorable Mention: Heather Streets-Salter’s World War One in Southeast Asia: Colonialism and Anticolonialism in an Era of Global Conflict (Cambridge University Press).

This is the fourth time that multiple books won the Tomlinson prize. Three 2010 titles shared the award presented in 2011, and again in 2017 for three books published in 2016, and two books published in 2017 received the award in 2018.

The Tomlinson prize consists of a cash award and original 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:

Honorable Mention awards consist of an original bronze plaque sculpted by Chernak.

Both awards are made possible through a grant from Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr., Director-emeritus of The Western Front Association – United States Branch. (WFA-US became the World War One Historical Association in 2011.)

How to Submit a Book for Consideration

Historians Dennis Showalter, Graydon Tunstall, and Michael Neiberg, plus Editor of the WW1HA Tomlinson Prize Review of World War One Books 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



The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End
By Robert Gerwarth
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017

Pershing’s Crusaders: The American Soldier in World War
By Richard Faulkner
University Press of Kansas, 2017


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

Instrument of War: The German Army 1914-1918
By Dennis Showalter
Osprey Publishing, 2016

The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America
By Michael S. Neiberg
Oxford University Press, 2016

Written in Blood: The Battle for Fortress Przemysl in WWI
By Graydon “Jack” Tunstall
Indiana University Press, 2016


Serbia and the Balkan Front, 1914: The Outbreak of the Great War
By James Lyon
Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015
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Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War
By Paul Jankowski
Oxford University Press, 2013
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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 Press of Kansas, 2011


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, 2009

Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915
By Graydon “Jack” Tunstall
University Press of Kansas, 2010

Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915
By Richard L. DiNardo
Praeger, 2010


Bloody Victory: The Sacrifice on the Somme and the Making of the Twentieth Century
By William James 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, USA (Ret.)
Harvard University Press, 2005


Fighting Different Wars: Experience, Memory and the First World War in Britain
By Janet S. K. Watson
Cambridge University Press, 2004


A Fraternity of Arms: America and France in the Great War
By Robert B. Bruce
University Press of Kansas, 2003


France and The Great War, 1914-1918
By Leonard V. Smith, Stephane Audoin-Rouzeau & Annette Becker
Cambridge University Press, 2002


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, 2001


Sir John Fisher’s Naval Revolution
By Nicholas A. Lambert
University of South Carolina Press, 1999


The First World War: Germany and Austria-Hungary, 1914-1918
By Holger H. Herwig
Edward Arnold Publishing, 1997
A second edition was published by Bloomsbury in 2014 with new material on the domestic front and internal political and ethnic fissures.

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