The Western Front: Battleground and Home Front in the First World War

The Western Front: Battleground and Home Front in the First World WarThe Western Front: Battleground and Home Front in the First World War by Hunt Tooley
ISBN: 9780333650639
Published by Palgrave Macmillan on August 16th 2003
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 368

Len's Summary: Synthesizes much earlier scholarship with particular analysis of the lasting social and political impact of the conflict on the home fronts of the belligerent powers. Dr. Tooley teaches history at Austin College, Texas and is the author of National Identity, and Weimar Germany: Upper Silesia and the Eastern Border, 1918-1922 (Nebraska, 1997).

Ireland, the Great War and the Geography of Remembrance

Ireland, the Great War and the Geography of RemembranceIreland, the Great War and the Geography of Remembrance by Nuala C. Johnson
ISBN: 9780521826167
Published by Cambridge University Press on May 29th 2003
Genres: History, Europe, Great Britain, Ireland, Historical Geography, Science, Earth Sciences, Geography
Pages: 192

Len's Summary: Also recommended: Dr. Edward Brynn’s article on The Conscription Debate in Ireland during the First World War presented at the September 2005 WFA national seminar at Newport News and available from Carl Barna at kmbarna@msn.com

Irish Regiments in the Great War: Discipline and Morale

Irish Regiments in the Great War: Discipline and MoraleIrish Regiments in the Great War: Discipline and Morale by Timothy Bowman
ISBN: 9780719062858
Published by Manchester University Press on February 6th 2006
Genres: History, Europe, Great Britain, Ireland, Military, World War I, Technology & Engineering, Military Science
Pages: 256

Wingless Eagle: U.S. Army Aviation through World War I

Wingless Eagle: U.S. Army Aviation through World War IWingless Eagle: U.S. Army Aviation through World War I by Herbert A. Johnson
ISBN: 9780807860236
Published by Univ of North Carolina Press on April 3rd 2003
Genres: History, United States, General, Military, Aviation
Pages: 320

Russian Sideshow: America’s Undeclared War, 1918-1920

Russian Sideshow: America’s Undeclared War, 1918-1920Russian Sideshow: America's Undeclared War, 1918-1920 by Robert L. Willett
ISBN: 9781574884296
Published by Brassey's on November 30th 2003
Genres: General, Military, Russia & the Former Soviet Union, United States, World War I
Pages: 352

Len's Summary: The author, writing on American armed intervention in Northern Russia and Siberia, is a retired businessman and resident of Florida, is a WFA member and spoke at our February 2001 Citadel seminar.

Race to the Front: The Materiel Foundations of Coalition Strategy in the Great War

Race to the Front: The Materiel Foundations of Coalition Strategy in the Great WarRace to the Front: The Materiel Foundations of Coalition Strategy in the Great War by Kevin D. Stubbs
ISBN: 9780275972998
Published by Greenwood Publishing Group on January 1st 2002
Genres: Economic History, Europe, General, Military, Strategy, World War I
Pages: 373

Britain, France and the Naval Arms Trade in the Baltic, 1919 -1939: Grand Strategy and Failure

Britain, France and the Naval Arms Trade in the Baltic, 1919 -1939: Grand Strategy and FailureBritain, France and the Naval Arms Trade in the Baltic, 1919 -1939: Grand Strategy and Failure by Donald Stoker
ISBN: 9780415646192
Published by Routledge on July 21st 2004
Genres: France, Great Britain, Military, Naval
Pages: 256

Good Americans: Italian and Jewish Immigrants During the First World War

Good Americans: Italian and Jewish Immigrants During the First World WarGood Americans: Italian and Jewish Immigrants During the First World War by Christopher M. Sterba
ISBN: 0195154886
Published by Oxford University Press on March 1st 2003
Genres: Minority Studies, United States, World War I
Pages: 288

The Cross and the Trenches: Religious Faith and Doubt among British and American Great War Soldiers

The Cross and the Trenches: Religious Faith and Doubt among British and American Great War SoldiersThe Cross and the Trenches: Religious Faith and Doubt among British and American Great War Soldiers by Richard Schweitzer
ISBN: 9780313318382
Published by Praeger Publishers on January 1st 2003
Genres: History, Historiography, Military, World War I, Religion
Pages: 311

Dream Of Civilized Warfare: World War 1 Flying Aces and the American Imagination

Dream Of Civilized Warfare: World War 1 Flying Aces and the American ImaginationDream Of Civilized Warfare: World War 1 Flying Aces and the American Imagination by Linda R. Robertson
ISBN: 0816642702
Published by Univ Of Minnesota Press on October 8th 2003
Genres: Aviation, Military, United States
Pages: 502

Len's Summary: First published as a hard cover in 2003, this book looks at the earliest development of a new weapon and traces the origins of America's yearning to wage war without risking soldiers' lives.

Female Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World War

Female Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World WarFemale Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World War by Tammy M. Proctor
ISBN: 0814766935
Published by New York University Press on June 1st 2003
Genres: Great Britain, Military, Social Science, Women's Studies
Pages: 224

Len's Summary: Mata Hari and much, much more of relevance at a time when 30% of new CIA case officers are females.

The Kaiser: New Research on Wilhelm II’s Role in Imperial Germany

The Kaiser: New Research on Wilhelm II’s Role in Imperial GermanyThe Kaiser: New Research on Wilhelm II’s Role in Imperial Germany by Annika Mombauer, Wilhelm Deist
ISBN: 0521824087
Published by Cambridge University Press on November 17th 2003
Genres: History, Europe, General, Biography & Autobiography, World, Military, World War I
Pages: 299

Len's Summary: Analyses a complex political system and a complex ruler under severe wartime stress.

Captain Staniland’s Journey: The North Midland Territorials Go to War

Captain Staniland’s Journey: The North Midland Territorials Go to WarCaptain Staniland's Journey: The North Midland Territorials Go to War by Martin Middlebrook
ISBN: 0850529964
Published by Pen & Sword Books on September 1st 2003
Genres: History, Europe, Great Britain, Military, World War I
Pages: 224

The U-boats of World War I

The U-boats of World War IThe U-boats of World War I by Kelly K. Lydon
ISBN: 0-9663091-0-3
on 2003
Genres: Military, Naval, World War I
Pages: 125

Len's Summary: Dozens of excellent photos of such subjects as the GermanU-boat pens at Brugges, Belgium; details on the development of the Imperial German U-boat fleet and specifications of the several classes of early submarines,their armament including deck guns, torpedoes and mines, their manning and propulsion.

Nationalizing the Russian Empire: The Campaign against Enemy Aliens during World War I

Nationalizing the Russian Empire: The Campaign against Enemy Aliens during World War INationalizing the Russian Empire: The Campaign against Enemy Aliens during World War I by Eric Lohr
ISBN: 0674010418
Published by Harvard University Press on May 15th 2003
Genres: History, Europe, General, Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Pages: 237

Len's Summary: Study of the treatment of “enemy” minorities during WWI. Mass deportations, property seizures, purges and popular violence impacted on millions of Russians of German and Jewish origin, as well as Muslims. Read in conjunction with A Whole Empire Walking by Peter Gatrell (Indiana, 1999) described elsewhere on these pages.

The Politics of War: The Story of Two Wars Which Altered Forever the Political Life of the American Republic

The Politics of War: The Story of Two Wars Which Altered Forever the Political Life of the American RepublicThe Politics of War: The Story of Two Wars Which Altered Forever the Political Life of the American Republic by Walter Karp
ISBN: 9781879957558
Published by Franklin Square Press on 2003
Genres: Political Science, United States
Pages: 384

Len's Summary: Reprint of a 1979 monograph which takes an unvarnished and unflattering look at how domestic politics shaped the foreign policy of the Progressive Era and America emergence after 1898 as a world power. Recommended by the editors of American Heritage.

Wielding the Dagger: The MarineKorps Flandern and the German War Effort, 1914-1918

Wielding the Dagger: The MarineKorps Flandern and the German War Effort, 1914-1918Wielding the Dagger: The MarineKorps Flandern and the German War Effort, 1914-1918 by Mark D. Karau
ISBN: 9780313324758
Published by Praeger on October 30th 2003
Genres: History, Europe, General, Germany, Military, World War I
Pages: 268

Len's Summary: Two divisions made up of naval reservists were formed and deployed as infantry and artillerymen on the Flanders coast in 1914. Many of them and their officers are buried at Vladslo and other German cemeteries in Belgium which we visited on our April 2003 tour of the Ypres Salient. // The little known story of a two-division-sized German submarine-destroyer and naval infantry-artillery group operating in Belgian Flanders.

The Casualty Issue in American Military Practice: The Impact of World War I

The Casualty Issue in American Military Practice: The Impact of World War IThe Casualty Issue in American Military Practice: The Impact of World War I by Evan Andrew Huelfer
ISBN: 9780275977603
Published by Greenwood Publishing Group on October 30th 2003
Genres: Military Science, Technology & Engineering, United States
Pages: 244

Len's Summary: Tracing continuing aversion to battle casualties back to 1917-1918.

Hemingway on War

Hemingway on WarHemingway on War by Ernest Hemingway
ISBN: 0743243269
Published by Scribner on November 4th 2003
Genres: Essays, Literary, World War I
Pages: 384

Len's Summary: Includes Great War era short stories and an excerpt from A Farewell to Arms concerning the retreat from Caporetto, as well as Hemingway correspondence on WWI and its aftermath.

Harlem’s Hell Fighters: The African-American 369th Infantry in World War I

Harlem’s Hell Fighters: The African-American 369th Infantry in World War IHarlem's Hell Fighters: The African-American 369th Infantry in World War I by Stephen L. Harris
ISBN: 9781574883862
Published by Potomac Books on June 6th 2003
Genres: History, Military, General, World War I, Social Science, Ethnic Studies
Pages: 302

Len's Summary: By the author of Duty, Honor, Privilege — New York City’s Silk Stocking Regiment and the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line. Look for a review by Doug Fisher in a future issue of ‘Stand To!’

The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War: The Northern Patrol, 1914-1928

The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War: The Northern Patrol, 1914-1928The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War: The Northern Patrol, 1914-1928 by John D. Grainger
ISBN: 0754635368
Published by Ashgate Publishing on August 28th 2003
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Naval

Len's Summary: The little known story of enforcing the Royal Navy’s “distant blockade” largely employing thin-skinned armed merchant cruisers that become an increasingly effective force as the war wore on.

Trial by Fire: Command and the British Expeditionary Force in 1914

Trial by Fire: Command and the British Expeditionary Force in 1914Trial by Fire: Command and the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 by Nikolas Gardner
ISBN: 9780313324734
Published by Greenwood Publishing Group on August 30th 2003
Genres: History, Europe, General, Great Britain, Military, World War I
Pages: 259

Len's Summary: The small, regular British army faces unfamiliar warfare in Europe from August to November 1914. Breaks no new ground.

The War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, the Great War, and the Rise of the Messianic Nation

The War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, the Great War, and the Rise of the Messianic NationThe War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, the Great War, and the Rise of the Messianic Nation by Richard M. Gamble
ISBN: 1932236147
Published by Intercollegiate Studies Institute on March 4th 2004
Genres: History, United States, Religion, Christianity
Pages: 306

Len's Summary: How American progressive Christian leaders moved from pacifism to support for Mr. Wilson’s war and the League of Nations: war seen as redemption.

Europe’s Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?

Europe’s Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?Europe's Last Summer Who Started the Great War in 1914 by David Fromkin
ISBN: 9780375411564
Published by Knopf on March 23rd 2004
Genres: History, Europe, General, Military, World War I, Political Science, Security (National & International)
Pages: 349

Len's Summary: By the author of A Peace to End all Peace on postwar redrawing of the map in the Mid East. Fromkin lays the blame for WWI on Germany. Little new here; the current work edited by Holger Herwig and Richard Hamilton, The Origins of World War I (Cambridge 2003) is far more enlightening.

Illusion of Victory: America in World War I

Illusion of Victory: America in World War IThe Illusion Of Victory: America In World War I by Thomas J. Fleming
ISBN: 9780465024674
Published by Basic Books on May 28th 2003
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 543

Len's Summary: Touted by the publisher as revisionist history. Hard on Woodrow Wilson and perfidious Albion. Watch for a forthcoming review in Stand To!

Defeat in Detail: The Ottoman Army in the Balkans, 1912-1913

Defeat in Detail: The Ottoman Army in the Balkans, 1912-1913Defeat in Detail: The Ottoman Army in the Balkans, 1912-1913 by Edward J Erickson
ISBN: 9780275978884
Published by Greenwood Publishing Group on February 28th 2003
Genres: History, Europe, Baltic States, Military, Other
Pages: 403

Len's Summary: Colonel Erickson is a retired Army officer who served in Turkey and speaks Turkish. He earlier book on the Ottoman Army in The Great War, Ordered to Die (Praeger 2002), was reviewed in Stand To!. Both books draws heavily on Turkish Army archives not routinely open to scholars. Colonel Erickson is scheduled to speak at our July 2004 WFA annual national seminar at SUNY, Plattsburgh.

Magnificent But Not War: The Second Battle of Ypres 1915

Magnificent But Not War: The Second Battle of Ypres 1915Magnificent But Not War: The Second Battle of Ypres 1915 by John Dixon
ISBN: 9781844150021
Published by Casemate Publishers on September 1st 2003
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 370

Len's Summary: Order in the USA from Casemate Publishing.

The Great War: Perspectives on the First World War

The Great War: Perspectives on the First World WarThe Great War: Perspectives on the First World War by Robert Cowley
ISBN: 0375509097
Published by Random House (NY) on June 3rd 2003
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 509

Len's Summary: Article sreprinted from MHQ: The Journal of Military History, arguably America’s bestmilitary history magazine, which was founded and edited for many years by Mr.Cowley. Authors include Jan Morris on Admiral Sir John Fisher, Michael Howardwriting on the summer of 1914, Tim Travers on the Battle of the Somme, ThomasFleming on Quentin Roosevelt, Robert Cowley on German artist Kathe Kollwitz’efforts to create a memorial to her fallen son, and John Keegan on the mud andblood of Third Ypres. Recommended by Bob Denison.

Paths of Glory: The French Army, 1914-1918

Paths of Glory: The French Army, 1914-1918Paths of Glory: The French Army, 1914-1918 by Anthony Clayton
ISBN: 0304359491
Published by Cassell on May 28th 2003
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 238

Len's Summary: Biographies of all major French military leaders and coverage of all campaigns involving French forces.

The Newfoundlanders in the Great War: The Western Front, 1916-1918: A Social History and Battlefield Tour

The Newfoundlanders in the Great War: The Western Front, 1916-1918: A Social History and Battlefield TourThe Newfoundlanders in the Great War: The Western Front, 1916-1918: A Social History and Battlefield Tour by N. M. Christie
ISBN: 9781896979236
Published by CEF Books on 2003
Genres: Canada, Military, World War I
Pages: 130

Len's Summary: World War One bankrupted this small, isolated, and resource poor British dominion which joined Canada until 1949. Recommended by Glenn Kerr, the chairman of the Central Ontario Branch of WFA.

Tunnelmaster and Arsonist of the Great War: The Norton-Griffiths Story

Tunnelmaster and Arsonist of the Great War: The Norton-Griffiths StoryTunnelmaster and Arsonist of the Great War: The Norton-Griffiths Story by Tony Bridgland
ISBN: 0850529956
Published by Pen & Sword Books on October 1st 2003
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military, History, World War I
Pages: 224

Len's Summary: In the United States, order from Casemate Publishing.

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

War Underground: The Tunnellers of the Great War

War Underground: The Tunnellers of the Great WarWar Underground: The Tunnellers of the Great War by Alexander Barrie
ISBN: 1862270813
Published by The History Press on 2003
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 272

Len's Summary: Available from Casemate Publishing, 2114 Darby Road, Havertown, PA 19083 www.casematepublishing.com Ph (610) 853-9131 Fax (610) 853-9146, E-mail casemate@casematepublishing.com.

The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response

The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s ResponseThe Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response by Peter Balakian
ISBN: 9780060558703
Published by HarperCollins on September 30th 2003
Genres: History, United States, Political Science, International Relations, General
Pages: 528

Len's Summary: Covers the history of Turko-Armenian relations as well as the pogroms of 1915-16 with particular emphasis on American reactions and interventions. A History Book Club alternate selection.