Tanks on the Somme: From Morval to Beaumont Hamel

Tanks on the Somme: From Morval to Beaumont HamelTanks on the Somme: From Morval to Beaumont Hamel by Trevor Pidgeon
ISBN: 9781848842533
Published by Pen & Sword Books on August 2010
Genres: History, Military, Armored Vehicles
Pages: 152

Len's Summary: Tank actions on the Somme from September through November 1916 by a leading tank authority; first stumbling use of tanks in warfare.

Three Armies on the Somme: The First Battle of the Twentieth Century

Three Armies on the Somme: The First Battle of the Twentieth CenturyThree Armies on the Somme: The First Battle of the Twentieth Century by William Philpott
ISBN: 9780307278371
Published by Vintage Books on November 1st 2011
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 631

Len's Summary: Published in 2009 in the UK by Little Brown under the title Bloody Victory. The author sees the Somme as a British victory in the war of attrition. The winner of the 2009 WFA Tomlinson Book Prize; destined to become the standard work on this much-studied campaign.

Lost Eagles: One Man’s Mission to Find Missing Airmen in Two World Wars

Lost Eagles: One Man’s Mission to Find Missing Airmen in Two World WarsLost Eagles: One Man's Mission to Find Missing Airmen in Two World Wars by Blaine Pardoe
ISBN: 9780472117529
Published by University of Michigan Press on November 2nd 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I, World War II, Aviation
Pages: 256

Len's Summary: Fredrick Zinn’s efforts to recover missing airman from two world wars and finding 200 of them. Recommended by WW1Historical Association/WFA President Steve Suddaby.

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.

Ottoman Infantryman 1914-18

Ottoman Infantryman 1914-18Ottoman Infantryman 1914-18 by David Nicolle
ISBN: 9781846035067
Published by Osprey Publishing on February 23rd 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Middle East, Turkey & Ottoman Empire
Pages: 64

Len's Summary: Uniforms, equipment, training and combat experience of the tough Anatolian foot soldier.

The Great Silence: 1918-1920 Living in the Shadow of the Great War

The Great Silence: 1918-1920 Living in the Shadow of the Great WarThe Great Silence: 1918-1920 Living in the Shadow of the Great War by Juliet Nicolson
ISBN: 9781552788134
Published by McArthur & Company on November 12th 2009
Genres: History, General, Great Britain, Social History
Pages: 302

Len's Summary: An entertaining view of life in England from the Armistice in 1918 to the 1920 burial of the Unknown Soldier. Ms. Nicholson also wrote The Perfect Summer: Dancing into the Shadows in 1911 (Murray, 2007) an examination of English society three years before war erupted. // A social history of post-war Britain. Totally unprepared for peace following an expansion of the franchise and the ‘khaki election’ of 1918, the Lloyd George government was unable meet to expectations raised by its promise to create “a land fit for heroes” for returning trench veterans. By the same author: The Perfect Summer: Dancing into Shadows, 1911, 304 pages, John Murray, 2007, ISBN 0 7195 6243 0. £5.55 from Amazon.co.uk. A glimpse of British society at the end of the Edwardian Era on the brink of The Great War.

The Way of Duty, Honor, Country: The Memoir of General Charles Pelot Summerall

The Way of Duty, Honor, Country: The Memoir of General Charles Pelot SummerallThe Way of Duty, Honor, Country: The Memoir of General Charles Pelot Summerall by Charles Pelot Summerall, Timothy Nenninger
ISBN: 9780813126180
Published by University Press of Kentucky on September 22nd 2010
Genres: History, Military, United States, Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 298

Len's Summary: Autobiography of a man who got things done. See also the new Summerall biography by W. Gary Nichols (White Mane, 2011).

Chitral Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Major General Charles Townsend

Chitral Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Major General Charles TownsendChitral Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Major General Charles Townsend by N. S. Nash
ISBN: 9781848842762
Published by Pen & Sword Books on June 2010
Genres: Juvenile Nonfiction, Biography & Autobiography, Historical, Great Britain, World War I, Military, Middle East
Pages: 326

Len's Summary: Biography of the British General who surrendered his besieged British Indian Army division at Kut, Mesopotamia, in 1916 assessing whether his fall from grace was fair.

The Origins of the First World War

The Origins of the First World WarThe Origins of the First World War by William Mulligan
ISBN: 9780521713948
Published by Cambridge University Press on March 4th 2010
Genres: Political Science, History, Europe, General, Modern, 20th Century, Military, World War I, International Relations
Pages: 265

Len's Summary: A scholarly reinterpretation of the origins examining key issues from 1870 to 1914, and arguing that WWI was far from inevitable.

Spies of the First World War: Under Cover for King and Kaiser

Spies of the First World War: Under Cover for King and KaiserSpies of the First World War: Under Cover for King and Kaiser by James Morton
ISBN: 9781905615469
Published by Bloomsbury Academic on May 17th 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Modern, 20th Century, Great Britain
Pages: 272

Len's Summary: Drawing from published and unpublished sources, the author cut through the legends surrounding WWI espionage.

The Egyptian Expeditionary Force in World War I: A History of the British-Led Campaigns in Egypt, Palestine and Syria

The Egyptian Expeditionary Force in World War I: A History of the British-Led Campaigns in Egypt, Palestine and SyriaThe Egyptian Expeditionary Force in World War I: A History of the British-Led Campaigns in Egypt, Palestine and Syria by Michael J. Mortlock
ISBN: 9780786448715
Published by McFarland on November 9th 2010
Genres: History, Europe, Great Britain, Middle East, General, Military, World War I
Pages: 302

Len's Summary: Follows the 5th Suffolk Regiment through the campaigns.

The Man Who Ran London During the First World War: The Diaries and Letters of Lieutenant General Sir Francis Lloyd

The Man Who Ran London During the First World War: The Diaries and Letters of Lieutenant General Sir Francis LloydThe Man Who Ran London During the First World War: The Diaries and Letters of Lieutenant General Sir Francis Lloyd by Richard Morris
ISBN: 1848841647
Published by Pen & Sword Books on June 1st 2010
Genres: Great Britain, Military, Personal Memoirs, World War I
Pages: 196

Len's Summary: Lloyd’s remit covered hospitals, the main railway termini, and a defensive circle of trenches.

Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson’s First Ladies

Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson’s First LadiesEllen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson's First Ladies by Kristie Miller
ISBN: 9780700617371
Published by University Press of Kansas on October 15th 2010
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Political, Presidents & Heads of State, Women, History, United States, 20th Century, Social Science, Women's Studies
Pages: 348

Len's Summary: Wilson’s wives major influence on his life and politics.

Mons, Anzac and Kut by an MP

Mons, Anzac and Kut by an MPMons, Anzac and Kut by an MP by Edward Melotte
ISBN: 9781848841758
Published by Pen & Sword Books on January 19th 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Great Britain, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 217

Len's Summary: Memoirs of a BEF intelligence officer on several fronts. // The WWI experiences of a British soldier, diplomat and adventurer.

The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany’s Bid for World Power

The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany’s Bid for World PowerThe Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World Power by Sean McMeekin
ISBN: 9780674057395
Published by Harvard University Press on September 15th 2010
Genres: History, Europe, Germany, Military, World War I, Middle East, Turkey & Ottoman Empire
Pages: 460

Len's Summary: Part of the so-called Great Game portrayed in John Buchan’s fiction trilogy this is the true story of Germany’s attempt to penetrate of the Middle East and, wording through the Ottoman Empire, threaten the British position in Persia and the Indian subcontinent.

In Italy with the 332nd Infantry

In Italy with the 332nd InfantryIn Italy with the 332nd Infantry by Joseph L. Lettau
ISBN: 9781175591432
Published by BiblioBazaar on 2010
Genres: History, General, World War I, United States
Pages: 96

Len's Summary: Reprint of a 1923 book on the sole American combat unit from the 86th Division sent to the Italian Front; sometimes called “Pershing’s Propaganda Division.” The author was a battalion sergeant-major in the 332nd Regiment.

The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War

The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great WarThe Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War by David Laskin
ISBN: 9780061233333
Published by Harper Perennial on March 15th 2011
Genres: History, General, Biography & Autobiography, World War I
Pages: 416

Len's Summary: The stories of a dozen recent immigrants who served in the AEF.

The Prisoner of Durazzo

The Prisoner of DurazzoThe Prisoner of Durazzo by Robert A. Lanier
ISBN: 9780615325231
Published by Zenda Press on January 1st 2010
Genres: Military, World War I
Pages: 471

Len's Summary: The story of the almost forgotten unfortunate William Prince of Wied (1876-1945) who briefly (1914) ascended the throne of Albania, a fragile nation state created by the Great Powers as part of a failed attempt to keep peace on the Balkan Peninsula.

An Eyewitness Account of Gallipoli: Ellis Silas

An Eyewitness Account of Gallipoli: Ellis SilasAn Eyewitness Account of Gallipoli: Ellis Silas by Ellis Silas, John Laffin
ISBN: 9781877058912
Published by Rosenberg Publishing on February 1st 2010
Genres: Art, General, History, Military, World War I, Australia & New Zealand, Illustrated
Pages: 90

Len's Summary: First published in 1916, this is the work of an Australian signaler illustrating his experiences in Egypt, at Gallipoli and en route home after being wounded.

For Home and Country: World War I Propaganda on the Home Front

For Home and Country: World War I Propaganda on the Home FrontFor Home and Country: World War I Propaganda on the Home Front by Celia Malone Kingsbury
ISBN: 0803224745
Published by University of Nebraska Press on July 1st 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Political Science, Propaganda, Psychology, General, Social Science, Popular Culture
Pages: 326

Len's Summary: Propaganda in America and Europe came in myriad forms including cook books, novels, magazines and even children’s’ toys.

Richthofen Jagdstaffel Ahead: REF Pilots Out-Performed and Out-Gunned Over the Western Front

Richthofen Jagdstaffel Ahead: REF Pilots Out-Performed and Out-Gunned Over the Western FrontRichthofen Jagdstaffel Ahead: REF Pilots Out-Performed and Out-Gunned Over the Western Front by Peter McManus
ISBN: 9781906502003
Published by Casemate Publishers on December 1st 2008
Genres: History, Military, Aviation, World War I
Pages: 224

Len's Summary: A mediocre work on a familiar subject. // RFC 40 Squadron takes on a technically superior Flying Circus.

Hermann Göring Fighter Ace: The World War I Career of Germany’s Most Infamous Airman

Hermann Göring Fighter Ace: The World War I Career of Germany’s Most Infamous AirmanHermann Göring Fighter Ace: The World War I Career of Germany's Most Infamous Airman by Peter Kilduff
ISBN: 9781906502669
Published by Casemate Publishers on June 1st 2010
Genres: History, Military, Aviation, World War I
Pages: 224

Len's Summary: A master WWI aviation historian examines Göring’s record as a military flyer and combat leader.

Finding Common Ground: New Directions in First World War Studies

Finding Common Ground: New Directions in First World War StudiesFinding Common Ground: New Directions in First World War Studies by Jennifer D. Keene, Michael S. Neiberg
ISBN: 9004191828
Published by Brill on December 7th 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Europe, General, Essays
Pages: 344

Len's Summary: This collection of essays originated in a 2007 conference sponsored by the Society for WWI Studies. It presents an interdisciplinary approach to understanding this global conflict. Contributors include Roger Chickering, Tim Cook, and David Zabecki. Like all Brill books, this is way too expensive. Get it from your library.

Death in War and Peace: A History of Loss and Grief in England, 1914-1970

Death in War and Peace: A History of Loss and Grief in England, 1914-1970Death in War and Peace: A History of Loss and Grief in England, 1914-1970 by Pat Jalland
ISBN: 9780199651887
Published by Oxford University Press on September 27th 2012
Genres: History, Europe, Great Britain, Modern, 20th Century, Social Science, Death & Dying, Social History
Pages: 336

Len's Summary: A study of death and mourning in British society.

The Riddles of Wipers: An Appreciation of the Trench Journal “The Wipers Times”

The Riddles of Wipers: An Appreciation of the Trench Journal “The Wipers Times”The Riddles of Wipers: An Appreciation of the Trench Journal “The Wipers Times” by John Ivelaw-Chapman
ISBN: 9781848841918
Published by Pen & Sword Books on March 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Great Britain, Personal Accounts
Pages: 204

Len's Summary: Written by trench soldiers of the BEF and distributed all along the Ypres front, this newspaper bears witness of the realities of trench warfare.

From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada’s Siberian Expedition, 1917-19

From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada’s Siberian Expedition, 1917-19From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada's Siberian Expedition, 1917-19 by Benjamin Isitt
ISBN: 9780774818025
Published by University of Washington Press on December 1st 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Canada
Pages: 299

Len's Summary: Along with the US, Japan, England, Italy and the United States, Canada deployed a force of 4,300 men to Vladivostok in an ill-advised effort to fend off the Bolshevik menace.

August 1914: Surrender at St. Quentin

August 1914: Surrender at St. QuentinAugust 1914: Surrender at St. Quentin by John Hutton
ISBN: 1848841345
Published by Pen & Sword Books on March 1st 2011
Genres: Great Britain, Military, World War I
Pages: 207

Len's Summary: The disgrace of two British colonels who attempted to surrender during the retreat from Mons.

American Military Cemeteries

American Military CemeteriesAmerican Military Cemeteries by Dean W. Holt
ISBN: 9780786457328
Published by McFarland on May 14th 2014
Genres: History, Military, General, Social Science, Death & Dying, Reference
Pages: 407

Len's Summary: Updated edition of a 1992 reference work including information on how each cemetery was established.

Fort Douaumont: Verdun

Fort Douaumont: VerdunFort Douaumont: Verdun by Christina Holstein
ISBN: 9781783032358
Published by Casemate Publishers on April 1st 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 230

Len's Summary: Second, revised edition of a fine guide and history book by WFA a member who specializes in the Verdun battlefields.

Hommes Et Ouvrages De La Ligne Maginot

Hommes Et Ouvrages De La Ligne MaginotHommes Et Ouvrages De La Ligne Maginot by Jean-Yves Mary, Alain Hohnadel
ISBN: 2908182882
Published by Histoire & Collections on December 1st 2000
Pages: 192

Len's Summary: (French language) An outstanding, well researched and profusely illustrated work on the construction and manning of the world’s most famous series of fortifications aimed at conserving manpower and avoiding repetition of the blood baths of The Great War.

Lawrence of Arabia’s Secret Air Force – Based on the Diary of Flight Sergeant George Hynes

Lawrence of Arabia’s Secret Air Force – Based on the Diary of Flight Sergeant George HynesLawrence of Arabia’s Secret Air Force – Based on the Diary of Flight Sergeant George Hynes by James Patrick Hynes
ISBN: 184884266X
Published by Pen & Sword Books on August 1st 2010
Genres: History, Middle East, General, Military, World War I, Other, Aviation
Pages: 146

Len's Summary: Keeping the somewhat elderly desert air force planes flying.

War Over the Trenches: Air Power & the Western Front Campaign

War Over the Trenches: Air Power & the Western Front CampaignWar Over the Trenches: Air Power & the Western Front Campaign ISBN: 071103415X
Published by Midland Publishing on March 1st 2010
Genres: Aviation, Military, World War I
Pages: 352

Len's Summary: A survey of air operations and a valuable research tool. Reviewed in Over the Front.

Victims Nonetheless: The invasion of Luxembourg, 1914

Victims Nonetheless: The invasion of Luxembourg, 1914Victims Nonetheless: The invasion of Luxembourg, 1914 by David Heal
ISBN: B004EPYY1I
Published by Amazon Digital Services on December 1st 2010
Genres: Military, World War I
Pages: 183

Len's Summary: An accounting of the German invasion by a member of The Western Front Association.

Mons, Anzac & Kut: a British Intelligence Officer in Three Theatres of the First World War, 1914-18

Mons, Anzac & Kut: a British Intelligence Officer in Three Theatres of the First World War, 1914-18Mons, Anzac & Kut: a British Intelligence Officer in Three Theatres of the First World War, 1914-18 by Aubrey Herbert
ISBN: 9780857063663
Published by Leonaur on October 5th 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Great Britain
Pages: 192

Len's Summary: Three British defeats detailed in the field notes of a British intelligence officer who served there.

Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment

Vimy Ridge: A Canadian ReassessmentVimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment by Geoffrey Hayes, Andrew Iarocci, Mike Bechthold
ISBN: 155458227X
Published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press on March 23rd 2007
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Canada, General
Pages: 353

Len's Summary: A new assessment of the Canadian Corps and its place on the Western Front, the leadership, training and preparation of each of the four Canadian divisions and of the commemoration of this battle credited with being the basis of Canadian nationhood.