The American Army and the First World War

The American Army and the First World WarThe American Army and the First World War by David Woodward
ISBN: 9781107648869
Published by Cambridge University Press on July 10th 2014
Genres: Military, United States
Pages: 481

Len's Summary: Examines the problems encountered when an unprepared America went to war in 1917. The author is a retired distinguished professor of history at the University of West Virginia. // Correction: Woodward taught at Marshall, not the university of Marshall.

The Cambridge History of the First World War, Three Volumes

The Cambridge History of the First World War, Three VolumesThe Cambridge History of the First World War by Jay Winter
ISBN: 9781107660588
Published by Cambridge University Press on March 24th 2014
Genres: History, Military, World War I

Len's Summary: A massive transnational guide to the military, political, social, economic and cultural aspects of the conflict.

The Church of England and the First World War

The Church of England and the First World WarThe Church of England and the First World War by Alan Wilkinson
ISBN: 9780718893217
Published by Lutterworth Press on January 30th 2014
Genres: Religion, Christian Church, History
Pages: 392

Len's Summary: A look at the often controversial role of the Anglican Church in WWI.

A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire

A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg EmpireA Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire by Geoffrey Wawro
ISBN: 9780465057955
Published by Basic Books on April 28th 2015
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Modern, 20th Century, Europe, Austria & Hungary
Pages: 480

Len's Summary: Shows just hoe unready Austria-Hungary was to fight a modern industrialized war. The author, who teaches at North Texas University, has also produced superior monographs on the Franco-Prussian and Prusso-Italo-Austrian Wars of the 19th century.

The First World War in the Middle East

The First World War in the Middle EastThe First World War in the Middle East by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
ISBN: 9781849042741
Published by Hurst on June 25th 2014
Genres: History, Middle East, General, Military, World War I
Pages: 320

Len's Summary: A broad brush socio-military treatment of the war in the Caucasus, Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia and Persia.

The First World War in 100 Objects: The Story of the Great War Told Through the Objects that Shaped It

The First World War in 100 Objects: The Story of the Great War Told Through the Objects that Shaped ItThe First World War in 100 Objects: The Story of the Great War Told Through the Objects that Shaped It by Gary Sheffield
ISBN: 9781780973968
on January 2nd 2014
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 256

Len's Summary: Gas masks, tanks, Zeppelins, Churchill’s cigar and other iconic objects of war described in brief paragraphs by one of England’s premier military historians.

Command and Morale: The British Army on the Western Front 1914-1918

Command and Morale: The British Army on the Western Front 1914-1918Command and Morale: The British Army on the Western Front 1914-1918 by Gary Sheffield
ISBN: 9781781590218
Published by Pen & Sword Books Limited on March 1st 2014
Genres: Great Britain, Military, World War I
Pages: 249

Len's Summary: By a British historian of the first rank; recommended. // A look at the internal workings of the BEF by a premier British military historian.

A Home Front Diary, 1914-18

A Home Front Diary, 1914-18A Home Front Diary, 1914-18 by Lillie Scales
ISBN: 9781445618968
Published by Amberley Publishing on March 19th 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, General, Personal Memoirs, History, Military, World War I, Literary Collections, Diaries & Journals
Pages: 224

Len's Summary: Diary of a British housewife whose family took in Belgian refugees and ANZAC soldiers.

Browning .30 Caliber Machine Guns

Browning .30 Caliber Machine GunsBrowning .30 Caliber Machine Guns by Gordon L. Rottman
ISBN: 9781780969213
Published by Osprey Publishing on February 20th 2014
Genres: Technology & Engineering, Military Science, History, Military, United States, World War II, General, Weapons, Antiques & Collectibles
Pages: 80

Len's Summary: The water-cooled Browning .30 caliber came into service in 1917 and remained in service for 50 years.

2CM “Big Bertha” and German Siege Artillery of World War I

2CM “Big Bertha” and German Siege Artillery of World War I2CM “Big Bertha” and German Siege Artillery of World War I by Marc Romanych
ISBN: 9781780960173
Published by Osprey Publishing on January 20th 2014
Genres: History, General, Europe, Germany, Military, Weapons, Technology & Engineering, Military Science, World War I
Pages: 48

Len's Summary: Describes all German siege artillery from 28 to 42 centimeters and its role in WWI, particularly the destruction of the Liege and Namur forts in 1914.

Wilhelm II: Into The Abyss of War and Exile, 1900-1941

Wilhelm II: Into The Abyss of War and Exile, 1900-1941Wilhelm II: Into The Abyss of War and Exile, 1900-1941 by John C.G. Röhl, Sheila de Bellaigue, F.R. Bridge
ISBN: 9780521844314
Published by Cambridge University Press on February 6th 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, General, Historical, History, Europe, Military, Modern, 20th Century
Pages: 1591

Len's Summary: Volume three in Rohl’s massive biography of German’s last Kaiser focusing on his political and diplomatic roles in the lead up to The Great War, as warlord followed by his abdication, and post-war exile in Holland.

The Long Shadow: Legacies pf the Great War in the Twentieth Century

The Long Shadow: Legacies pf the Great War in the Twentieth CenturyThe Long Shadow: Legacies pf the Great War in the Twentieth Century by David Reynolds
ISBN: 9780393351286
Published by W W NORTON & Company on June 8th 2015
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Modern, 20th Century
Pages: 544

Len's Summary: Seeks to broaden our vision of the turbulent 20th century through the lens of the Great War.

The War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War

The War of Attrition: Fighting the First World WarThe War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War by William Philpott
ISBN: 9781468302684
Published by Overlook Press on June 26th 2014
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Modern, 20th Century
Pages: 400

Len's Summary: Written by a Tomlinson Prize-winner, this work explores how a European conflict burgeoned into total, industrialized war of attrition bringing on the advent of the US as a major world power.

Shellshocked Prophets: Former Anglican Army Chaplains in Inter-War Britain

Shellshocked Prophets: Former Anglican Army Chaplains in Inter-War BritainShellshocked Prophets: Former Anglican Army Chaplains in Inter-War Britain by Linda Parker
ISBN: 9781909982253
Published by Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc on January 19th 2015
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Religion, Christianity
Pages: 272

Len's Summary: How the war impacted both the Church of England and wider society.

The July Crisis: The World’s Descent Into War, Summer 1914

The July Crisis: The World’s Descent Into War, Summer 1914The July Crisis: The World’s Descent Into War, Summer 1914 by T. G. Otte
ISBN: 9781107064904
Published by Cambridge University Press on June 5th 2014
Genres: Diplomacy, International Relations, Military, Political Science
Pages: 555

Len's Summary: Finds the causes of war in the utter failure of European state craft not in abstract concepts such as Balance of Power or competing alliance systems. // Finds the failure of European state craft at the root of all causes. Another look at a much-studied case.

The Plan That Broke the World: The “Schlieffen Plan” and World War I

The Plan That Broke the World: The “Schlieffen Plan” and World War IThe Plan That Broke the World: The “Schlieffen Plan” and World War I by William D. O'Neil
ISBN: 9781481955850
Published by William D. O'Neil on March 11th 2014
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Business & Economics, Decision-Making & Problem Solving
Pages: 204

Len's Summary: Flawed decision-making in the Imperial German army general staff.

Pioneer Battalions of the Great War

Pioneer Battalions of the Great WarPioneer Battalions of the Great War by K.W. Mitchinson
ISBN: 9781783461790
Published by Pen and Sword on February 10th 2014
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 336

Len's Summary: A new concept (copied by the US Army) designed to provide the Royal Engineers with labor and relieve the infantry from many fatiguing non-combat duties.

Alvin York: New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne

Alvin York: New Biography of the Hero of the ArgonneAlvin York: New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne by Douglas V. Mastriano
ISBN: 9780813145198
Published by University Press of Kentucky on March 5th 2014
Genres: Military, History, World War I, United States, 20th Century
Pages: 323

Len's Summary: Life of an iconic American hero. The author is an Army Lt. Colonel and leader of one of two fiercely competive expeditions surveying York‘s battle ground near the village of Châtel Chéhéry. // The author is one of a dueling duo of researchers vying to establish the location of Alvin York’s exploits outside the village of Chatel-Chéhéry. A History Book Club selection.

The Month That Changed the World: July 1914

The Month That Changed the World: July 1914The Month That Changed the World: July 1914 by Gordon Martel
ISBN: 9780199665389
Published by Oxford University Press on July 1st 2014
Genres: Military, Pre-War, Strategy
Pages: 484

Len's Summary: Another look at the crucial weeks leading to war in 1914. // pages, ISBN 978 0 1996 6538 9, £22, $34.95. Step-by-step account of Europe’s slouch into war; a history of missed opportunities.

The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914

The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan
ISBN: 0812980662
Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks on July 29th 2014
Genres: Military, World War I
Pages: 784

Len's Summary: Breaks no new ground but still an important contribution to scholarship on the Great War. -- Part of a flood of new and revised writings examining causes of the Great War. This one is by a premier Canadian historian who wrote an acclaimed history of the Paris peace conference Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World. See also James Joll’s compact study The Origins of the First World War (Third Edition, Pearson, 2008) which sets a high standard for such analysis.

The Home Front in World War One: When Sheffield Went to War

The Home Front in World War One: When Sheffield Went to WarThe Home Front in World War One: When Sheffield Went to War by Scott Lomax
ISBN: 9781781592960
Published by Pen and Sword on January 15th 2014
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 272

Len's Summary: How the war changed a city.

Hundred Days: The Campaign That Ended World War I

Hundred Days: The Campaign That Ended World War IHundred Days: The Campaign That Ended World War I by Nick Lloyd
ISBN: 9780465074921
Published by Basic Books on January 28th 2014
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Modern, 20th Century, Europe, General
Pages: 400

Len's Summary: The end game: turning the tide on the Western Front in 1918 giving proper credit to American efforts. See also: Barrie Pitt, 1918: The Last Act, Pen &Sword, 2014, ISBN 0 4650 7492 8, $22.22 from Amazon; a paperback reprint of an excellent 1964 work.

The Outbreak of the First World War: Structure, Politics, and Decision-Making

The Outbreak of the First World War: Structure, Politics, and Decision-MakingThe Outbreak of the First World War: Structure, Politics, and Decision-Making by Jack S. Levy, John A. Vasquez
ISBN: 9781107616028
Published by Cambridge University Press on March 21st 2014
Genres: Political Science, International Relations, General, History, Military, World War I
Pages: 320

Len's Summary: Scholarly essays present an interdisciplinary look at the war.

A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign

A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne CampaignA Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign by Edward G. Lengel
ISBN: 9781444350944
Published by John Wiley & Sons on May 5th 2014
Genres: History, General, History, Europe, Western, Military, World War I, World War II
Pages: 552

Len's Summary: Professor Lengel won the 2007 Tomlinson Book Prize for his monograph To Conquer Hell on the Meuse-Argonne, America’s bloodiest battle. As the title suggests, this book features analytical essays on French and German involvement by premier scholars from France, Australia, Germany, the US and the UK. Way too expensive. Get it from your local library.

The Great War Illustrated 1914: Archive and Colour Photographs of WWI

The Great War Illustrated 1914: Archive and Colour Photographs of WWIThe Great War Illustrated 1914: Archive and Colour Photographs of WWI by William Langford
ISBN: 1781593469
Published by Pen & Sword Books on January 1st 2014
Genres: Illustrated, Military, World War I
Pages: 368

Len's Summary: First in a series of titles covering each year of the war.

Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War

Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great WarVerdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War by Paul Jankowski
ISBN: 9780199316892
Published by OUP USA on February 3rd 2014
Genres: History, General, Europe, France, Military, World War I
Pages: 336

Len's Summary: A new narrative history of WWI’s best known battle.

A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law During the Great World War

A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law During the Great World WarA Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law During the Great World War by Isabel V. Hull
ISBN: 9780801452734
Published by Cornell University Press on May 13th 2014
Genres: Foreign & International Law, Law, Military
Pages: 352

Len's Summary: The profound tension between international law and military necessity illustrated by differing French, British and German responses and how state structures and differing legal traditions shaped these responses in seven discrete instances. // A comparative study of decision-making in England, France and Germany as regards Belgian neutrality, the land war in the west, occupation of enemy territory, blockade, unrestricted submarine warfare and the introduction of new weaponry including poison gas and the zeppelin.

Nieuport 11/16 Bébé vs Fokker Eindecker

Nieuport 11/16 Bébé vs Fokker EindeckerNieuport 11/16 Bébé vs Fokker Eindecker by Jon Guttman
ISBN: 9781782003533
Published by Osprey Publishing on April 20th 2014
Genres: History, General, Military, World War I, Technology & Engineering, Military Science, Aviation
Pages: 80

Len's Summary: The design, development, statistics and combat records of two iconic pursuit aircraft.

Q Ship vs U-boat

Q Ship vs U-boatQ Ship vs U-boat by David Greentree
ISBN: 9781782002840
Published by Osprey Publishing on February 20th 2014
Genres: History, General, Military, Technology & Engineering, Military Science, Naval, World War I, Biography & Autobiography
Pages: 80

Len's Summary: Q ships came in all sizes in merchant freighter and fishing types. All were well armed designed to lure and sink surfaced U-boats.

The French Army in the First World War

The French Army in the First World WarThe French Army in the First World War by Elizabeth Greenhalgh
ISBN: 9781107605688
Published by Cambridge University Press on November 13th 2014
Genres: History, Military, General, Europe, Modern, 20th Century, World War I
Pages: 480

Len's Summary: One of several books on belligerent armies being published 1n 2014 by Cambridge University Press. The author is a distinguished Australian military historian.

The Lewis Gun

The Lewis GunThe Lewis Gun by Neil Grant
ISBN: 9781782007913
Published by Osprey Publishing on March 20th 2014
Genres: Technology & Engineering, Military Science, History, Military, World War I, World War II, General, Weapons, Antiques & Collectibles
Pages: 80

Len's Summary: Invented by an American and adopted by the British, the Lewis was the best light machine gun of WWI.

The Italian Army and the First World War

The Italian Army and the First World WarThe Italian Army and the First World War by John Gooch
ISBN: 9781139991438
Published by Cambridge University Press on June 19th 2014
Genres: History, Modern, 20th Century, Europe, General, Military
Pages: 401

Len's Summary: The Italian front was nearly as long as the Western Front and just as static until the massive 1917 Austro-German breakthrough at Caporetto.

The Challenge of Battle: The Real Story of the British Army in 1914

The Challenge of Battle: The Real Story of the British Army in 1914The Challenge of Battle: The Real Story of the British Army in 1914 by Adrian Gilbert
ISBN: 9781849088596
Published by Osprey Publishing on February 20th 2014
Genres: Great Britain, Military, Strategy, Technology & Engineering
Pages: 312

Len's Summary: Assesses the performance of the “Old Contemptables” in the opening battles.

Behind the Front: British Soldiers and French Civilians

Behind the Front: British Soldiers and French CiviliansBehind the Front: British Soldiers and French Civilians by Craig Gibson
ISBN: 9780521837613
Published by Cambridge University Press on March 27th 2014
Genres: History, General, Europe, Great Britain, Military, World War I
Pages: 480

Len's Summary: Shifts attention from the front lines to rear areas where British soldiers and French civilians co-existed.

Gardens of Hell: Battles of the Gallipoli Campaign

Gardens of Hell: Battles of the Gallipoli CampaignGardens of Hell by Patrick Gariepy
ISBN: 9781612346830
Published by Potomac Books, Inc. on May 15th 2014
Genres: History, Middle East, General
Pages: 344

Len's Summary: Endless fascination with this failed campaign aimed at freeing an ice-free trade route to Russia. // Another look at a controversial campaign whose centennial nears.

Medium Mark A Whippet

Medium Mark A WhippetMedium Mark A Whippet by David Fletcher
ISBN: 9781782003984
Published by Osprey Publishing on May 20th 2014
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Europe, Great Britain, Weapons
Pages: 48

Len's Summary: Details on the relatively fast British tank that entered service in 1918 by the curator of the Bovington Tank Museum in the UK.