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What Did You Do in the Great War, Grandfather?

By Charles Barrington The book primarily covers the First World, but also describes the years leading up to the war and the period between the wars. My motivation was the fact that my grandfather was involved in this seismic period … Continue reading

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Jack and Hopit: A Cavalryman and his war horse in the Great War

By Serena Merton Jack and Hopit tells the story of Second Lieutenant John Forrester Colvin and his charger Hopit who arrived in France in November 1914 and returned home together in April 1919. Their relationship began in 1912 when Jack … Continue reading

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Passchendaele: The Forgotten Last Act

With the centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres (31 July-10 November 1917), popularly known as ‘Passchendaele’, imminent, most people remain unaware that the last attack of the controversial campaign actually occurred on 2 December 1917. Launched on the orders … Continue reading

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Centenary Commemorations: Passchendaele. 103 Days in Hell

A TV historian and author is set to mark the Centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres by telling the personal stories of those who fought during a nightmare struggle which has become known a Passchendaele.  South-West London-based Alexandra Churchill … Continue reading

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Lost Opportunity – The Battle of the Ardennes, 22 August 1914

By Simon J House The story of the ‘Lost Opportunity’, afforded to the French Armies in August 1914 and squandered, had its origins in a ‘Moment of Madness’ – or more properly a ‘Moment IN Madness’. For I was researching … Continue reading

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Facial wounds, surgery and the First World War

By Dr Andrew Bamji During my training to be a doctor, I ended up specialising in the treatment of arthritis, and I hardly expected to write a book about plastic surgery in the First World War. But when I started … Continue reading

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Why another book on the Somme? Canadians on the Somme 1916

A dialog with William Stewart, the author of the upcoming book The Canadians on the Somme, 1916: The Neglected Campaign First, what is the book about? It examines and analyses the 89-day Canadian experience in the 1916 Somme campaign at … Continue reading

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British First World War Studies graduate secures Great War book deal: An Army of Brigadiers

A BIRMINGHAM University graduate has penned a ‘ground-breaking’ book on British First World War brigadier-generals, released during the centenary year of the Battle of Arras. Dr Trevor Harvey’s remarkable work, An Army of Brigadiers. British Brigade Commanders at the Battle … Continue reading

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WW1 historian calls for PTSD pledge

A prize-winning First World War historian and psychiatrist has called for a cross-party commitment to deliver improved services for armed forces veterans battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) this Mental Health Awareness Week. Dr Stefanie Linden’s proposal for a book … Continue reading

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Two Wheels to War – Volunteer motorcycle despatch riders and the British Expeditionary Force 1914

Two Wheels to War is the story of the first motorcycle despatch riders – the talented volunteers who served alongside the Regular Army in 1914. With no military training, they served on the retreat from Mons, at the Marne and … Continue reading

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