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Essential Histories Specials #2: The First World War: The War to End All Warsby Geoffrey Jukes
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Raging for over four years across the tortured landscapes of Europe, the First World War changed the face of warfare forever. Characterized by slow, costly advances and fierce attrition, the battles of World War I frayed men's nerves and wracked their bodies, stripping individual life of its value and death of its dignity as the nations of the western world experienced loss on a scale never previously imagined. This book combines Essential Histories volumes 13, 14, 22 and 23 to provide a complete account of the Great War, covering the fighting in each of the major theaters, and examining the impact of war on the soldiers and civilians caught up in it. The political background to the war and its aftermath are also covered.
Bringing together the work of three leading historians, this illustrated work offers a guide to one of the most tragic and bloody conflicts the world has ever seen.
Raging for over four years across the tortured landscapes of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the First World War changed the face of warfare forever. Characterized by slow, costly advances and fierce attrition, the great battles of the Somme, Verdun and Ypres incurred human loss on a scale never previously imagined. This book, with a foreword by Professor Hew Strachan, covers the fighting on all fronts, from Flanders to Tannenberg and from Italy to Palestine. A series of moving extracts from personal letters, diaries and journals bring to life the experiences of soldiers and civilians caught up in the war.
The battles of World War I introduced the western world to loss on a scale never previously imagined. This book combines Essential Histories volumes 13, 14,22 and 23 to provide a complete account of the war.
About the Author
After leaving Oxford, Geoffrey Jukes spent 14 years in the UK Ministry of Defence, and Foreign and Colonial Office. He has also worked on the staff of the Australian National University. Peter Simkins was Senior Historian at the Imperial War Museum until his retirement in 1999, when he was awarded the MBE for his services to the Museum. He is Honorary Professor in Modern History at the University of Birmingham, a Vice-President of the Western Front Association and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Michael Hickey retired from his position as Colonel GS Ministry of Defence in 1981, after serving in Korea, East Africa, Suez and Aden. In 2000 he was awarded the Westminster medal for Military Literature.
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