The Gunners of August 1914 by John Hutton

The Gunners of August 1914 by John Hutton
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Overview: The Great War will always be synonymous with trench warfare and the mass slaughter inflicted by machine guns on the helpless but gallant infantry. There is a good reason for this view as the machine guns took a terrible toll, and the infantry’s experiences continue to fascinate and appal people today. But one aspect of the fighting that gets insufficient attention is the artillery. Histories of the major battles often reduce the role of the big guns to a few paragraphs, and this has created a seriously distorted impression of the reality of the fighting. A better balance needs to be struck, and that is the intention of John Hutton’s new book on the gunners of 1914. He tells the story of the war as the gunners themselves saw it, focusing on the first few months of warfare which were fundamental to the conduct of the campaign. The gunners may not have always shared the trench experiences of the infantry in the front line, but they were in the thick of the action, and success or failure depended on them. The personal testimonies of those who served with and supported the guns provide a vital insight into the colossal tragedy and drama of the war from the artilleryman’s point of view.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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War in the Air 1914-1945 by Williamson Murray

War in the Air 1914-1945 by Williamson Murray
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Overview: The first aircraft flew in 1903 and within ten years had been developed into military weapons.From World War I to World War II, pilots became exalted national heroes, gallant knights astride their iron steeds high above the skies of Europe. Far from the heroic fantasy, however, most pilots and aircrews struggled against grim odds, fighting out their frequently short lives with bravado and recklessness. This vivid account explores the conditions in which these pilots fought and the rise of air warfare to preeminence, culminating in the Enola Gay’s fateful drop of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Childhood at Court, 1819-1914

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Hollensturz: Europa 1914 bis 1949 [German]

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Hollensturz: Europa 1914 bis 1949 [German]

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Retreat And Rearguard 1914: The Bef’s Actions …

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1914: De la paz a la guerra by by Margaret MacMillan [ESP]

1914: De la paz a la guerra by by Margaret MacMillan
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Overview: El relato definitivo de las fuerzas políticas, culturales, militares y personales que llevaron a Europa hacia la Gran Guerra.

La Primera Guerra Mundial puso fin a un largo periodo de paz sostenida en Europa: una época en la que se hablaba confiadamente de prosperidad, de progreso y de esperanza. Y sin embargo, en 1914 el continente se lanzó de cabeza a un conflicto catastrófico, que mató a millones de personas, desangró las economías nacionales, derrumbó imperios y puso fin para siempre a la hegemonía mundial europea. Fue una guerra que hubiera podido evitarse hasta el último momento. La pregunta es: ¿por qué se produjo?
Empezando en el siglo XIX y acabando con el asesinato del archiduque Francisco Fernando, la gran historiadora Margaret MacMillan desvela la compleja red de alianzas, cambios políticos y tecnológicos, decisiones diplomáticas y, sobre todo, personalidades y debilidades humanas que llevaron a Europa al desastre.

Una narración imprescindible para conocer el mundo de hoy entendiendo mejor el de hace un siglo.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Nova Scotia at War, 1914-1919 by Brian Douglas Tennyson

Nova Scotia at War, 1914-1919 by Brian Douglas Tennyson
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Overview: When the First World War ended in 1918, its profound impact did not. The war continued to haunt a nation. Nova Scotia at War, 1915-1919 is an in-depth study of Nova Scotia’s role that was, at the time, the most traumatic collective experience in the history of Canadians. As Tennyson explores in nine fascinating chapters, the war effort was more than just the brave soldiers and sailors who went overseas; it was also the civilians who worked in the fishery, on the farms, and in the forests, coals mines, and steel mills.
A specialist in early twentieth-century Canadian political history, author and historian Brian Tennyson examines the economic impact of the war, which shattered Nova Scotia’s dream of becoming the Atlantic gateway and the industrial heartland of Canada. Includes 30 black and white photos.
Genre: Non-Fiction – History

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Austro-hungarian Infantry 1914-1918

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Letters from a Soldier of France 1914 – 1915: Wartime Letters…


Letters from a Soldier of France 1914 – 1915: Wartime Letters From France (Eyewitnesses from the Great War)
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Cataclysm 1914 by Alexander Anievas

Cataclysm 1914: The First World War and the Making of Modern World Politics by Alexander Anievas
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Overview: Cataclysm 1914 brings together a number of leftist scholars from a variety of fields to explore the many different aspects of the origins, trajectories and consequences of the First World War. The collection not only aims to examine the war itself, but seeks to visualize the conflict and all of its immediate consequences (such as the Bolshevik Revolution and the ascendancy of US hegemony) as a defining moment in 20th century world politics, a moment which ruptured and reconstituted the ‘modern’ epoch in its many instantiations.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The British Working Class 1914-1916 by David Silbey

The British Working Class and Enthusiasm for War, 1914-1916 (Military History and Policy) by David Silbey
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Overview: Millions of men volunteered to leave home, hearth and family to go to a foreign land to fight in 1914, the start of the biggest war in British history. It was a war fought by soldier-citizens, millions strong, most of whom had volunteered willingly to go. They made up the army that first held, and then, in 1918, thrust back the German Army to win the Great War.

The British ‘Tommy’ has been lionized in the decades since the war, but little attention has been made in the literature to what motivated the ordinary British man to go to France, especially in the early years when Britain relied on the voluntary system to fill the ranks. Why would a regular working-class man leave behind his job, family and friends to go to fight a war that defended not British soil, but French? Why would a British man risk his life to defend places whose names he could pronounce only barely, if at all? This book answers why, in the words of the men who were there. Young and old, from cities and country, single and married, they went to war willingly and then carried their experiences of being a part of the Great War, and why they chose such a difficult and dangerous path.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Letters From A Soldier Of France 1914-1915 …

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The Hapsburg Monarchy, 1867-1914

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