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The First World War - The War to End All Wars

The First World War - The War to End All Wars [Kindle Edition]

Geoffrey Jukes
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Overall, the authors have produced a creditable survey of what is a very complicated subject indeed. As a start for study of this war, or as a refresher of previous knowledge, it is well recommended. --Trevor James

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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. Characterised 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 23269 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; Reprint edition (20 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent over-view of world war 1. 25 Nov 2003
the book is very well presented and contains many photographs, plans and illustrations. it has been written by leading authorities on the subject in a form which makes it easy to read and understand. a must for anyone having an interest in the origins and progress of the first global conflict. high quality paper has been used (unusually for a paper back) and, at the price, i rate this a real bargain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Curiouser and curiouser! 20 Nov 2013
I came to this book in the hope of finding some further information about the battleship HMS Russell lost off Malta in 1916. The full title does, after all, include the words `The Mediterranean Front 1914-1923.' Whereas Russell is not mentioned, I did find it curious to find a brief inclusion of the loss of the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau off the Falklands. Another curiosity is that the book shows three titles on the front. Firstly, the work is part of an `Essential Histories series' and, being called `The First World War (4)' shows it to be the fourth in that series with this particular work being devoted to the aforementioned `Mediterranean Front 1914-1923.' As I am quite certain others will also have noticed, that particular war ended in 1918 but everything really does become much less confusing once you start to read and thoroughly enjoy the content.

In a war which was eventually won on the Western Front - with the advent of the tank being a crucial factor, one should never lose sight of the fact that the German U Boat campaign so very nearly created a victory for Germany as early as 1917! That, however, was not to be and eventually led to the end to both the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires.

What I had not previously considered, however, was the simple statistic that, by including all peripheral smaller seas - such as the Adriatic, Aegean etc, the Mediterranean covers a million square miles of water. That is a huge area for any country to attempt to control and this book provides an entertaining overview of the military and naval operations which took place both at sea and on the shores surrounding this huge expanse of water throughout the years in question.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 23 Jan 2014
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This is a fantastic book and a great read. I am actually doing an online course on the History of WW1 and this book is extremely helpful. It is also a beautiful edition.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really well presented history 5 Nov 2013
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This is an impressive presentation including maps, photographs, quotations and clear text giving a rich account of this complicated conflict.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 4 July 2014
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Very good
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 22 Nov 2010
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The book begins with the situation prior to the beginning of hostilities: the different alliances and agreements made by the super-powers of the time; the ethnical difficulties in the region which lead to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, the battle-plans made before the war and so forth. It then moves on to the beginning of the war in the west; there lies my only real comment about the book. It's almost divided into two separate books, one dealing with the west front and the other dealing with the east front. A shame because a lot of what's going to happen during these bloody 4 years is interwoven (the russian revolution and consequent peace treaty with Germany for instance).
Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book as it gives a general overview of the engagement (mayby a bit focused on the british exploits during the war).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the first world war 28 Sep 2013
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It gave me plenty of detail about the first world war enjoyed reading it, good value, will recommend this book to other people
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5.0 out of 5 stars One happy husband 23 Feb 2014
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I bought this for my husband as he kept dropping hints. He says its excellent and is really enjoying it
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