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The Great War Handbook [Paperback]

Geoff Bridger
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17 Oct 2013
Geoff Bridger's Great War Handbook answers many of the basic questions newcomers ask when confronted by this enormous and challenging subject - not only what happened and why, but what was the Great War like for ordinary soldiers who were caught up in it. He describes the conditions the soldiers endured, the deadly risks they ran, their daily routines and the small roles they played in the complex military machine they were part of. His comprehensive survey of every aspect of the soldier's life, from recruitment and training, through the experience of battle and its appalling aftermath, is an essential guide for students, family historians, teachers and anyone who is eager to gain an all-round understanding of the nature of the conflict.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (17 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783461764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783461769
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoff Bridger has established a wide reputation as a leading authority on the Great War. He has made a particular study of army life and the experience of the ordinary soldier during the conflict, and is well known for his lectures on the subject. He was chairman of the Sussex branch of the Western Front Association and has published books and articles on different aspects of Great War history. He is the editor of the widely acclaimed Soldiers Died in the Great War, CD ROM containing over 700,000 records.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WW1 Researchers Gem 28 Nov 2012
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This is an excellent book, if like me you are working on WW1 research. I set out to give a talk to my local history group on the 18 men on our village war memorial, 18 largely forgotten men, and using the 1911 Census I achieved this. However, what I hadn't expected was that we would want more, now 3 of us have set out on the 'Abbotskerswell Roll of Honour Project, and Bridger's book has proved an excellent background for understanding the Great War and its organisation. Anybody who wants to to understand the war, but not read a history of it should use Bridger's book, he explains what things are and not why or gives dozens of examples. His most used phrase is 'but that's not for here'. I meant to dip into to to help my understanding, but I ended up reading it to gain a picture of the war and help me put into context what our 18 did for their fellow villagers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Primarily Army History 13 Mar 2010
I picked this book out because the title on various online reviews stressed it was about the Great War. It is - but only if your ancestor was a soldier. You will find detailed info on Battalions, trench warfare etc but if - like me - you were looking for the same level of info about the RFC/RAF you will be disappointed.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This is an essential reference source for any WW1 historian/teacher, and great reading for anyone who is researching a family member that served in the Great War. With drawings, photos and diagrams it allows us to study everything from an 18 pounder shell, to the 1914 christmas tin. Can't recommend this enough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Only for History Buffs 18 Jun 2014
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My husband is thoroughly enjoying this - it does what it says on the tin!
It is very well written
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book covering the detail excellently. 3 Nov 2013
By Jay Dee
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A must for every enthusiast and re-enactor wishing to portray precisely the soldier of World War 1 it gives you all you need to know to help portray a Soldier, the way he dresses , the equipment used and the tactics employed!
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