From inside cover. The catastrophe that overtook Europe from 1914-1918 was a conflict so terrible, so gigantic, that men were to remember it, very simply, as 'The Great War'.
Correlli Barnett traces the war from its origins in a Europe wracked with tension, through the years of bitterness, loss and destruction when a compromise peace proved impossible, to the war's bitter end in November 1918.
Correlli Barnett is a distinguished military historian who was co-author of the award winning BBC television series, The Great War. In this gripping history he combines an exciting survey of the war with vivid descriptions of the individual's struggle for survival. He narrates the ordinary soldiers' battle experiences and their life in the trenches as well as the vital part played by civilians on the home front. The book is illustrated throughout with contemporary action photographs and maps.