The Frightful First World War (Horrible Histories) Paperback – 6 Aug 2007
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The usual Deary humour flows through the 136 pages packed with facts, written in a variety of type styles, and packed full of black & white illustrations/cartoons, from Martin Brown.
'Want to know how sniffing your own pee could save your life in the First World War?'
Split into chapters:
1. 1914 ~ The year of the first shot
2. 1915 ~ The year of total war
3. 1916 ~ The year of the Somme
4. 1917 ~ The year of the mud
5. 1918 ~ The year of exhaustion
with an introduction, a 'Test Your Teacher' section and an epilogue.
Read on for curious quizzes, rotten recipes, gruesome games and much more.
History has never been so horrible!'
'Why did the Great War start?
Lots of big, thick history books have been written to answer that question.
But, to put it simply, by 1914 the countries of Europe had formed themselves into two big gangs...like street gangs.
The gang called the 'Central Powers' were led by the Germans and
the gang we call the 'Allies' were led by the French and British.
The two gangs started collecting weapons, making threats and swapping insults, the way gangs do.
All it needed was for one gang member to throw the first stone and a huge punch-up would follow...'
So exactly HOW did the First World War start?
It's never one of the gang leaders that starts the fight, is it?
It's always one of the scruffy little kids that hangs around the edge.
In this case the scruffy little kid was called Bosnia in the Allies' gang...'
Also available with The Woeful Second World War, as a more economical two titles under one cover edition:
The Frightful First World War AND the Woeful Second World War
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