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Memoirs, Biographies and Diaries

Not for nothing has the First World War gone down in history as the most literate, and literary, ever fought. The products of mass education went into action en masse for the first time, and in the case of junior officers, the products of classical education went too. The result was an unprecedented mass of written material from the trenches. Letters home, diaries, and after the war, another flood of memoirs, novels and the famous poetry followed. If the horrors of the war were unprecedented, it is party because they were recorded for us by the talented pens of writers such as Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen, and Edmund Blunden. The humbler scribes such as Frank Richards as well. On the other side of the lines Erich Maria Remarque and Ernst Junger. Modern historians have added their interpretations to these eye-witness accounts and the result is an unrivaled library of words about the war to end war of which the Naval and Military Press stock an unrivaled range.

Memoirs, Biographies and Diaries



IRON MAN
Rudolf Berthold Germany’s Indomitable Fighter Ace of World War 1
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IRON MAN Rudolf Berthold Germany’s Indomitable Fighter Ace of World War 1
Product Code: 24875

A fine and beautifully produced biography of Rudolf ‘Iron Man' Berthold, a brave and much wounded German air ace of the Great War, who survived the war only to die at the hands of a mob while leading his own Freikorps in the chaos of post-war Germany. This is the best and most well-documented pic...
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LETTERS FROM THE TRENCHES
The First World War by Those Who Were There
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LETTERS FROM THE TRENCHES The First World War by Those Who Were There
Product Code: 25799

A history of the First World War told through the letters exchanged by ordinary British soldiers and their families. Letters from the Trenches reveals how people really thought and felt during the conflict and covers all social classes and groups - from officers to conscripts and women at home to...
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BEST LOVE TO ALL
The Letters and Diaries of Captain Eric Rigby-Jones, Mc and Bar and his Experiences as a Young Officer with the Liverpool Pals on the Western Front in 1917 and 1918
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BEST LOVE TO ALL The Letters and Diaries of Captain Eric Rigby-Jones, Mc and Bar and his Experiences as a Young Officer with the Liverpool Pals on the Western Front in 1917 and 1918
Product Code: 26072

This book is exhaustively researched and draws heavily on battalion war diaries and other memoirs. Unlike many books based on personal diaries it sets Eric's own detailed, vivid, and often humorous accounts within their broader military, political and social context, and highlights the many close...
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DOUGLAS HAIG
From the Somme to Victory
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DOUGLAS HAIG From the Somme to Victory
Product Code: 26097

Douglas Haig is the single most controversial general in British history. In 1918, after his armies had played a major role in the First World War, he was feted as a saviour. But within twenty years his reputation was in ruins, and it has never recovered. Drawing on previously unknown private let...
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LOST OLYMPIAN ON THE SOMME
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LOST OLYMPIAN ON THE SOMME
Product Code: 26304

Impeccably detailed and beautifully written, The Lost Olympian of the Somme is the story of an Olympic gold medallist and forgotten war hero.
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BLOOD ON THE THISTLE 
The Tragic Story of the Cranston Family and their Remarkable Sacrifice
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BLOOD ON THE THISTLE The Tragic Story of the Cranston Family and their Remarkable Sacrifice
Product Code: 26305

Of seven sons who served in the First World War, four died and two more were horrifically wounded; only one, the youngest, returned home physically unscathed. This book explores the effects of this extreme sacrifice on the sons themselves as well as the loved ones they left behind, particularly t...
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DOCTOR ON THE WESTERN FRONT
The Diary of Henry Owens 1914-1918
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DOCTOR ON THE WESTERN FRONT The Diary of Henry Owens 1914-1918
Product Code: 24643

Henry Owens was a doctor who served with the RAMC on the western front right through the Great War. His account of his experiences, in diaries discovered years later in the Imperial War Museum's archives, gives an invaluable account of medical conditions in the trenches.
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FATEFUL BATTLE LINE
The Great War Journals and Sketches of Captain Henry Ogle MC
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FATEFUL BATTLE LINE The Great War Journals and Sketches of Captain Henry Ogle MC
Product Code: 26277

The diaries of front-line soldiers of the Great War are relatively commonplace; contemporary drawings and paintings, other than those by the official war artists, are less so. What is extraordinary about The Fateful Battle Line is that it combines a journal of infantry service on the Western Fron...
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MEMOIRS OF A RIFLEMAN SCOUT
Major F. M. Crum
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MEMOIRS OF A RIFLEMAN SCOUT Major F. M. Crum
Product Code: 25187

Frederick Crum was a Boer War veteran who became a sniper in the First World War. This collection of his diaries and letters details not only his own experiences, but the development of sniping on the British side that eventually overcame German dominance of the form.
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FRONTLINE MEDIC – GALLIPOLI, SOMME, YPRES. THE DIARY OF CAPTAIN GEORGE PIRIE, R.A.M.C. 1914-17
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FRONTLINE MEDIC – GALLIPOLI, SOMME, YPRES. THE DIARY OF CAPTAIN GEORGE PIRIE, R.A.M.C. 1914-17
Product Code: 23449

Captain George Pirie, R.A.M.C., born in South Africa and educated in Scotland, kept a detailed diary throughout his frontline service with the British Army at Gallipoli and the Somme, up to his death in action at Ypres in July 1917. He was a brave and skilful medic, serving as a regimental medica...
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