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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



A FRENCH SOLDIER’S WAR DIARY 1914-1918
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A FRENCH SOLDIER’S WAR DIARY 1914-1918
Product Code: 25440

A classic account of a French soldier's role in the trenches of the Western front. Henri Desagneaux writes with anger and compassion of the suffering and losses he and his increasingly mutinous comrades endured as they tried to execute orders issued by a distant High Command from their HQ miles b...
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HERBERT COLUMBINE VC
“Save Yourselves, I’ll Carry On”
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HERBERT COLUMBINE VC “Save Yourselves, I’ll Carry On”
Product Code: 24663

The story of one of the Great War's most heroic VC actions. Herbert Columbine manned a machine gun on the second day of Ludendorff's great Spring offensive on 22nd March 1918. He kept firing and sacrificed himself to save others when his position was finally overrun.
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MARCH ON PARIS
The Memoirs of Alexander von Kluck 1914-18
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MARCH ON PARIS The Memoirs of Alexander von Kluck 1914-18
Product Code: 23793

The author was the fist at the end of the swinging arm that was the Moltke-Schlieffen Plan in 1914. As commander of the 1st Army on the extreme right of the offensive - largest of the six armies invading Belgium and France - it was Von Kluck's task to envelop Paris and end the war with a smashing...
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PLATOON
An Infantryman on the Western Front 1916-18
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PLATOON An Infantryman on the Western Front 1916-18
Product Code: 25944

Joseph Johns Steward fought in the Great War, from the Battle of the Somme to the final offensives of 1918, he was an acute, unflinching observer of the conflict he took part in - of life and death on the Western Front. He recorded his experiences in accurate detail and later in life he wrote a ...
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WORLD WAR ONE AIRCRAFT CARRIER PIONEER
The Story and Diaries of Captain Jack McCleery RNAS RAF
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WORLD WAR ONE AIRCRAFT CARRIER PIONEER The Story and Diaries of Captain Jack McCleery RNAS RAF
Product Code: 25953

A comprehensive account of a WW1 pilot in the very early days of aerial combat. Mostly taken from personal diaries and recollections of family and friends.
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TWO WHEELS TO WAR
A Tale of Twelve Bright Young Men Who Volunteered Their Own Motorcycles for the British Expeditionary Force 1914
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TWO WHEELS TO WAR A Tale of Twelve Bright Young Men Who Volunteered Their Own Motorcycles for the British Expeditionary Force 1914
Product Code: 25917

Two Wheels To War is a scholarly but entertaining look at the largely forgotten world of the motorcycle despatch rider in the early months of the First World War, then a new phenomenon in the field of conflict. At the heart of the book is an illustrated and annotated edition of the underrated - a...
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CHRISTIAN SOLDIER
The Life of Lt. Col. Bernard William Vaan, V.C., M.C., and Bar, Croix de Guerre avec palmes
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CHRISTIAN SOLDIER The Life of Lt. Col. Bernard William Vaan, V.C., M.C., and Bar, Croix de Guerre avec palmes
Product Code: 25914

This biography is very well written, engaging and clear. It is well illustrated with maps and photographs and draws upon a wide range of original sources. Lieutenant Colonel the Rev Bernard William Vann, VC, MC & Bar, Croix de Guerre avec palme, was one of only three Anglican clergymen to command...
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LETTERS FROM A SOLDIER OF FRANCE 1914-1915
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LETTERS FROM A SOLDIER OF FRANCE 1914-1915
Product Code: 25792

A rare and much needed insight into what it meant to experience the Great War from the sharp end during the desperate struggles of the French Army fighting for its survival in 1914 and 1915. Originally published in 1917 with a preface by Andre Chevrillon, this evocative and moving primary source...
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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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MARSHAL JOFFRE
The Triumphs, Failures and Controversies of France’s Commander-in-chief in the Great War
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MARSHAL JOFFRE The Triumphs, Failures and Controversies of France’s Commander-in-chief in the Great War
Product Code: 25207

Marshall Joffre will always be gratefully remembered by France as the calm commander who stopped the German invaders in 1914 and turned them back at the Battle of the Marne. But the rest of his career was less impressive and he was finally sacked. In this welcome re-assessment French historian ...
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