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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



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From Tel-El-Kebir to Cambrai: The Life and Letters of Lieutenant General Sir William Pulteney 1861-1941
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PUTTY From Tel-El-Kebir to Cambrai: The Life and Letters of Lieutenant General Sir William Pulteney 1861-1941
Product Code: 24721

Detailed biography of a General by a General. Pulteney was the longest serving Corps Commander in the Great War, serving in most of the major actions from Mons in 1914 to Cambrai in 1917. Major-Gen. Leask's meticulously researched book takes a balanced view informed by his own wide military exper...

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HAIG’S MEDICAL OFFICER
The Papers of Colonel Eugene “Micky” Ryan CMG DSO RAMC
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HAIG’S MEDICAL OFFICER The Papers of Colonel Eugene “Micky” Ryan CMG DSO RAMC
Product Code: 24662

Part of our Summer Reading Promotion Hardbacks From Just £2! The meticulous diaries of Col. Dr.Eugene ‘Micky' Ryan, Medical Officer to Field Marshal Haig in the 1914-18 war, who became a friend and personal physician to the whole Haig family, shed a revealing light on the personality of a comma...

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 IN BATTLE & CAPTIVITY 1916-1918
A British Officer’s Memoirs of the Trenches and a German Prison Camp
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IN BATTLE & CAPTIVITY 1916-1918 A British Officer’s Memoirs of the Trenches and a German Prison Camp
Product Code: 25449

An extraordinary testimony to the power of the human spirit, this remarkable memoir tells the story of Captain Gilbert Nobbs, shot through the head and blinded on the Somme, who survived his wound and German captivity to be repatriated back to his wife and family.

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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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DESPATCH RIDER ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1915-18
The Diary of Sergeant Albert Simpkin MM
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DESPATCH RIDER ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1915-18 The Diary of Sergeant Albert Simpkin MM
Product Code: 25364

A fascinating and fast-moving memoir of a despatch rider's life on the western front. Albert Simpkin spent his war dodging shells and shellholes as he ferries messages to and from the front lines. His diary is salted with colourful and amusing anecdotes about his comrades - and some candid critic...

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I SURVIVED DIDN’T I?
The Great War Reminiscences of Private “Ginger” Bryne
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I SURVIVED DIDN’T I? The Great War Reminiscences of Private “Ginger” Bryne
Product Code: 25474

The memoirs of a young infantryman's life in the Great War. Charlie ‘Ginger' Bryne served throughout the conflict with the 2 Hampshire Regiment and relates his time in the trenches with humour, stoicism - and total recall.

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NURSING THROUGH SHOT AND SHELL
A Great War Nurse’s Story
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NURSING THROUGH SHOT AND SHELL A Great War Nurse’s Story
Product Code: 25345

This moving and fascinating book relates the realities of life for a volunteer nurse on the western front. Beatrice Hopkinson, the subject of the book, writes of the grim duties she undertook trying to keep her ‘boys' alive and cheerful; but also recounts the lighter side of war: the entertainme...

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SURGEON WITH THE KAISER’S ARMY
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SURGEON WITH THE KAISER’S ARMY
Product Code: 25428

Am intensely interesting and informative view of the German side of the Great War written by a doctor who served as senior Medical Officer to both Army and Aerial units - including the famed Flying Circus of the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen. Stephan Westmann witnessed war at first hand - an...

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MUNITION LASSES
Six Months as Principal Overlooker in Danger Buildings
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MUNITION LASSES Six Months as Principal Overlooker in Danger Buildings
Product Code: 25635

Work at the Woolwich Arsenal from July 1916-Jan. 1917

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BROTHERS IN ARMS
The Unique Collection of Letters and Photographs of Two Brothers from the Front
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BROTHERS IN ARMS The Unique Collection of Letters and Photographs of Two Brothers from the Front
Product Code: 25365

Two brothers, Robert and Philip Moneypenny, went to war in 1914 in different regiments - the Essex and the Royal West Kent. This book, extracted from letters sent home from found years later, tells of their experiences, including being hit by a sniper's bullet, enduring a chlorine gas attack, and...

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