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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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OPEN COCKPIT
Product Code: 25526

A classic account of a fighter pilot on the western front, Arthur Gould Lee's memoir is the work of a man who survived 118 patrols, 56 combats, and being shot down three times. Lee retired from the RAF as an Air Vice Marshal in 1946, and his book is a remarkable record of a lucky flier's life.

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HIDDEN STORIES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
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HIDDEN STORIES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
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A collection of true-life stories, at once enthralling and tragic, of ordinary people caught up in the Great War. Ranging from a boy who survived the sinking of the ship on which Lord Kitchener died, only to drown himself within months, to a woman who helkped a priest swim to freedom, this profus...

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GREAT WAR DIARIES OF BRIGADIER GENERAL ALEXANDER JOHNSTON 1914-1917
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GREAT WAR DIARIES OF BRIGADIER GENERAL ALEXANDER JOHNSTON 1914-1917
Product Code: 25550

Detailed diaries from middle-ranking commanders in the Great War are rare, which make these all the more valuable. Alexander Johnston went from being a signals officer in August 1914 to in turn, Brigade Major, CO of the 10th Cheshire Regiment, and finally OC 126 Infantry Brigade. He fought at Mon...

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DOUGLAS HAIG
The Preparatory Prologue , Diaries and Letters 1961-1914
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DOUGLAS HAIG The Preparatory Prologue , Diaries and Letters 1961-1914
Product Code: 25545

As a young officer in the prestigious 21st Lancers (motto 'Death or Glory') Douglas Haig played a leading role in Kitchener's bold expedition which ended in the defeat of the Khalifa of Sudan at Omdurman. He described the action, as he did the whole campaign, vividly in words and diagrams which s...

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A KITCHENER MANíS BIT
In the Great War with the 21st (Service) Battalion, The King's Royal Rifle Corps (The Yeoman Rifles)
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A KITCHENER MANíS BIT In the Great War with the 21st (Service) Battalion, The King's Royal Rifle Corps (The Yeoman Rifles)
Product Code: 25312

Long out of print, this new edition memoir by an intelligent and articulate other rank", provides fascinating insights into the Great War infantryman's experience. In autumn 1915, twenty-year-old Gerald Dennis enlisted in Kitchener s Army. Assigned to the 21st (Service) Battalion of the King s Ro...

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IRON TIMES WITH THE GUARDS
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IRON TIMES WITH THE GUARDS
Product Code: 20585

An anonymous (at the time of first publication) personal account by an Old Etonian officer in the 1st Coldstream Guards who served on the western front from 1915-17; and saw action - realistically described, - at Festubert, Ypres and the Somme.

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War Flying in Macedonia
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War Flying in Macedonia
Product Code: 25088

The third and final volume in Haupt Heydemarck's gripping account of his own adventures as a Great War German aerial observer sees him transferred from the western front to Macedonia. But the dangers and misadventures are as lethal as ever, and the writing remains glowingly fresh. Riveting readin...

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FLYING SECTION 17
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FLYING SECTION 17
Product Code: 25085

Second volume in a trilogy of German aerial observer Haupt Heydemarck's Great War flying memoirs, based on his own combat reports, and illustrated with the photos he took as part of his duties. Vivid and stimulating.

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DOUBLE DECKER C 666
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DOUBLE DECKER C 666
Product Code: 25086

First of a trilogy of vivid accounts of the Great War Ďfrom the other side of the clouds' - written by a German aerial observer. Author Haupt Heydemarck writes of the hazards of flying, fighting and navigating with insight and humour, despite his faint chances of survival.

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AN ANZAC ON THE WESTERN FRONT
The Personal Reflections of an Australian Infantryman from 1916 to 1918
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AN ANZAC ON THE WESTERN FRONT The Personal Reflections of an Australian Infantryman from 1916 to 1918
Product Code: 24367

Harold Williams was an Anzac volunteer who enlisted in 1915, and arrived in France in June 1916 - just in time for the disastrous battle of Fromelles, a catastrophic prelude to the Somme which Williams describes in truly shocking clarity. Surviving Fromelles, the Somme itself, and a subsequent ga...

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