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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



HOW I FILMED THE WAR
A Record of the Extraordinary Experiences of the Man Who Filmed the Great Somme Battles
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HOW I FILMED THE WAR A Record of the Extraordinary Experiences of the Man Who Filmed the Great Somme Battles
Product Code: 20748

The Great War memoirs of Geoffrey Malins, official cameraman who famously filmed the often-shown footage of the Hawthorn Ridge mine exploding on the Somme on July 1st 1916, and later directed the propaganda film of the battle.

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DIARY AND LETTERS OF A WORLD WAR I FIGHTER PILOT
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DIARY AND LETTERS OF A WORLD WAR I FIGHTER PILOT
Product Code: 23908

A full account of a RFC pilot in the Great War based on the diaries and letters home of author's grandfather, Guy Mainwaring Knocker. Guy served with 65 Squadron in France from October 1917 to Aoril 1918 and then was an instructor in England after being wounded. His letters home are full of excit...

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FIGHTING PADRE
Letters from the Trenches 1915-1918 of Pat Leonard DSO
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FIGHTING PADRE Letters from the Trenches 1915-1918 of Pat Leonard DSO
Product Code: 23797

Pat Leonard was a Chaplain attached to both the Army and the RFC on the western front in the Great War. He described his experiences - including flying as an observer - in no-holds-barred letters home to his parents. The letters, edited by his descendants, offer an unusual and fascinating view of...

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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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BRITAIN’S LAST TOMMIES: Final Memoris from Soldiers of the 1914-18 War in Their Own Words
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BRITAIN’S LAST TOMMIES: Final Memoris from Soldiers of the 1914-18 War in Their Own Words
Product Code: 10237

Moving testimony of the last of Britain's oldest old soldiers - survivors of the First World War who lived on into the 21st century. A unique record in their own words

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OPEN COCKPIT
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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
Product Code: 25528

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 1861-1914
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DOUGLAS HAIG The Preparatory Prologue , Diaries and Letters 1861-1914
Product Code: 25545

Douglas Haig will always be a figure of controversy with many enemies and defenders thanks to his role as C.in C. of the BEF during the Great War. This volume of his early letters, including those he wrote home as a young officer on Kitchener's victorious Omdurman campaign, may surprise those who...

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

“Doing his bit” in the Great War meant for young Gerald Dennis, the author of this moving and modest memoir, service on the Somme, at Messines ridge and Passchendaele, before deploying to the Italian front. He returned to France in time for the final push to victory. Long out of print, his book i...

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