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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



 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
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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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AMATEUR GUNNERS
The Adventures and Letters of a Soldier in France, Salonika and Palestine
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AMATEUR GUNNERS The Adventures and Letters of a Soldier in France, Salonika and Palestine
Product Code: 25450

Amateur Gunners is a rare and very full memoir of Great War artilleryman Alexander Thorburn who served at Vimy Ridge, Salonika, Palestine and in the final advance to the Armistice in France. This new edition of Thorburn's book, first published in 1933, contains additional letters he wrote from ac...

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ARMAGEDDON ROAD
A VC’s Diary 1914-1916
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ARMAGEDDON ROAD A VC’s Diary 1914-1916
Product Code: 25455

The diaries of Great War hero Billy Congreve who, by the time of his death on the Somme had amassed a DSO, MC, Legion d'Honneur and would receive a posthumous VC. Brainy as well as brave, Congreve's writing as a staff officer who served in the trenches, edited by esteemed historian Terry Norman, ...

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BLOOD IN THE TRENCHES
A Memoir of the Battle of the Somme
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BLOOD IN THE TRENCHES A Memoir of the Battle of the Somme
Product Code: 25469

A professional writer in civilian life, Captain A. Radclyffe Dugmore's account of his Great War experiences up to and including the Somme is an exceptional war memoir, including the author's brief spell in German captivity in 1914 when as a civilian observer he was wounded and taken prisoner. Riv...

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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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BYNG OF VIMY
General and Governor General
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BYNG OF VIMY General and Governor General
Product Code: 25431

Julian Byng was one of the best of the much-maligned Great War Generals. A courageous reformer, he masterminded the brilliant withdrawal from Gallipoli, captured Vimy Ridge with the Canadian Corps and commanded the first tank offensive at Cambrai, before playing a major part in the 100 days campa...

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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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ESCAPING FROM THE KAISER
The Dramatic Experiences of a Tommy POW
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ESCAPING FROM THE KAISER The Dramatic Experiences of a Tommy POW
Product Code: 25420

The thrilling personal story of a week in the hell of the Second Battle of Ypres, followed by 16 months of added suffering as a PoW of the Germans, but crowned with the happy ending of a successful escape, a miraculous journey back to Blighty and a joyful reunion with the author's fiance Sybil.

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FIGHTING ON THREE FRONTS
A Black Watch Battalion in the Great War
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FIGHTING ON THREE FRONTS A Black Watch Battalion in the Great War
Product Code: 25424

The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, a Scottish cavalry regiment, lost three quarters of its strength to casualties and disease in just two months deployed at Gallipoli - and was among the last units to leave the peninsular. The survivors were amalgamated as the Fourth Battalion of the famous Black Watc...

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