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Western Front

Trench warfare was not totally unknown in 1914, medieval sieges and the Crimean and American Civil Wars had all seen it, None could have foretold what a permanent feature of the conflict it would become when the armies stopped moving and the lines solidified that September. The technical superiority of the defence over the offensive dictated both the static nature of the western front, and the high casualty rates as Allied commanders tried again and again to break through fields of barbed wire and brutal machine gun fire with waves of men. Only technological developments such as the tank, poison gas, underground and aerial warfare, economic blockade and more sophisticated infantry 'bite and hold' tactics served to break the deadlock. By then a generation had been lost. The Naval and Military Press have an unrivaled stock of books on the western front, and the heroic but tragic fighting that characterised it.

Western Front



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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RAIDING ON THE WESTERN FRONT
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RAIDING ON THE WESTERN FRONT
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An important new study on Great War trench raids : how they were conducted; their success and failures; their results, consequences, effects on morale and ultimate military worth. Not a dry read, the book has nail-biting accounts of the action with many examples of courage, daring and leadership....

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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

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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TILL THE TRUMPET SOUNDS AGAIN
The Scots Guards 1914-19 in their own words. Volume 2: 'Vast tragedy', August 1916 - March 1919
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TILL THE TRUMPET SOUNDS AGAIN The Scots Guards 1914-19 in their own words. Volume 2: 'Vast tragedy', August 1916 - March 1919
Product Code: 25314

“When I first read the title of this magnificent set of books I have to admit to a slight groan “In their own words”, is usually the term for a rehash of contemporary firsthand accounts about Tommy's life at war, this is something that I have a particular aversion to, how wrong I was to make thi...

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TILL THE TRUMPET SOUNDS AGAIN
The Scots Guards 1914-19 in their own words. Volume 1: 'Great Shadows', August 1914 - July 1916
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TILL THE TRUMPET SOUNDS AGAIN The Scots Guards 1914-19 in their own words. Volume 1: 'Great Shadows', August 1914 - July 1916
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“When I first read the title of this magnificent set of books I have to admit to a slight groan “In their own words”, is usually the term for a rehash of contemporary firsthand accounts about Tommy's life at war, this is something that I have a particular aversion to, how wrong I was to make thi...

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ULSTER WILL FIGHT
Volume 2: The 36th (Ulster) Division in training and at war 1914-1918
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ULSTER WILL FIGHT Volume 2: The 36th (Ulster) Division in training and at war 1914-1918
Product Code: 25317

"I am not an Ulsterman but yesterday, the 1st. July, as I followed their amazing attack, I felt that I would rather be an Ulsterman than anything else in the world." (Cpt Wilfred Spender, 2 July 1916. The 36th (Ulster) Division, was very much a ‘people's Divisions'. In an era of ‘Pals Battalions'...

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1918: THE LAST ACT
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1918: THE LAST ACT
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In what has become a classic account of 1918, the climactic year of the Great War on the western front, the acclaimed military historian Barrie Pitt describes the battles - from the German Spring offensives to the Allied counter attacks which led to the Armistice; profiles the major players; and ...

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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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RETREAT AND REARGUARD 1914
The BEF's Actions From Mons To The Marne
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RETREAT AND REARGUARD 1914 The BEF's Actions From Mons To The Marne
Product Code: 25239

The Battle of Mons on 23 August 1914 started a full blown retreat by the BEF over 200 blood drenched miles. In this fascinating book the Author examines eighteen of the ensuing desperate rearguard actions that occurred over the twelve days of this near rout. While those at Le Cateau and Nery ar...

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SOMME INTELLIGENCE
Fourth Army HQ 1916
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SOMME INTELLIGENCE Fourth Army HQ 1916
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This is the original compilation of Intelligence reports flowing into 4th Army HQ at Querrieu Chateau on the eve of the Somme offensive. Gleaned from a wide array of sources including PoW interviews, aerial observation, captured German documents and intercepted messages, these combined to give t...

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