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The horrors and sacrifices of the First World War are deeply engrained in the national psyche - as we approach the centenary its echoes sound louder than ever. The four years between 1914 – 1918 irrevocably changed the lives of its participants and each subsequent generation, right up to the present day. One hundred years later and the themes are still familiar – unrest in the Balkans, unification of Europe, the rise and fall of nation states.

Pen & Sword Books have an unrivalled list of Great War titles covering the tragic yet often glorious events of ‘the war to end all wars’. These describe, often in the words of participants, combat on the ground, in the trenches, as well as in the air and at sea. We have a superb range battlefield guide books, memoirs and descriptive historical accounts by expert authors. Our comprehensive list of Great War titles provide an excellent insight into this most complex, and affecting, of conflicts.



This essential book concludes with key information for all wishing to visit the battlefield including, places to stay and the walking and driving routes to be followed.

Military Historical Society

This detailed appraisal of the Gallipoli campaign from the victorious Ottoman perspective is essential reading.

Military Historical Society

This is now the fifth edition of what is surely one of the great classics of Gallipoli literature.

Military Historical Society

'This book contains first-hand accounts of the major battles including the Battle of the Somme, mixing the horror and brutality of war with a soldier's black humour as well as some stinging critical comments about the strategies and tactics employed by the officers.'

Bridgwater Mercury

With such authoritative authors as John Cooksey and Jerry Murland at the helm, you'd expect nothing less than a cracking guide to these battles and the grounds over which they were fought, and that's exactly what you get. The writing is measured and informative and the chapters liberally sprinkled with anecdotes detailing individual, as well as collective, deeds of heroism and sacrifice. This, as the cover proclaims, is a guide to the Western Front by car, by bike and on foot and there are useful maps and clearly defined routes for those wishing to explore the ground where so much blood was shed. For anyone contemplating a tour of these battlegrounds, this book will be an indispensable companion; something to slip into the rucksack along with plastic mac, bottles of water and poppy crosses to lay at those all too many memorials and cemeteries in these particular foreign fields.

Paul Nixon