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.

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This book provides a unique set of views from the commanders involved in the Italian Campaign. Essential reading for military history enthusiasts, but also a fascinatingly different set of insights for those wishing to develop their knowledge and appreciation of WWII.


The author has considered many factors to reveal the nature and outcome of the fight for Bourlon Wood. The book is well-written and supported by a useful photo-plate section. Fresh light is thrown on a dark episode in British military history. A rewarding read.


The original articles were well written, and all are first-hand accounts from the soldiers, sailors and airmen who - as we're told - were there.

Paul Nixon, Amazon Reviewer

With so many new histories of the First World War being written by celebrities or academics who have never seen military service, it's nice to see the reissue of one written by an academic who not only served as an officer in the war, but wrote part of the Official History, too. A worthy addition to the bookshelves about the First World War.

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