Military History Books

World War One


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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Norman Franks is one of the reliable historians we are lucky to have and he pops up here with a genuinely charming and engaging photo album of the Great War aces. ... This is a wonderful book. As ever, the accompanying text does the business in support of a genuinely beautiful collection of portraits and snaps of aces from across the conflict.

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The Herald Magazine

For me, this book ticks all of the boxes. It's well-researched, it's written in such a way that it will appeal to the experienced military historian and the relative newcomer, it's packed with eyewitness accounts, it's packed with maps, it includes footnotes, it includes an appendix (in this case an order of battle), it includes a bibliography. I know how long it can take to research a single action let alone an entire Army's retreat and Jerry Murland does a great job. He's an experienced author with a number of First World War titles under his belt and so he knows what he's doing and he does it well. The book, of course, is up to Pen & Sword's usual high production standards. You still can't beat the look, smell and feel of a good book, especially one that's both compelling and authoratitive. Top marks. A good, concise and clearly written account of a neglected battle.

Paul Nixon

Fighting the Great War at Sea will delight anyone who is interested in naval history.

Defense et Securite Internationale

This is a well-written account by a modest man who exhibited extreme gallantry on multiple occasions and who unfortunately did not live to tell the tale. His words though, conveyed through the beautifully produced new edition of his diary, are a fitting epitaph.

Paul Nixon