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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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If you only read one book on the last year of the Great War, make it this fine tome.

Destructive Music

An informed view of the role of artillery during the First World War.

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Recommended in the Foreign Office Ministerial Reading List - Summer 2014

Foreign Office Ministerial Reading List - Summer 2014

Pen & Sword’s ‘Battleground’ series is well-established, currently numbering over 140 titles. This volumes covers the fighting around Langemarck in 1914, as the British and French desperately fought to defend the salient around Ypres. The book covers the period from 20th October – 11th November 1914; at a shade over 200 pages it is able to do so in depth. Whilst British involvement in the fighting ended on 24th October, the book covers the subsequent fighting between the French and German troops in order to provide a fully-rounded account of the action. With Jack Sheldon and Nigel Cave as authors, you know that you are in reliable hands, and the book does not disappoint. Jack Sheldon is well-known as a British authority on the German Army of the First World War, and this experience and expertise is evident throughout the book. The action is presented from both sides, handily highlighted by a German pickelhaube or Tommy’s cap to provide a visual distinction between the two! Nearly.. Read more

WWI Geek

The five volumes that constitute Arthur Marder's 'From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow' represent arguably amongst the finest contributions to the literature of naval history...and are still regarded by many as the definitive history of naval events leading up to and including the First World War. This outstanding work, which has withstood the passage of time, is a first class read and deserves to be in the library of all those interested in naval history. Highly recommended.

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