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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A very real, no-holds-barred picture of an awful era...Peppered with references to city landmarks and local families, it's an engrossing read.

Bristol Post's Weekend Magazine

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South Wales Evening Post

The author...has admirably handled a wealth of information to capture an element of the First World War that could be overlooked in this centenary year...Superb photos accompany the accounts.

Blackmore Vale Magazine

Charlie 'Ginger' Byrne records his memoirs, warts 'n all, and has no fear of telling the mundane and the humorous along with the brave and horrific. From lice to nasty corporals, from bacon and dripping to the Chinese Labour Corps, Byrne crams it all in and leaves you educated and fascinated with details I have never had the privilege to read before. ... This is a true soldiers tale, quick-paced, funny, sad and probably one of the best books I've picked up and read this year.

War History Online

The book tells the story of the formation and, in some cases, the decimation of the 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Battalions of the Northumberland Fusiliers, better known simply as The Tyneside Scottish. The story is told, as is usual (and sensible) in this series in chronological order so that we get some background on the area the men came from, the recruiting, training and finally service overseas. There's a very interesting appendix on some of the physical defects encountered in the men on, or shortly after, attestation, and as with all the books in this series, the pages are well illustrated. ... This is a great book and an essential addition to those books, many of these published in recent years, which have brought Britain's volunteer army of 1914 back to life.

Paul Nixon, Amazon Reviewer