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Dictionary of the First World War (Paperback)

WWI Verdun Military

By Stephen Pope, Elizabeth-Anne Wheal
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military Classics
Pages: 562
ISBN: 9780850529791
Published: 1st November 2007



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This comprehensive dictionary of one of the world's greatest conflicts contains over 1,200 entries, combining facts, narrative and analysis, and covers all aspects of history's first global conflict such as:

- Actions from Achi Baba to the Zeebrugge raid, from the Falkland Islands to the Masurian Lakes.
- Campaigns from the Arab Revolt to Verdun, from East Africa to East Prussia.
- Theatres of war from the Baltic to the Balkans, from Africa to the Arctic.
- Fighters and commanders from Abdullah ibn Hussein to Sergeant York via Pershing, Pilsudski and Petain.
- Forces from the Romanian Navy to the Royal Flying Corps, from the South Persia Rifles to the Serbian Army.
- Weapons and equipment from balloons and bayonets to Battleships and Big Bertha.
- Tactics and strategies from submarine warfare to sniping, from the Schlieffen Plan to strategic bombing, breakthrough and blockade
- Politics and diplomacy from Willhelm II to Woodrow Wilson, from the July Crisis to Versailles
- Home Fronts from the Armenian Massacres to the Amiens
- Dispatch, from Albania to Australia, from women to war socialism.

For any researcher or historian who focuses on the First World War, this is a vital point of reference. More than that, this book is an important addition to any library, not least following the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and the increased interest in it. The book is very accessible and will enable people to make important connections in their research of the Great War.

Throughout out there are key reference points such as the various fronts, theatres key terms tactics and information on individual actions, leaders and weapons.  Technical data is attached to the entries describing aircraft, ships and tanks thus providing a rough guide on performance.  Also, maps are included to help the readers to find their way around the text with focus on military movements and a reference guide to locations rather than armies.

Jon Sandison, Freelance
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