Facebook Twitter Youtube Instagram Pinterest LinkedIn

Reading in the Great War 1914-1916 (ePub)

WWI Towns & Cities in the Great War 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918

By David Bilton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
File Size: 27.3 MB (.epub)
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781473865891
Published: 23rd March 2016

in_stock

£0.99 was £12.99

You save £12.00 (92%)


National Publicity

As featured on BBC News Online

You'll be £0.99 closer to your next £10.00 credit when you purchase Reading in the Great War 1914-1916. What's this?

Need a currency converter? Check XE.com for live rates

Other formats available Price
Reading in the Great War 1914-1916 Paperback Add to Basket £12.99
Reading in the Great War 1914-1916 Kindle (55.6 MB) Add to Basket £0.99


How the experience of war impacted on the town, from the initial enthusiasm for sorting out the German kaiser in time for Christmas 1914, to the gradual realization of the enormity of human sacrifice the families of Reading were committed to as the war stretched out over the next four years. A record of the growing disillusion of the people, their tragedies and hardships and a determination to see it through.

Reading's experiences during the Great War can be taken as standing for the many smaller but important towns in the country whose story will never be told. However, being a county town it experienced both industrial and agrarian pressures that deeply affected its population. Initially enthusiastic about the war, recruitment soon dropped and the local regiment filled with men from the big cities. By 1916 most of the eligible men were keen to find ways to stay out of the army. In the centre of the town was the infamous Reading jail – home to Irish dissidents, terrorists and POWs. On the surface it was a calm town that got on with its business: beer, biscuits, metalwork, seeds and armaments but its poverty impacted on industrial relations leading to strikes. It also had a darker side with child cruelty and death, especially suicide.

As featured on.

BBC News

As featured in

Round & About Magazine

As reviewed in

Local Buzz Magazine
 David Bilton

About David Bilton

David Bilton is a retired teacher who spends his time looking after his family, working as a University lecturer and researching the Great War. He is the prolific author of numerous books about the British Army, the Home Front and the German Army. His first book, The Hull Pals, became the BBC 2 series The Trench. Since he started writing he has contributed to many television and radio programmes. His interest in the Great War was ignited by his grandfather's refusal to talk about his experiences in Gallipoli and on the Western Front.

More titles by David Bilton

Other titles in the series...

Other titles in Pen & Sword Military...