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The Great War Explained (Paperback)

Aviation > WWI Military WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Verdun

By Philip Stevens
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 221
ISBN: 9781473821217
Published: 30th April 2014
Last Released: 16th April 2014



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This is much more than just another book to add to the thousands on The Great War. It sets out to fill a gap. Written for the layman by a layman (who is also an articulate and experienced battlefield guide) it summarises the key events and contributions of key individuals, some well, others unknown but with a story to tell.

To get a true picture of this monumental event in history, it is necessary to grasp the fundamentals, be they military, political, social or simply human. The slaughters at Verdun, Somme and Passchendaele are no more than statistics without the stories of those that fought, drowned and died there.

It is designed to capture the imagination and feed the mind of those ever increasing number of people who seek a better understanding of The Great War.

It is greatly to the author's credit that he has produced a work that is logically arranged, readable, sensible and for many people unfamiliar with this period of history, a valuable and interesting explanation. Overall it is good and well worth the money.

The Long, Long Trail

The author is to be roundly applauded for providing what can be considered an excellent and essential starting point for anyone interested in understanding the Great War.
Concise, authoritative and well written, the reader gets a clear overall view of the war which covers all the essential background, explanations of the conduct of the war and vivid personal testimonies. With the 100th anniversary now upon us, this wok would make a fine introduction to all newcomers, but those with a lifelong interest will also find much here to add to their general store of knowledge and better understanding of the conflict. A work which is eminently worth adding to your Great War collection.

The Great War Magazine

Stevens' book is very accessible and the perfect book for anyone exploring the history of the Great War for the first time....A useful, concise, well-written guide to the Great War.

Destructive Music

The book is presented in a fun, conversational style – loaded with some interesting pieces of trivia scattered throughout in box-outs. The upbeat writing style is one of the book’s strongest assets, as it gives the impression of being on a battlefield tour with a particularly knowledgeable and affable guide. The pacing is excellent, never lingering too long, never skimming over an area too quickly.

Suppressing Fire

The book is essential reading for anyone planning to undertake a Great War battlefield tour or gain a better understanding of this dramatic period in our history.

Essex Family Historian

Philip Steven's is in the vanguard and has given us, in a concise and readable from, a book which everyone will be able to understand, explaining the Great War to that new generation who will be growing up without knowledge of those splendid veterans whom we older folk know so well. I would commend this book to anyone coming to the Great War for the first time and even an old hand could benefit fom a fresh glance from the back foot.

Stand To! Western Front Association

Almost a century on, interest in the events of the First World War is far from declining. As the author points out in his introduction, he started writing after he had guided a battlefield tour during which the question was asked “Where can I find a beginner's guide to why we are here and what we are seeing?” This book is the result.

Britain at War

An absorbing, intelligent and very well written book detailing the war not as a traditional history, but as an easily accessible guide, if you will, to the events and people. The book offers the reader a way of gaining a better and broader understanding of the conflict. Covering vital background information, explanations of the conduct of the war and vivid personal testimonies, this is a book that can be used as a perfect introduction to the subject and as a guide to those with substantially more knowledge and interest. First-class work. 10/10.

The Great War Magazine

I have just received my copy of this book and already I'm hooked!

Having tried many times to understand the facts and politics behind this major event in our history I have finally found a book that brings to life the conflict, the major characters and events that shaped it as well as the often tragic stories of the soldiers themselves. Including the first man of colour to fight for the British Army.

This excellent book is helping me understand the battles and people that I have felt I should know more about: Kitchener, Douglas Haig, Bismarck, verdun, The Somme, Galipoli.

The many, useful and detailed appendices make this a valuable reference resource as well as an easy to read account of the First World War.

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 Philip Stevens

About Philip Stevens

Philip Stevens is a full time author and expert on The Western Front. Before this he served as a regular officer in the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.

He regularly takes parties on battlefield tours.

Philip also has a Facebook project called The Great War Explained (https://www.facebook.com/PhilipStevensGreatWar/?fref=ts), a daily diary telling of an event of exactly 100 years ago on each day.

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