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The Great War Illustrated - The Home Front (Paperback)

The Realization - Somme, Jutland and Verdun

Military P&S History > By Century > 20th Century P&S History > Social History WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Jutland WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Somme WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Verdun WWI > Home Front

By David Bilton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: The Great War Illustrated
Pages: 154
Illustrations: 300
ISBN: 9781473833708
Published: 6th July 2016



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Many books have looked at the effect of the war on the Home Front, but this is the first book to take a glimpse at the Home Front photographically from an international point of view, covering both Allied and enemy countries, juxtaposing the same situations in different countries to show a similar response.
This volume chronicles the changes brought on by just a few months of war: spies, increased casualties, food shortages, changes in work patterns, the shortage of men in the work force, women at work and at the end of the year the slow rush in Britain to volunteer for the army, hoping to not be called for service. It also looks at the Home Front for those caught behind enemy lines where life was both spartan, potentially dangerous and subject to the whim of the victor. The photographs, many of which have not been seen before and some which have never been published, clearly show that each year of war had a further profound effect on each nation. This unique series of international photographic books fits in with the author's more textual books on the Home Front: Hull in the Great War and Reading in the Great War, both of which explore the complex life of a city at war.

A graphic record which will appeal to all historians who will be left with a lasting visual impression of this conflict.

Essex Family Historian No.161

There are now a few books that cover the home front during the first world war, but not that many based mostly on photographs, and certainly not that many covering not only Britain but also the allied and enemy countries. David Bilton has compiled a brilliant collection of photographs that illustrate not only the effect the war had on the folks left behind, but also on the desperation, the futility of the war. Amazing.

Books Monthly, Paul Norman

... There are 105 pages of photographs many published for the first time. It is an admirable collection of interesting and illuminating pictures covering a range of themes from recruiting to Christmas, raids to casualties. The quality of production and printing is very high ensuring clear definition of the photographs combining to make an excellent volume.

Robert Bartlett
 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; an interest ignited by his paternal grandfather’s refusal to talk about his experiences at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. He is a prolific author whose books includes works on the British and German Army, the Home Front and Great War badges; this is volume three of the badges of the British Army in the Great War. Since he started writing he has contributed to television and radio programmes, appeared on Country File and Look North, and given talks on his work.

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