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They Were There in 1914 (Hardback)

Memories of the Great War 1914–1918 by those who experienced it

WWI 1914 Military

By William Langford
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781783831050
Published: 3rd November 2014


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In September 1938, as Chamberlain was having discussions with Herr Hitler, and managing to secure 'Peace in our Time', a weekly magazine called I WAS THERE hit the newsagents and booksellers. Twenty years had elapsed since the Great War ended and in that period hundreds of books on the subject had been written by those who took part. It was from these published sources that extracts were taken from the personal stories of soldiers, sailors and airmen who had experienced the 'war to end all wars' first-hand. The magazine I WAS THERE proved popular with the public and came only came to an end as the Second World War broke out.

This rework – in book form – They Were There has allowed these stories of 1914 to be aired once more – covering exciting accounts from Mons to the Christmas Truce, 1914, and to the German naval bombardment of the East Coast of England in December of that year. We are confident that many will agree, these stories are well worth ressurecting and presenting in book form to readers of the 21st Century – 100 years after they were first told.

The book consists of 32 accounts covering 1914, from the soldier who fired the first British rifle shot of the war, to the infamous Christmas truce. In between many well-known events are included, from the crossings of the Marne and the Aisne, the siege of Antwerp, and the battles of First Ypres...

...The accompanying photos are fantastic and many will be familiar to students of the war.

WW1 Geek

The original articles were well written, and all are first-hand accounts from the soldiers, sailors and airmen who - as we're told - were there.

Paul Nixon, Amazon Reviewer

About William Langford

William Langford has been employed in printing and publishing for fifty years. His works for Pen & Sword include: The Great War Illustrated 1914; Great Push – The Battle of the Somme 1916; Somme Intelligence and They Were There! 1914.

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