Tag: The Great War

Some Desperate Glory

‘Some Desperate Glory’ by Edwin Campion Vaughan

As the anniversary period for the Third Battle of Ypres begins, Bookbub have featured eBook editions of Some Desperate Glory – The Diary of a Young Officer, 1917 by Edwin Campion Vaughan in their daily special offer email. We’ve compiled a few details and reviews of the book, currently only 99p for eBook download, to let you know why this book is a Great War ‘must read’.

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Recommended Reading: 1917

1917 looks like it will become an award-winning blockbuster film, but how accurate is it?

Whilst the story behind the film is not strictly factual, it is based on a number of events that took place in 1917 which have been adapted into one script. Here we try to pick out those events and suggest further reading if you would like to delve deeper into the facts behind the fiction you see on-screen. 

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Harry Patch – The Last Fighting Tommy

A sand animation has recently brought to life the heart-breaking true story of the last fighting Tommy, Harry Patch. After being called up to serve in the 7th Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, Harry was conscripted to Belgium aged just 19.

Harry became on of the half a million casualties of Passchendaele, surviving a blast which killed three of this best friends.

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Passchendaele 100 Continues at P&S HQ…

Here’s just a small selection of the books we are reading this month! #WAWR?

• The Passchendaele Campaign 1917 – https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/The-Passchendaele-Campaign-1917-Hardback/p/13622

• Walking Ypres – https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Walking-Ypres-Paperback/p/6101

• Passchendaele In Perspective – https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Passchendaele-In-Perspective-Paperback/p/288

• Major & Mrs Holt’s Definitive Battlefield Guide to Ypres Salient & Passchendaele Eighth, Expanded, 100th Anniversary Edition – https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Major-Mrs-Holts-Definitive-Battlefield-Guide-to-Ypres-Salient-Passchendaele-Paperback/p/460

• The Road to Passchendaele (PB) – https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/The-Road-to-Passchendaele-Paperback/p/14071

An Author Pic With A Difference

Here’s Martin Pegler author of ‘Sniping in the Great War’ with the same 1916 rifle as depicted on the book jacket! Pretty cool right?


Military snipers are highly trained marksmen who target individual enemy soldiers. They are regarded as vital specialists in modern warfare, and their role evolved throughout the Great War. As Martin Pegler shows in this wide-ranging, authoritative study, the technique of sniping adapted rapidly to the conditions of static warfare that prevailed through much of the conflict. His account follows the development of sniping from the early battles of 1914, through the trench fighting and the attritional offensives of the middle years, to the renewed open warfare of 1918. He concentrates on the continuous British and German sniping war on the Western Front, but he also looks at how snipers operated in other theatres, at Gallipoli and Salonika and on the Eastern Front. Sniper training, fieldcraft and counter-sniping measures are described in detail. There is a full reference section giving the specification of the sniping rifles of the period and assessing their effectiveness in combat. Also featured are vivid memoirs and eyewitness accounts that offer a fascinating insight into the lethal skill of Great War snipers and their deadly trade.

Sniping in the Great War is OUT NOW with 20% off the RRP: https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Sniping-in-the-Great-War-Paperback/p/13326

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