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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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Guest Post: Stephen Wynn

The entire world changed with the beginning of the First World War, not just in a military sense but socially as well. Never again would the world ever quite be the same. Much had to do with the sacrifices that people and their families made during the following four years, because with this came an expectation of a better tomorrow.

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Meet the author: Jim Crossley – Churchill’s Admiral in Two World Wars

We have an exclusive interview with Jim Crossley, author of the newly released Churchill’s Admiral in Two World Wars. Enjoy!

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Guest Post: Dr Stephen Ellis

Russia re-discovers its naval history.

Over the last decade most Western European nations and most of the English-speaking world have been commemorating the centenary of the First World War, from its beginning in the Balkans through the many theatres of war to its end in the forest near Compiegne. In virtually all of these commemorations there has been little or no recognition of the contribution of one of the great allies of the western nations, the Russian Empire. This is not new – almost from the moment of the armistice Russia’s massive effort in the four preceding years of the war appear to have been written off, a debt sunk by the Treaty at Brest Litovsk and regarded at Versailles as void. Millions of its soldiers killed and its treasure and lands devastated counted for nothing.

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Author Lecture: Vivien Newman – Corona conspiracy theories & World War One spies

Whether in times of war or pandemic, the “truth” and sorting it from fiction are crucial to survival. In her latest lecture,  Vivien Newman takes a look back at women spies of World War One through the lens of COVID-19.

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Author Lecture: Vivien Newman – Knighthood for Capt Tom – 2020? Why not VCs for women – 1917?


First of all we would like to wish the newly promoted Colonel Tom Moore a very happy 100th birthday. We have loved following his incredible fundraising efforts!

Today we have another lecture from Vivien Newman, in which she explores some interesting similarities between the WW1 fundraisers and Colonel Tom Moore. We hope you enjoy!

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Author Lecture: Vivien Newman – Corona Poets – Echoes of Great War

We have another fascinating lecture to share with you from Vivien Newman.

Over 100 years separate poetry written during the Great War and today’s coronavirus. So much in the world has changed, but not the things which really matter.


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On this day 1915 – The start of the Armenian Genocide

The 24th April 1915 marks the start of the Armenian Genocide, where over 1.5 million Armenians were murdered.

Armenian Genocide is a new, gripping short history that tells the story of a forgotten genocide: the men and women who died, the few who survived, and the diplomats who tried to intervene. We currently have the eBook edition available to purchase for only 99p.

Here’s an exclusive look at the introduction.

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Author Guest Post: Aidan Dodson

The Mystery of the Medway U-boats: solved.

Aidan Dodson

University of Bristol

Among the mud-flats of the Medway estuary rest the remains of three First World War German U-boats. One, in East Hoo Creek, still displays some features a submarine, with its raked stem still visible – although broken off and resting at a crazy angle – and its hull structure and ballast tanks visible, the outer plating having largely disappeared. See more here.

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Author Guest Post: Jim Crossley

Roger Keyes – Churchill’s Admiral in two World Wars

I had eight relations at the Battle of Jutland. My father was not among them, he was busy working up HMS Resolution a super dreadnaught battleship. The most distinguished of my family’s sailors was Commodore William Goodenough who gained well deserved plaudits for his performance, scouting for the battlefleet and sinking a German cruiser with a torpedo. I’ve never done anything brave like that -actually I have done nothing brave at all, but I have felt a curious affinity for the Royal Navy and I have an enormous admiration for the officers and men who served in it early in the last century. It was no place for milksops. The Commodore and his fellows were brought up under sail. They had to climb masts and fight with flapping heavy canvass a hundred feet over a raging sea. They had to handle small sailing cutters dodging around big ships in gigantic ocean waves. Ashore they were sometimes expected to establish order among frightened or furious crowds, drawing on the authority invested in a Royal Navy officer in those days. It is impossible not to admire the courage and the self confidence of that generation of British sailors.

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