Book Review – Mister Browrigg’s Boys, Magdalen College School and the Great War

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This book is a story of a system of education, of a society that it was set in but, above all, it is the story of fifty boys who lost their lives in terrible conflict that so scared a generation that it was considered the War to End All Wars, only to lead on to a second terrible conflict.

The text captures attention and the illustrations fully support the text. Each reader will take away something unique and be pleased to have devoted time to read the story.

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Book Review – The Underground War, Vimy Ridge to Arras

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This book is the first of four planned volumes. When all four volumes become available, the much avoided, but important, subject of underground warfare on the Western Front will have been effectively completed for the first time. This first volume is comprehensive and balanced, drawing on material from both British and German archives. The very high standard of illustration is important to the support of the text. Can’t wait for the next volumes!!!!

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Book Review – Conscientious Objectors of the First World War, A Determined Resistance

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In any centenary year, publishers churn out books to commemorate the date. The outbreak of WWI in 1914 has been no exception. With few exceptions, this event has produced a fine selection of books and, even where one campaign, or one battle, has been covered by several authors, each has offered fresh insight and provided a valuable additional book. This book fits into this situation. The author has covered a subject that continues to generate heated debate. It is also a subject that has received little balanced coverage. This book is well researched and presents credible arguments. It may do little to change established positions, but it provides the detail to consider positions. A book that deserves to be read.

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Book Review – Escaping from the Kaiser, The Dramatic Experiences of a Tommy PoW

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of anniversary publishing is that it brings to print stories that somehow have been missed by authors and historians, or were printed at that long past time and then faded from the book shelves. A great deal has been written about WWII POWs. Much of this coverage has been by British publishers and concentrated on British POWs, mentioning the exploits of other nationalities almost in passing. Very little has been written about WWI POWs although they were at least as active and ingenious as their WWII equivalents. This autobiographical book as all the more welcome because it addresses this deficiency. It is also a cracking read that could be taken for a thriller novel. This is a book not to miss.

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Book Review – Reporting From The Front, War Reporters During The Great War

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By the start of WWI, war reporters were present in some numbers. Stills photographers were almost as numerous, and the first war film cameramen were operating at the front. It was often a very dangerous job and casualties mounted. It provided a very broad coverage of action on land, sea and in the air. It began to change some of the practices of war and it produced huge amounts of material, some of which is only now being examined, 100 years after the events.

The descriptive and engaging text is strongly supported by a very interesting photo plate section. A very good book on a little-told story.

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Book Review – The British Expeditionary Force, The 1914 Campaign

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In any centenary year, publishers churn out books to commemorate the date. The outbreak of WWI in 1914 has been no exception. With few exceptions, this event has produced a fine selection of books and, even where one campaign, or one battle, has been covered by several authors, each has offered fresh insight and provided a valuable additional book. This book fits into this situation. Many authors will naturally cover the 1914 Campaign on the Western front because it was the point were initial war of movement gave way to a unique and terrible form of fixed line fighting from trenches. That the German advance bogged down was due to the incredible bravery of the small British Expeditionary Force which tenaciously fought the very much larger German force and brought them to a standstill.

One of the valuable aspects of this book is that there are many battle maps and this very capably supports the text. A book well worth reading and a good starting point for all of those new readers who want to find out more about WWI and perhaps the parts played by family members a century ago.

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Book Review – Temporary Heroes, Lieutenant Norman Cecil Down

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In any centenary year, publishers churned out books in commemorate the date. The outbreak of WWI in 1914 has been no exception. With few exceptions, this event has produced a fine selection of books and even where one campaign of one battle has been covered by several authors, each has offered fresh insight and provided a valuable additional book. This book fits into this situation. It is a most enjoyable book and provides a refreshingly different approach.

Illustration is confined to an appendix with cartoon sketches. A great read

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