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Just released: 1918 by Richard van Emden

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Brand new: 1918 – The Decisive Year in Soldiers’ own Words and Photographs

1918 proved to be the Allies’ year of victory, but what a monumental effort it was! From the moment Germany launched its all-out Spring offensive to win the war, British and Empire troops fought a tenacious and often last-ditch rearguard action. The Germans gambled with their best, battle-hardened men in one desperate offensive after another, searching for a decisive breakthrough that never came.

In those dark days of March, April and May 1918, Allied troops were tested as never before, their morale placed under microscopic scrutiny, their will to win examined and re-examined. Once again, the soldiers tell their story, giving their own perceptive thoughts and profoundly moving insights while never forgetting the humour that helped them survive.

And when the tables were turned in August, there began a campaign that would throw the enemy across the old ruptured battlefields of 1916 and 1917 and beyond, into open untouched countryside in the full bloom of summer. It took a hundred days of relentless fighting to reach Mons, the Belgian town where it had all started four years before.

A century on, best-selling First World War historian Richard van Emden builds on the popularity of his previous books, The Somme and The Road to Passchendaele, with this next volume including an extraordinary collection of soldiers’ photographs taken on their illegally-held cameras. Utilising an unparalleled collection of memoirs, diaries and letters written by the men who fought, Richard tells the riveting story of 1918, when decisive victory was grasped from near catastrophe.

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The Somme

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The Somme – The Epic Battle in the Soldiers’ Own Words and Photographs.

The offensive on the Somme took place between July and November 1916 and is perhaps the most iconic battle of the Great War. It was there that Kitchener’s famous ‘Pals’ Battalions were first sent into action en masse and it was a battlefield where many of the dreams and aspirations of a nation, hopeful of victory, were agonizingly dashed.

Because of its legendary status, the Somme has been the subject of many books. However, nothing has ever been published on the battle in which the soldiers’ own photographs have been used to illustrate both the campaign’s extraordinary comradeship and its carnage.

The Road to Passchendaele

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The Road to Passchendaele is the second volume in the highly-regarded series of books from the best-selling First World War historian Richard van Emden. Once again, using the winning formula of diaries and memoirs, and above all original photographs taken on illegally-held cameras by the soldiers themselves, Richard tells the story of 1917, of life both in and out of the line culminating in perhaps the most dreaded battle of them all, the Battle of Passchendaele.

The author has an outstanding collection of over 5,000 privately-taken and overwhelmingly unpublished photographs, revealing the war as it was seen by the men involved, an existence that was sometimes exhilarating, too often terrifying, and occasionally even fun. Richard van Emden interviewed 270 veterans of the Great War, has written extensively about the soldiers’ lives, and has worked on many television documentaries, always concentrating on the human aspects of war, its challenge and its cost to the millions of men involved. This book was first published in June 2017, in time for the 100th anniversary of the epic Battle of Passchendaele which began on 31st July 1917. Richard van Emden’s books have sold over 650,000 copies, appearing in The Times’ bestseller chart on a number of occasions. He has appeared on over forty television documentaries and has written nineteen books on the First World War.

Buy all three van Emden hardback volumes for only £52.50
Special offer: Shell Shocked Britain

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On sale, only £13: Shell Shocked Britain – The First World War’s Legacy for Britain’s Mental Health by Suzie Grogan.

We know that millions of soldiers were scarred by their experiences in the First World War trenches, but what happened after they returned home?

Suzie Grogan reveals the First World War’s disturbing legacy for soldiers and their families. How did a nation of broken men, and ‘spare’ women cope?

In 1922 the British Parliament published a report into the situation of thousands of ‘service patients’, or mentally ill ex-soldiers still in hospital. What happened to these men? Were they cured? What treatments were on offer? And what was the reception from their families and society?

Drawing on a huge mass of original sources, Suzie Grogan answers all those questions, combining individual case studies with a narrative on wider events. Unpublished material from the archives shows the true extent of the trauma experienced by the survivors. This is a fresh perspective on the history of the post-war period, and the plight of a traumatised nation.

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