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A Company of Tanks [Illustrated Edition]

?Steel, mud, blood and courage on the Western FrontThis is a fine book because it is a superb first hand eye-witness account of British Tanks in action throughout the First World War. Without much preamble Watson launches the reader, in company with the author?s brother officers, men and machines into the heart of the field of conflict on the 11th Corps forward line on the Western Front in the Autumn and Winter of 1916. From that point to the end of the book and the war itself the narrative takes us inexorably into the dark heart of war the tankers knew. Battles and battlefield experiences in their various phases (sometimes the book includes descriptions as expansive as three chapters each) are covered in engrossing detail. We join the author and the men we come to know as personalities, at First and Second Bullecourt, in much detail at Third Ypres and Cambrai before Amiens, the breaking of the Hindenburg Line and Second Le Cateau. This is a primary source work within a finite resource and as such is beyond value. Nevertheless, it is also a highly absorbing read to be relished by students of the period-professional and amateur alike. Available in soft cover and hard back with dust jacket for collectors.?-Leonaur Print VersionAuthor ? Major William Henry Lowe Watson, D.S.O., D.C.M. (1891-1931)Text taken, whole and complete, from the edition published in Edinburgh; William Blackwood, 1920.Original Page Count ? vii and 296 pagesMaps ? 8 sketch maps.

Ballads of a Bohemian

This book contains a beautiful collection of poems linked through a common narration by the "author" Stephen Poore. These poems detail his bohemian life in Paris prior to the war, his experiences during World War I, and his life in the aftermath of the war. A fantastic collection of poesy that will be enjoyed by all lovers of poetry, this book shall especially appeal to fans of Service's seminal work. Robert William Service (1874 - 1958) was a prolific British-Canadian writer and poet, most famous for his poems, "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee". Elected for modern republication due to its immense literary value, this book is proudly republished here complete with a new prefatory biography of the author. Ballads Of A Bohemian was originally published in 1922.

Covered With Mud and Glory: A Machine Gun Company in Action (“Ma Mitrailleuse”)

The author of this book, SERGEANT-MAJOR GEORGES LAFOND, of the Territorial Hussars, was in South America at the time of mobilization. He returned to France as soon as possible and joined his corps, but asked to be assigned as intelligence officer to the machine-gun sections of the first regiment of Colonial Infantry.With this picked corps, which has been decimated several times, he took part in the engagements in Champagne, on the Somme, at Lihons, Dompierre, Herb?court, and notably in the days from the first to the fifth of July, where the regiment earned its second citation and received the fourrag?re.Lafond was discharged after the battles of Maisonnette, and wrote this book of recollections in the hospital at Abbeville, and afterwards at Montpellier, where he had to undergo a severe operation. Sergeant-Major Lafond?s narrative makes no claim to literary pretension, but it is simply a collection of actual occurrences. It is a series of short narratives which give the life of a company of machine gunners from the day of its formation to the hour when it was so decimated that it had to be reorganized with men from other corps.

General Bramble (WWI Centenary Series)

This early work by Andr? Maurois was originally published in 1921 and we are now republishing it as part of our WWI Centenary Series. 'General Bramble' is a cute comic work and a sequel to 'The Silence of Colonel Bramble'. It is translated from the original French by Jules Castier and Ronald Boswell. This book is part of the World War One Centenary series; creating, collating and reprinting new and old works of poetry, fiction, autobiography and analysis. The series forms a commemorative tribute to mark the passing of one of the world's bloodiest wars, offering new perspectives on this tragic yet fascinating period of human history. Each publication also includes brand new introductory essays and a timeline to help the reader place the work in its historical context.

Sinking the Lusitania: Shadows of Doubt

Sinking the Lusitania is a Centenary year book which revisits the myriad questions surrounding the fatal voyage and the impact it had on the western world. The old rules of war sank with the Cunard liner on 7 May 1915. The bronze torpedo from the German submarine U-20 penetrated the hull and the secondary explosion ripped the bottom from the majestic ship and 1,200 lives were lost ten miles off the Old Head of Kinsale on Ireland's southern shores. What contraband war materials aboard could have created such horrendous destruction? The new rule was that there were now no rules. Charges were made that the Lusitania was a floating arsenal, that passengers acted as a protective shield and that civilians were unknowingly used as guardian angels against being attacked Sinking the Lusitania ? Shadows of Doubt presents the Great War as the first war in history to involve millions of human beings being slaughtered with the prize of winning being world-wide commercial markets. Propaganda helped determine policy and conspiracy was the fabric covering all. In the turmoil of war, huge and costly mistakes were made and the modernized propaganda media of Great Britain made Germany's counter-efforts an exercise in futility. Efforts to mediate the conflict by President Woodrow Wilson were equally futile and caste aside. Blunders in land and sea battles are brought forth in the Gallipoli Campaign for which Winston Churchill drew the blame. British Intelligence under Capt Reginald Hall knew the location of every ship and submarine the German Navy had sent to the south coast of Ireland, yet the Lusitania traveled unescorted into the most dangerous waters of Great Britain. Was she set up to be damaged or sunk? Would this bring the United States into the war on Britain's side and keep revolutionary Ireland tethered to Britain's side? The shadows of doubt remain.

The Backwash of War: The Human Wreckage of the Battlefield as Witnessed by an American Hospital Nurse

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface.We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

The Best of Fragments From France

Bruce Bairnsfather (BB) was the most famous cartoonist of the First World War and his soldier characters Old Bill, Bert and Alf, faced with sardonic good humor everything that the Germans, the mud and their officers could throw at them. However, Bruce (known by some as 'The Man Who Won the War') never received the acclaim that he deserved for the morale boost that his cartoons gave to the troops at the front and to the people back at home. The 50th Anniversary of Bairnsfather's death on 29 September 2009 offered an opportunity to redress the balance, and acknowledging it in combination with raising funds for Help for Heroes (H4H) seemed to be most appropriate. The cartoons reproduced in this collection were originally drawn for The Bystander, a popular weekly magazine, in which they appeared each Tuesday throughout most of the Great War. Their effect on the public was totally unexpected, and so dramatic that Bystander sales soared. The organization, with unerring good judgement, decided it had a winner in Bairnsfather, and published the first 43 of his cartoons in an anthology. It was produced in February 1916, given the name Fragments from France and sold for 1s. On the front cover was a colored print of The Better 'Ole which soon became, and was to remain, the most loved of all Bairnsfather's cartoons. The authors own the original. Sales quickly reached a quarter of a million and a second anthology was published, More Fragments from France. It was described on the title page as 'Vol II' and the price was still 1s. The cartoon on the cover was 'What time do they feed the sea lions'? In this volume The Bystander launched the first of a series of imaginative marketing exercises, similar to modern promotional methods. The full extent of the proliferation of the cartoons on all manner of products, from playing cards to pottery, is described in our Bairnsfather biography. Soon Still More Fragments from France were clamored for, and, with an eye to the future, the booklet was labeled No. 3 on the cover, Vol III on the title page. The success of the Fragments magazines was such that edition followed edition in rapid succession and at least eleven editions were published. The covers retained the same cartoon but were reproduced in different colors, both of board and ink , green, blue, red, grey, fawn and mauve. In America Putnam's issued Nos. I-IV as one volume and parts V and VI separately. Various hard and leather-bound collections were offered for sale by The Bystander, and the drawings were sold separately as prints and "Portfolios" for framing. They were also printed in color as giveaways for Answers magazine. Leafing through these pages, the reader will soon understand their tremendous popularity and success which have withstood the test of time.

The DIGGERS – the Australians in France

In this small ebook, are but nine chapters which give an Australian perspective of their time spent on the Western Front in France. The imperishable deeds of the Commonwealth?s glorious soldiers, least of all the Australians, or Diggers, have carved for themselves a deep niche in the topmost towers of the Temple of the Immortals. The story of the valour of the Diggers will live throughout the ages, and future generations of Australians will speak of them as we do of all the heroic figures of antiquity. Their valour has covered Australia with a lustre that shines throughout the world, so that her name, which in 1914 was little known, by 1918 had become a household word in the mouths of all the peoples of the earth. The Great War made Australia?a young community without traditions?a nation, acutely and proudly conscious of its nationality. Upon that day some hundred years gone, when in the grey of early dawn the first Australian soldier leapt upon an unknown shore and in the face of a murderous fire scaled the heights of Gaba Tepe?a feat of arms almost unparalleled in the history of war?the young Australian Community put on the toga of nationhood, and in one stride entered on a footing equal to any other nation in the family of free nations of the earth. Gallipoli?scene of that most glorious attempt which though falling short of the promised success, lost nothing of its greatness?thy name is and forever will be held sacred to all! When Gallipoli had been given up as a forlorn hope, the soldiers of the Commonwealth were relocated to Europe?s Western Front, when in the Spring of 1918 the great German offensive pressed back and by force of numbers broke through the sorely tried British line, the Australian divisions were hurried down from the North and rushed up to stem the German armies. The story of the battles fought by the Australians before Amiens is amongst the most thrilling in the history of this great world conflict. Here the fate of civilization was decided. The great German army, marching along the road in column of route, like the armies of Napoleon a hundred years before, ?reached the crest of high land overlooking Amiens, and with but a few miles between them and the key to Paris, were held up by a veritable handful of Australians, later reinforced as the rest of the Divisions came to hand. It was the turning of the tide; the fighting raged around Villers-Bretonneux, but the car of the German Juggernaut rolled forward no more. An impassable barrier had been set up beyond which the enemy could not pass. But the young soldiers of Australia, not satisfied with arresting his onward march, began to force the Hun back; at first slowly, and then faster and faster, until in the great offensive of August 8, when along with four Divisions of Canadians and two British, they swept him back in headlong rout, nor gave him pause until breaking through the vaunted Hindenburg line they stood victorious at Beaurevoir. The deeds of these brave men will remain forever fresh in the minds of the Commonwealth and Allied nations. Australia has reason to be proud of her war effort; she has done great things; but she has paid a great price. That a small community of just five million recruited and sent 330,000 men twelve thousand miles across the seas, is a great thing. The number dead?57,000?with total casualties?289,723?show how great the price Australia paid for Liberty. Indeed, it was the ?new? colonies of South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Canada which paid a heavy price in war dead. It would only be another 21 years before they would be asked to pay yet again.

The NEW ZEALANDERS AT GALLIPOLI – an Account of the New Zealand Forces During the Gallipoli Campaign

"The New Zealanders at Gallipoli," was researched and compiled by Major Fred Waite (21 August 1885 ? 29 August 1952), D.S.O., N.Z.E., C.M.G., V.D., who served with the main body and the N.Z. & A. Division as a Staff Officer of Engineers during the Great War. During the Second World War, Waite was overseas commissioner for the National Patriotic Fund Board and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services in this role. In the introduction he wrote ?These popular histories of New Zealand's share in the Great War are designed to present to the people of New Zealand the inspiring record of the work of our sons and daughters overseas.? The movements of the ANZACs are traced from their various points of departure around New Zealand, via Australia to Colombo, Aden and through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal to eventual disembarkation at Alexandria, Egypt. After a spell of training in Egypt, the Anzacs were shipped across the Mediterranean to the Gallipoli peninsula in the Dardanelles in Northwest Turkey with an objective to capturing the peninsula as a prelude to invading Turkey and capturing Istanbul. Waite details the landing of the ANZACs on 25 April 1915, the many skirmishes and drives to get the ?upper hand? and the eventual evacuation in December 1915. Also included are many photographs of the terrain, encampments and maps to put the images into context, all of which give the reader a good feel for layout and the conditions being experienced by the troops. To this day, 25 April is celebrated in New Zealand and Australia as "Anzac Day". The Dardanelles were known in Classical Antiquity as the Hellespont, and in effect forms the continental boundary between Europe and Asia. Their importance was recognised as far back as 482BC. Herodotus tells us that at this time Xerxes I of Persia (the son of Darius the Great) had two pontoon bridges built across the width of the Hellespont at Abydos, in order that his huge army could cross from Persia into Greece. ?History also tells us they were vital to the defence of Constantinople during the Byzantine period of History (330AD ? 1453AD). ?Their importance was also recognised by the Ottoman Empire (1354AD ?1922AD) which was allied to Germany during the Great War, hence the attempt by the Allies to wrest control of the Dardanelles from Turkey in 1915.

Through the Wheat: A Novel: A Library of America eBook Classic

A neglected classic offers an unflinching depiction of the physical and psychological cost of modern warfare.For his 1923 novel?Through the