Russian Nazis Invade Ukraine

NUSSR

Russian Nazi Leader Putin has ordered the Russian Army into the Ukraine in strength in the most serious European incident since Adolf Hitler.

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Putin has finally ordered the Russian Army to invade the Ukraine in force after months of feeding in Russian Special Forces and deliberately targeting a civilian airliner. This is not only a declaration of war on a sovereign neighbouring State, but it is effectively a declaration of war on all democracies.

The turmoil in France and the useless lame duck US President have persuaded Putin that he can get away with a complete take over of the Ukraine. Putin may also have seen the situation in Syria and Iraq as distractions that will give him time to invade and hold the Ukraine.

This is the most serious threat to world peace since the German Nazis in the 1930s. That the incredibly incompetent Lord High Eurocrat Crony Ashton and the EUSSR gave Putin the original encouragement to attack the Ukraine is no defence of the Russian Nazis. Russia is now a criminal State and should be treated as such. Putin is gaming on a lack of backbone in European leaders and the US President.

NATO has now very few options. The rapid strengthening of its borders with Russia is already well underway and is likely to continue at an increased pace. The US is already for example refurbishing armoured fighting vehicles and returning them to reserve bases in Europe, readey to fly in troops to operate them.

The dilemma is how to respond in the Ukraine. As NATO is a military organization it is ultimately under political control and that primarily means Britain, US and Canada but with all other members having a say in decisions. If any Russian troops "accidentally" stray into NATO territory a hot war will immediately break out and that is an automatic situation under the NATO agreements between members. NATO could also respond in support of a non-NATO Member if a request was made by that neighbouring country, but it would require a political decision by NATO Members. Putin is gambling that he will already control all of the Ukraine before that political decision is taken - assuming that the Ukraine's Government makes a request for support against an aggressor. Putin is further gambling that once he has occupied the Ukraine no one will do anything to force him out. This is very dangerous territory because NATO has been close to full war status for weeks now, prepared to respond to direct Russian threats or to assist the Ukraine if a formal request for help is made and the NATO council agrees.

What many may have overlooked, including Nazi Leader Putin, is that the NATO agreements also allow NATO to go into a neighbouring country where it is considered that the situation in that country is a threat to NATO. Clearly, a Russian Nazi occupation or intended occupation is a threat to NATO countries.

In the long term, the sanctions already in place will serious damage Russia and there is scope for further sanctions that will have a more immediate effect.

There is now justification for the US and Europe to evacuate citizens from Russia and close Embassies in Russia, with the ejection of Russian diplomatic staff from their embassies across Europe and North America. There is also justification to ban all Russian civil aircraft from North American and European airspace. That would be a very wise response to a terrorist State that has already deliberately targeted a civil airliner with the loss of all lives aboard.

The real question now is whether NATO should go to war with the Russian invader. As in 1914 and 1939, democracies are very reluctant to go to war and hope for a peaceful solution but history shows that a Nazi like Putin will continue to invade his neighbours until they fight back and a major war develops.

Digging the Trenches, the Archaeology of the Western Front

B1985

This is an interesting and well-illustrated look into the exciting world of modern archaeology. It is a book not to be missed and it should appeal to a wide audience as a modern detective story. It may enthuse some readers to such an extent that they will become archaeologists and contribute to our essential pool of knowledge of the past.

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NAME: Digging the Trenches, the Archaeology of the Western Front
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 290714
FILE: R1985
AUTHOR: Andrew Robertshaw, David Kenyon
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 207
PRICE: £16.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Great War, WWI, World War One, First World War, Western Front, trenches, trench warfare, saps, command bunkers, communications, technology, mining
ISBN: 1-47382-288-2
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DESCRIPTION: Archaeology has developed to unlock the lost mysteries of the past and it may come as a surprise to some readers to find it applied to military conflict during the last hundred years. With the millions of photographs, thousands of miles of film, and recorded interviews to audio and video with veterans, it might seem that this vast storehouse of knowledge, coupled to letters and reports from the time, there is little need or scope for field digs by archaeologists. The authors very ably demonstrate how and why archaeological study of the recent past is so important and rewarding.

It is very easy to think that the Western Front was a static line of trenches, but this was very far from the truth. Trenches were first dug by soldiers as little more than linked foxholes and shallow trenches, as machine guns limited movement and demanded basic cover. From that point, trench technology rapidly developed into defence in depth, with fighting trenches, communications trenches, command bunkers, underground hospitals, magazines, store rooms, and a considerable road and rail network linking the front line back through its supply chain, and many miles back from the fighting trenches. Artillery was also deployed in stages back from the front with mobile batteries and heavy weapons, some of the latter being mounted on rail wagons. As progressively heavier weapons and gas came to be deployed, the trenches had to go deeper and be equipped with devices to keep out the gas. There were also miners digging saps towards the enemy and digging counter saps to intercept enemy saps.

Although great advances were impractical, raids were made on enemy trenches and modest advances absorbed enemy trenches into their opposing trench structure. Some of the mines under enemy trenches were so large that they completely changed the landscape when they were detonated. The mud swallowed men and equipment. The mines totally destroyed major fortifications. Then in the years after the war, farmers moved back and tried to bring the land under cultivation once more, returning parts of the lunar landscape back into the farm land it had previously been. That obliterated features of war in some places, but forgotten munitions are still turned up by the plough, together with human bones and personal equipment. Hiding below the surface are highly dangerous mines that were never detonated.

The result is that even with the mass of recorded information in files, photographs, films and interviews there is a great deal that has been lost. Even the huge underground mines, filled with explosives, are inadequately recorded and are still vulnerable to lightning strikes. Some were made safe, but others were considered in 1918 to be in such a dangerous condition they must be left alone and what records once existed have now been lost. There are unrecorded burial sites and tons of munitions continue to emerge from the soil in lethal condition.

Into this great mystery, archaeology offers the opportunity to fill the many holes in our knowledge of the Western Front of 1914-1918.

The authors have provided details of technology and methods employed to uncover the recent past and the battlefields of WWI on the Western Front. The trowel and brush continue to be staple tools of archaeology, but ground penetrating radar, aerial photography, green laser scanning, ultra sound scanning and computer modelling now provide powerful tools that also build digital records for future reference.

Once remains and artefacts have been recovered, an impressive armoury of forensic equipment can be used to speed the processes of evaluation and recording. As time goes by, that technical capability will continue to develop and allow some material, excavated in past years, to reveal new information.

This is an interesting and well-illustrated look into the exciting world of modern archaeology. It is a book not to be missed and it should appeal to a wide audience as a modern detective story. It may enthuse some readers to such an extent that they will become archaeologists and contribute to our essential pool of knowledge of the past.

Mosquito Down! The Extraordinary Memoir of a Second World War Bomber Command Pilot on the Run in Germany and Holland

B2033

The publisher is developing a reputation for offering some uniquely insightful aviation histories and this account of his experiences by Frank Dell is well up to the standard. It would be a welcome new book for its portrayal of the young men who flocked to the RAF from school, and particularly those who flew the outstanding multi-role Mosquito with the RAF's Light Night Striking Force. What makes this memoir special and very valuable is its exposure of life on the run for a pilot downed behind enemy lines. It exposes the humanity and courage of those in Occupied Europe who risked all to save the aircrew evading capture.

The author has written movingly of his time on the run and of the brave Dutch people who helped him. As an essay on the best of humanity, this book should be widely read.

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NAME: Mosquito Down! The Extraordinary Memoir of a Second World War Bomber Command Pilot on the Run in Germany and Holland
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 020814
FILE: R2033
AUTHOR: Frank Dell
PUBLISHER: Fighting High Books
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 181
PRICE: £19.95
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: multi-role aircraft, Mosquito bomber, evader, resistance fighters, Occupied Europe
ISBN: 978-0-99262-072-1
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DESCRIPTION: The publisher is developing a reputation for offering some uniquely insightful aviation histories and this account of his experiences by Frank Dell is well up to the standard. It would be a welcome new book for its portrayal of the young men who flocked to the RAF from school, and particularly those who flew the outstanding multi-role Mosquito with the RAF's Light Night Striking Force. What makes this memoir special and very valuable is its exposure of life on the run for a pilot downed behind enemy lines. It exposes the humanity and courage of those in Occupied Europe who risked all to save the aircrew evading capture.

There is a valuable photo plate section to support the gripping text. It emotively covers the bravery of ordinary Dutch citizens who did extraordinary things under the yoke of occupation.

The author describes what it was like to go from school to RAF training, to earn his wings, and to go to fly one of the hottest aircraft to fly in combat, By that stage of WWII, the RAF was able to fly the Mosquito on a range of night missions, to expect to destroy most opposition and to outrun anything it couldn't destroy. The twin engine Mosquito was an outstanding aircraft by any measure. It was very fast, handled well at all altitudes, and carried an amazing amount of bombs. As a bomber, it toted a bomb load equal to some four engine heavy bombers, with a crew of two against the crews of nine or more required for a heavy bomber. It flew from treetop level to high altitude where few aircraft at that time could reach. In the fighter and fighter-bomber roles, it carried four canon and four machine guns mounted in the nose for maximum rate of fire. Some even carried the 57mm Moilins gun for anti-shipping strikes. Radar was fitted and many Mosquitoes were able to carry eight rockets under their wings. This was a remarkable aircraft that was flown by remarkable pilots.

The author has written movingly of his time on the run and of the brave Dutch people who helped him. As an essay on the best of humanity, this book should be widely read.

Book Review – The Retreat From Mons 1914: North, Casteau to Le Cateau

B1992

This book is the first of two books in the Battle Lines series, describing itself as “the Western Front by Car, by Bike, and on Foot”. It is a very practical guide that opens the battle lines to visitors of all ages and wealth. It is a highly illustrated guide, with crisp text, covering the fast moving campaign at the opening of hostilities.

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NAME: The Retreat From Mons 1914: North, Casteau to Le Cateau
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 020814
FILE: R1992
AUTHOR: Jon Cooksey, Jerry Murland
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 157
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Great War, WWI, World War One, First World War, Western Front, war of movement, trench warfare, retreat, strategic withdrawal, German invasion, BEF, Belgium, 1914
ISBN: 1-78159-199-7
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DESCRIPTION: This book is the first of two books in the Battle Lines series, describing itself as “the Western Front by Car, by Bike, and on Foot”. It is a very practical guide that opens the battle lines to visitors of all ages and wealth. It is a highly illustrated guide, with crisp text, covering the fast moving campaign at the opening of hostilities.

The Germans were surprised by the speed with which the BEF was inserted into the French and Belgium battle lines. They were also surprised by the determination and effectiveness of British troops. From first contact, the British Expeditionary Force had to give ground to a massive German superiority of numbers. It became a fighting retreat that slowed the German advance and then halted it with the establishment of the first trench lines.

The courage and achievements of the BEF were exemplary, but there was also innovation and civilian participation. One example was given when London buses were rushed across the Channel to the Western Front, loaded with troops, the first mechanized troop insertion of history. One day the civilian drivers were trundling through the streets of London, and the next, they were taking the ferries to France, driving up to the front in their repainted motor buses, with their valuable loads of reinforcements.

The book provides an excellent guide and introduction. Highly commended.

Ypres 1914: Langemarck

B1991

This book joins the highly acclaimed Battleground series of more than 140 first-rate guides and histories. It meets the very high standard achieved by the series and covers a pivotal point in the progress of WWI on the Western Front.

This book is well-researched, well-written, and admirably illustrated. It is an essential guide for the visitor and an interesting read from home.

As with the rest of the series, highly recommended.

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NAME: Ypres 1914: Langemarck
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 020814
FILE: R1991
AUTHOR: Jack Sheldon, Nigel Cave
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 208
PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Great War, WWI, World War One, First World War, Western Front, war of movement, trench warfare, retreat, strategic withdrawal, German invasion, BEF, Belgium, 1914
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DESCRIPTION: This book joins the highly acclaimed Battleground series of more than 140 first-rate guides and histories. It meets the very high standard achieved by the series and covers a pivotal point in the progress of WWI on the Western Front.

The site of Ypres 1914: Langemarck has proved very popular with British visitors since 1918, easy to reach, it is in the cockpit of the fighting, with many memorials and war graves. Visitors also receive a welcome from the local population. The survivors of the battleground have moved into history and the visitors now are the grandchildren and great grandchildren of those who fought on this ground. Battleground books are therefore most valuable aids to those new generations visiting today and to future generations of visitors.

In 1914, the Germans expected to reprise their success in the Franco Prussian war when German militarism first threatened Europe and German troops besieged Paris, while the French politicians escaped by balloon, leaving the citizens to the mercy of the Prussians. The Kaiser was convinced that Britain would not join the fight in 1914. When British troops were rushed to support Belgium and France, he dismissed the BEF as a “contemptible little army”, Then German troops faced the withering fire of well-trained troops with bolt-action rifles and thought they were facing machine guns. The BEF proudly called itself the “Old Contemptibles”.

The BEF stopped the German parade to Paris and then fought on to 1918 to achieve victory over their enemy.

This book is well-researched, well-written, and admirably illustrated. It is an essential guide for the visitor and an interesting read from home.

As with the rest of the series, highly recommended.

Book Review – Germany’s High Sea Fleet in the First World War

B1990

This is a primary source history, although the author is expressing a German view of the war at sea. It provides a valuable insight into the attitudes of German naval officers and their influence both on the First World War, and on the future development of the Germany Navy. It can be argued that the two World Wars were really a single war divided by a short interval, and the views of a senior German naval commander are essential reading. Lacking a photo plate section, the book more than makes up with a a unique selection of charts, maps, and battle formation images through the body of the text.

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NAME: Germany's High Sea Fleet in the First World War
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 020814
FILE: R1990
AUTHOR: Admiral Reinhard Scheer
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 374
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Great War, WWI, World War One, First World War, war at sea, Jutland, shore bombardment, post Dreadnought, pre-Dreadnought, submarines, sea mine, aviation
ISBN: 978-1-84832-209-7
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DESCRIPTION: This is a primary source history, although the author is expressing a German view of the war at sea. It provides a valuable insight into the attitudes of German naval officers and their influence both on the First World War, and on the future development of the Germany Navy. It can be argued that the two World Wars were really a single war divided by a short interval, and the views of a senior German naval commander are essential reading. Lacking a photo plate section, the book more than makes up with a a unique selection of charts, maps, and battle formation images through the body of the text.

The text has translated well and provides a flowing and readable account by one of Germany's most respected Admirals. There is also a very useful introduction by Marcus Falkner and Andrew Lambert.

This is a natural addition to any library of WWI, or naval, history. It is a very valuable insight into how German militarism has, and continues to have a significant affect on Europe.

Book Review – Lost Wings of World War I, Downed airmen on the Western Front 1914-1918

B1989 There are two very good photo plate sections, complimenting the engaging text. No enthusiast's library of WWI or aviation histories will be complete without a copy of this book reviews.firetrench.com adn.firetrench.com bgn.firetrench.com nthn.firetrench.com ftd.firetrench.com NAME: Lost Wings of World War I, Downed airmen on the Western Front 1914-1918 CATEGORY: Book Reviews DATE: 020814 FILE: R1989 AUTHOR: Martin W Bowman PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 236 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Great War, WWI, World War One, First World War, Western Front, trenches, trench warfare, communications, technology, air combat, bombing raids, reconnaissance, aerial photography, dog fights, balloons ISBN: 1-78383-195-2 IMAGE: B1989.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/lwjkuuz LINKS: DESCRIPTION: In viewing this first great aerial war, the author has been able to capture the human face of great technological development. In the process, he has not confined himself to one side of the the conflict, but has included accounts of Allied and German pilots, together with an account of Edith Cavell, a Britihs nurse who saves hundreds of German and Allied lives before being killed by a German firing squad. There are two very good photo plate sections, complimenting the engaging text. No enthusiast's library of WWI or aviation histories will be complete without a copy of this book

Book Review – Major & Mrs Holt’s Battlefield Guide to Western Front – North

B1988

This third and 100th Anniversary edition of a very popular guide that compliments the other excellent guides from the same authors. This is an expanded and updated edition with GPS locations and over 400 full colour images. One of the challenges for writers of guide books of any kind is the fast moving development of electronic navigation devices. Historically, map references and navigation co-ordinates have been used to assist the location of the less obvious areas the guide recommends. With the increasing use of hand-held navigation devices, it is becoming important to include GPS locations.

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NAME: Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide to Western Front - North
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 020814
FILE: R1988
AUTHOR: Major Holt, Mrs Holt
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 243
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Great War, WWI, World War One, First World War, Western Front, trenches, trench warfare, saps, command bunkers, communications, technology, mining, bombing raids
ISBN: 978-1-78159-397-3
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DESCRIPTION: This third and 100th Anniversary edition of a very popular guide that compliments the other excellent guides from the same authors. This is an expanded and updated edition with GPS locations and over 400 full colour images. One of the challenges for writers of guide books of any kind is the fast moving development of electronic navigation devices. Historically, map references and navigation co-ordinates have been used to assist the location of the less obvious areas the guide recommends. With the increasing use of hand-held navigation devices, it is becoming important to include GPS locations. At some point soon, a publisher is going to produce an Application for smart phones and tablet computers that will comprise the complete guide book electronically with navigation windows and inter-active directions. Whether this will be as satisfying as a printed paper guide is debatable.

Any reader who has already used a guide from these authors will already be familiar with the very clear and logical layout. To new readers, this is a trusted guide that is aided through by the use of full colour, producing very clear dated maps. It is a comprehensive guide that needs no supporting material from other sources.

There are no available figures to show ho many readers buy specifically to aid a planned visit to the battlegrounds. This guide, like its sisters, is an excellent companion in a library of WWI histories and a proportion of these guides will be purchased by readers who do not intend to visit the battlefield. However, once the guide is to hand there is a fair chance that many will decide to move to the next stage and visit the battlefield.

Book Review – ANZAC Sari Bair, Battleground Gallipoli

B1987 The Battleground Series is now well-established with more than 140 titles in print. This addition to the series maintains the very high standard set by the series. It includes a great many images in support of the text. The combination of thorough research and clear writing has produced a comprehensive work that can be used as a battlefield guide, or as a detailed historical account that will grace any WWI library. By using logical headings, the author has given detailed information that can be read and used to aid a visit to the battleground. At the same time, it makes the book more readable for the armchair historian. Highly recommended. reviews.firetrench.com adn.firetrench.com bgn.firetrench.com nthn.firetrench.com ftd.firetrench.com NAME: ANZAC Sari Bair, Battleground Gallipoli CATEGORY: Book Reviews DATE: 290714 FILE: R1987 AUTHOR: Stephen Chambers PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 243 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Great War, WWI, World War One, First World War, Gallipoli, trenches, trench warfare, saps, command bunkers, communications, technology, mining, bombing raids, amphibious landings, Australian troops, New Zealand troops ISBN: 978-1-78159-190-1 IMAGE: B1987.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/n5a23cj LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The Battleground Series is now well-established with more than 140 titles in print. This addition to the series maintains the very high standard set by the series. It includes a great many images in support of the text. The combination of thorough research and clear writing has produced a comprehensive work that can be used as a battlefield guide, or as a detailed historical account that will grace any WWI library. The author presents one of the critical battles in a campaign that many have judged a mistake and catastrophic failure. In the 'what-if” game of history, the objective at Gallipoli was to neutralize Germany's ally, Turkey, and open a warm water route to support Russia. The stakes were very high but the campaign was poorly supported, rather than being neglected in the planning. What began as a clearly defined naval campaign, was stretched into an amphibious landing, then expanded as more troops were thrown into the battle until half a million were committed. Some will argue that a full and carefully defined plan, adequately supported with resources for the first waves of landing and the break-out phase would have succeeded. By adding stages to the original naval campaign, and scraping additional resources to bolster the attack, the campaign never achieved critical mass. There have been a number of opposing theories presented over the years since the 1916 evacuation of forces. In the narrow military view, inadequate forces were initially committed and they were not resourced for a rapid breakout from the landing beaches. That allowed the Turks to reinforce the initial meagre defenses and control the heights, preventing the Allied troops from advancing up the Gallipoli Peninsular to threaten Constantinople. How much was a resource issue and how much was a command issue will long be debated, as will the timing of the evacuation. Some will claim that the evacuation was delayed, resulting in much higher casualties, but others will claim that the evacuation was not necessary and more resources should have been allocated to achieve victory. What cannot be disputed is the courage of Allied troops who were awarded 39 Victoria Crosses. Also, it cannot be disputed that the Australian and New Zealand troops, who made up much of the force, attempted to advance with great determination. The main area of debate is over the political and command decisions that ended with resignations, dismissals and the fall of the Liberal Government. Perhaps the real failure resulted from the failure to see the opportunities strategically and the failure to plan a complete campaign with a clear set of objectives, for which troops could be trained and with reserves supplies assembled to support the landings moved close to the area where they would be delivered. As it was, the campaign was opportunistic, the ANZAC force being committed because it was not committed elsewhere and increasing numbers of troops were required because the Turks continued to resist. It became a matter of honour to win because casualties already racked up and the refusal of the field commander to accept that his initial plans had been shown wanting. However, that was the story of WWI on both sides, with the Western Front absorbing massive resources because no one could think of a reliable alternative and too many reputations were at stake. What may have added to the problems was the reluctant acceptance of the high casualty rate on the Western Front. This made the casualty rate at Gallipoli look much less alarming by proportion. It assisted those against evacuation, because withdrawal was seen in the context of the Western Front, where an evacuation of British troops would have led to the defeat of France and even of Britain. The situation in Gallipoli was of course very different and the reduction of casualties by an earlier evacuation would not have had the same consequences. By using logical headings, the author has given detailed information that can be read and used to aid a visit to the battleground. At the same time, it makes the book more readable for the armchair historian. Highly recommended.

Book Review – Britain’s Great War Experience, life at home and abroad, 1914-1918

B1986

One of the great joys of the outpouring of WWI history books, marking the first centenary, is the quality being achieved and the fresh insights being offered. This book is well up at the front of these new publications. The author has written expertly, the publisher has achieved a high standard of production, and the lavish illustration is outstanding, but at a very affordable price.

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NAME: Britain's Great War Experience, life at home and abroad, 1914-1918
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 290714
FILE: R1986
AUTHOR: Peter Liddle
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 232
PRICE: £16.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Great War, WWI, World War One, First World War, Western Front, trenches, trench warfare, saps, command bunkers, communications, technology, mining, bombing raids, blockade, rationing, women workers, nurses, social change, home front, munitions workers
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DESCRIPTION: One of the great joys of the outpouring of WWI history books, marking the first centenary, is the quality being achieved and the fresh insights being offered. This book is well up at the front of these new publications. The author has written expertly, the publisher has achieved a high standard of production, and the lavish illustration is outstanding, but at a very affordable price.

WWI not only drew in huge numbers of people from around the world, but it also introduced a range of new technology that was to revolutionize warfare, society and politics, shaping the Twentieth Century and carrying its influence into a new millennium. It was a very new experience for everyone.

In the air, on land, at sea, and underwater, new weapons demanded new tactics. Today it is difficult to fully appreciate how much changed from 1914, because these changes created the world in which we now live. The emancipation of women owned far less to the Suffragette terrorists, than it did to the demand for fighting men that denuded the factories, farms, cities, and transport networks of their workers, leaving a vacuum into which women were drawn. The experiences, new freedoms and money changed the way that these women saw life and their future. Many of the new technologies of war were also to revolutionize the peace when it came. The horrific casualty rate of the war was to require that women continued to work on in peace and use technologies that society previously considered the responsibility of men.

German terror bombing and the bombardment of coastal towns by warships meant there was no distant front line as in past wars. It was a universal involvement and experience. All of this has been revealed by the author in words and images. The reader is not only helped to understand WWI, but to put today into new perspective – So rush out and buy a copy.