Download E-books The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, Last Veteran of the Trenches, 1898-2009 PDF

By Harry Patch

On 17 June 2009, Harry Patch celebrated his 111th birthday. on the time, he used to be the final residing British Tommy that had fought within the trenches of the 1st global struggle. Now that direct hyperlink with the previous has long past. From his shiny thoughts of an Edwardian formative years, in the course of the horrors of the battles of Ypres and Passchendaele to engaged on the house entrance within the moment international struggle and status in later existence as a veteran, The final combating Tommy is the tale of a regular man's outstanding life.

As we mark 100 years because the starting of the nice warfare, this strong account of a lifestyles outlined by way of these 4 devastating years is still as very important and proper as ever.

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Download E-books Our Darkest Day: The Tragic Battle of Fromelles PDF

On 19 July 1916, within the northern French village of Fromelles, Australia suffered its worst-ever army defeat while a British officer ordered 15,000 of our greatest and bravest to head ‘over the head’ and assault the German strains. 8 hours later, greater than 5500 Diggers lay lifeless or wounded: the an identical of all Australian casualties from the Boer, Korean and Vietnam wars mixed. The phenomenon of Fromelles has captured the hearts of Australians all around the kingdom. the tale of Australia’s worst army catastrophe and the ensuing foreign crusade to reclaim the misplaced infantrymen of the conflict of Fromelles sparked nationwide and foreign headlines, an army research and an archaeological dig to discover the resting position of those lacking squaddies. Lambis Engelzekios’s tireless research and Patrick Lindsay’s sensational ensuing ebook Fromelles was once the catalyst for a lot of this motion. Fromelles has bought over 30,000 copies due to the fact that book, and now Hardie provide provides the correct model for fanatics of army heritage. An abridged model overlaying the conflict itself, Our Darkest Day will intrigue army heritage enthusiasts who're prepared to profit approximately this such a lot notorious wartime conflict.

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Download E-books The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923 PDF

By Sean McMeekin

An striking retelling of twentieth-century historical past from the Ottoman standpoint, providing profound new insights into international warfare I and the modern center East

Between 1911 and 1922, a sequence of wars may engulf the Ottoman Empire and its successor states, during which the significant clash, in fact, is global conflict I—a tale we expect we all know good. As Sean McMeekin exhibits us during this revelatory new heritage of what he calls the “wars of the Ottoman succession,” we all know some distance lower than we expect. The Ottoman Endgame brings to mild the total strategic narrative that resulted in an risky new order in postwar center East—much of that's nonetheless felt today.

The Ottoman Endgame: warfare, Revolution, and the Making of the trendy center East draws from McMeekin’s years of groundbreaking study in newly opened Ottoman and Russian data. With nice storytelling aptitude, McMeekin makes new the epic tales we all know from the Ottoman entrance, from Gallipoli to the exploits of Lawrence in Arabia, and introduces an enormous variety of latest tales to Western readers. His debts of the lead-up to international struggle I and the Ottoman Empire’s principal function within the struggle itself bargains a wholly new and deeper imaginative and prescient of the clash. Harnessing not just Ottoman and Russian but in addition British, German, French, American, and Austro-Hungarian resources, the result's a really pioneering paintings of scholarship that provides complete justice to a multitiered warfare regarding many belligerents. 

McMeekin additionally brilliantly reconceives our inherited Anglo-French knowing of the war’s final result and the cave in of the empire that undefined. The ebook chronicles the emergence of contemporary Turkey and the carve-up of the remainder of the Ottoman Empire because it hasn't ever been advised sooner than, supplying a brand new viewpoint on such matters because the ethno-religious bloodletting and compelled inhabitants transfers which attended the breakup of empire, the Balfour announcement, the toppling of the caliphate, and the partition of Iraq and Syria—bringing the modern outcomes into transparent focus.

Every so frequently, a piece of historical past thoroughly reshapes our knowing of an issue of large old and modern importance. The Ottoman Endgame is one of these booklet, an immediately definitive and exciting instance of narrative historical past as excessive paintings.

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Download E-books The Flatpack Bombers: The Royal Navy and the Zeppelin Menace PDF

By Ian Gardiner

Our imaginative and prescient of aviation within the First global battle is ruled by means of photos of gallant fighter pilots dueling with one another excessive over the Western entrance. however it was once the specter of the Zeppelin which spurred the British executive into growing the Royal Flying Corps, and it was once this ‘menace’, which no airplane may fit within the air at first of the conflict, which led Winston Churchill and the Royal army to set approximately bombing those airships at the flooring. hence in 1914, the Royal Naval Air provider, with their IKEA-style flat pack airplanes, pioneered strategic bombing. in addition, via its efforts to increase its remarkable diversity in an effort to damage Zeppelins of their domestic bases, the Royal army constructed the 1st precise plane carriers.

This booklet is the tale of these principally forgotten very early bombing raids. It explains the army and ancient heritage to the 1st British curiosity in army and naval aviation, and why it used to be that the military pursued lengthy distance bombing, whereas the military focused on reconnaissance. each bomber raid, and each plane service strike operation on the grounds that, owes its genesis to these early naval flyers, and there are ghosts from 1914 which hang-out us nonetheless this day.

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Download E-books A Fox Under My Cloak (A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight, Book 5) PDF

By Henry Williamson

A Fox lower than My Cloak (1954) was once the 5th access in Henry Williamson's fifteen-volume A Chronicle of old Sunlight spanning the years from the overdue Victorian interval to the second one global warfare. It follows Phillip Maddison into the nice struggle, surviving within the face of terror, from the well-known Christmas Truce of 1914 to the gasoline assaults of the conflict of bathrooms the subsequent 12 months. whereas domestic in England on in poor health depart Phillip obtains his fee right into a trendy regiment during which his social inadequacies make him the butt of his fellow officers' scorn. but, on my own between them, Phillip has tasted the grim truth of lifestyles, and dying, at the Western Front.

'Williamson's sort is romantic, even though not often sentimental, and his sensuous reaction to nature is clean and surprising.' Anthony Burgess, Ninety-Nine Novels: the simplest in English for the reason that 1939

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Download E-books The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914 (New York Review Books Classics) PDF

By Bela Zombory-Moldovan

Publishing throughout the a centesimal Anniversary of the 1st global War
An NYRB Classics unique
The budding younger Hungarian artist Béla Zombory-Moldován was once on vacation while the 1st global struggle broke out in July 1914. referred to as up by way of the military, he quickly discovered himself 1000s of miles away, advancing on Russian traces and dealing with relentless rifle and artillery fireplace. Badly wounded, he back to common existence, which now struck him as unspeakably unusual. He had witnessed, he discovered, the tip of a lifestyle, of an entire international.

Published right here for the 1st time in any language, this impressive memory is a robust addition to the literature of the conflict that outlined the form of the 20 th century.

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Download E-books The World Crisis, Volume 3, Parts 1-2 PDF

By Winston S. Churchill

This epic volume—third in a five-volume historical past of worldwide battle I from the point of view of a highly-placed political insider—details Churchill’s improvement of the 10 12 months Rule, which gave the Treasury exceptional energy over monetary, international, and strategic coverage for years yet to come.

In March 1916, Winston Churchill lower back to England to talk once again in the home of Commons. Appointed first Minister of Munitions, then later Secretary of country for conflict and Secretary of nation for Air, Churchill used to be in a chief place to watch and record the violent finish of worldwide battle I.

This quantity presents context for the occasions that got here ahead of Churchill’s go back, together with the serious battles of Jutland and Verdun. And it offers an extraordinary perspective—the impartial observances of a political chief, with a journalist’s eye for the reality and a historian’s feel of importance.

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Download E-books The Great War at Sea, 1914-1918 PDF

By Richard Hough

The competition among the German and British navies in the course of international warfare i used to be the best naval clash in background. during this quantity, Richard Hough provides a bright and certain account of this sea warfare, starting with the build-up to battle and finishing with Germany's capitulation on the finish of 1918. As a lot a heritage of fellows as of weapons and ships, this contest pitted England's Winston Churchill, an conceited yet hard-working chief; the influential ex-First Sea Lord "Jacky" Fisher; and Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Fleet Sir John Jellicoe opposed to Germany's autocratic Kaiser Wilhelm and the lads less than his command. while battle broke out, in August of 1914, Britain had governed the seas, virtually uncontested, for almost a hundred years and boasted the most important, such a lot seriously gunned battleship on the earth, the Dreadnought. German submarines and floating mines positioned this supremacy to the attempt, and compelled British naval leaders to plan recommendations, comparable to the convoy, to strive against German expertise. Hough describes the war's significant and minor batttles--fought within the Falklands, the North Sea, and the Dardanelles--and specially its climax, the 1916 conflict of Jutland, an indecisive war of words that bitterly dissatisfied the Royal army. one of the insights and interpretations that Hough brings to this paintings is his end that the Royal Navy's defeat of the Kriegsmarine was once the top consider the quit of important Powers' land forces on the finish of 1918. With bright snap shots of old figures, tales of behind-the-scenes political battles, and diverse maps and pictures, The nice conflict at Sea bargains a full of life, authoritative account of a dramatic period of naval historical past.

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Download E-books Hundred Days: The Campaign That Ended World War I PDF

By Nick Lloyd

In the overdue summer time of 1918, after 4 lengthy years of mindless, stagnant struggling with, the Western entrance erupted. The sour four-month fight that ensued—known because the Hundred Days Campaign—saw many of the bloodiest and so much ferocious wrestle of the nice conflict, because the Allies grimly labored to wreck the stalemate within the west and finish the clash that had decimated Europe.

In Hundred Days, acclaimed army historian Nick Lloyd leads readers into the endgame of worldwide conflict I, exhibiting how the well timed arrival of yank males and materiel—as good because the bravery of French, British, and Commonwealth soldiers—helped to show the tide at the Western entrance. a lot of those battle-hardened troops had persevered years of terror within the trenches, clinging to their get to the bottom of via poison-gas assaults and fruitless attacks throughout no man’s land. eventually, in July 1918, they and their American allies did the very unlikely: they again circulate to the western theater. utilizing shock assaults, leading edge artillery strategies, and swarms of tanks and airplane, they driven the Germans out in their trenches and compelled them again to their ultimate bastion: the Hindenburg Line, an impressive community of dugouts, barbed twine, and pillboxes. After an enormous attack, the Allies broke via, racing towards the Rhine and forcing Kaiser Wilhelm II to sue for peace.

An epic story starting from the ravaged fields of Flanders to the progressive streets of Berlin, Hundred Days recollects the bravery and sacrifice that eventually silenced the weapons of Europe.

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