Famous

Author: Richard Van Emden
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1848841973
Size: 31.30 MB
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Famous' tells the Great War stories of twenty of Britain's most respected, best known and even notorious celebrities. They include politicians, actors, writers, an explorer, a sculptor and even a murderer. The generation that grew up in the late 19th Century enlisted enthusiastically in the defense of the country. Many would become household names such as Basil Rathbone, the definitive Sherlock Holmes, AA Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh, and John Laurie and Arnold Ridley who found fame and public affection as the dour Scotsman Fraser, and the gentle and genial Godfrey, in Dad's Army. From politicians such as Harold Macmillan and Winston Churchill to writers includsing JB Priestley, and JRR Tolkein, from sculptors like Henry Moore, to composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, their fame and influence continue even into the 21st Century. The authors Richard van Emden and Vic Piuk have discovered the exact locations where these celebrities saw action. They tell the story of how JRR Tolkein led his men over the top on the Somme, where CS Lewis was wounded and invalided home, and how Basil Rathbone won the Military Cross for a trench raid (while dressed as a tree). Each story will be examined in detail with pictures taken of the very spot where the actions took place. There are maps of the area that will guide enterprising readers to walk in the footsteps of their heroes.

Famous

Author: Richard Van Emden
Publisher: ICON Group International
ISBN:
Size: 73.98 MB
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"In August 1914, the Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, appealed for volunteers to fight alongside Britain's small, professional army. The response was overwhelming: a million men, from all sections of society, enlisted in the first few months. Among them were some who would one day become famous." "The stories of twenty-one men who went on to international acclaim are featured here. Only one, Bernard Law Montgomery, was a regular soldier. The rest were civilians who volunteered or were conscripted to fight for their country." "They include Arnold Ridley, who starred as Godfrey in Dad's Army, Basil Rathbone, the quintessential Sherlock Holmes, and Nigel Bruce, his sidekick Watson. There are authors, such as JRR Tolkien (Lord of the Rings), AA Milne (Winnie the Pooh), the sculptor Henry Moore and an explorer, George Mallory, who died on Mount Everest and whose body was discovered in 1999." "There are future Prime Ministers (Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan), the playwright RC Sherriff (Journey's End), and a scientist, the discoverer of Penicillin, Alexander Fleming. Only one is infamous, John Christie, the mass murderer who lived at 10 Rillington Place." "Each character's war service is studied in detail, drawing on their own published and unpublished recollections. We also focus, where possible, on one specific incident, enabling the battlefield tourist or devoted fan to follow in the footsteps of heroes." "Many chapters appear with detailed maps and there are fifty photographs, many never published before, of the lives and surroundings of these men who fought bravely for their country before they achieved public recognition."--BOOK JACKET.

Prisoner Camps In Thuringia 1914 1918

Author: Harald Rockstuhl
Publisher: Verlag Rockstuhl
ISBN: 3959660375
Size: 47.63 MB
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In the prisoner camps in Erfurt and Ohrdruf lived and worked circa 15,000 prisoners. In the small camp in Langensalza circa 28,000 prisoners were accommodated from the 20 November 1914 to the 18 March 1919. This book explains the construction and the organization of the camp as well as the care of the prisoners. Three eyewitness accounts from the years 1915 and 1918 give a deep insight into the everyday life from the point of view of a visitor and the prisoners.

The Great War 1914 1918

Author: Richard Van Emden
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781408850299
Size: 14.11 MB
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For the first time ever the soldiers' experiences of the First World War are recorded in their own words and pictures. Shortly after images of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914 found their way into national newspapers in Britain, the military authorities banned the private use of cameras on the Western Front. A considerable number of soldiers continued to use them illicitly to record life and death in the front line trenches. Including over 250 personal and unpublished photographs, this large-format book gives a new perspective on the war that was not captured by the official photographers who traversed the Western Front. Combined with extracts from personal diaries and letters written by soldiers and civilians in Britain through each year of the war up until Armistice Day in 1918, The Great War is a remarkable, vivid account of war. It is a stunning portrayal of humanity, at its best, and at its worst.

Royal Flying Corps 1914 1918

Author: Peter G. Cooksley
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0752496239
Size: 78.13 MB
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The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) were the precursors of the oldest independent air arm in the world—the RAF. The RFC was formed in 1912, combining the Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers and the Naval Air Organization, and embracing a Central Flying School and Royal Aircraft Factory. Two years later, just before World War I, the RNAS was created as an independent unit. By then it was already predicted that battles for supremacy of the air by armed aircraft were only a matter of time. This book explores a wide range of subjects—from aircraft, airships, and balloons, to pay, rank, uniforms, motor vehicles, the women's branches, minor conflicts, and even the songs which were popular in the Mess. The text is fully illustrated with photographs, line drawings, and maps.

The History Of The War In The Air 1914 1918

Author: Sir Walter Raleigh
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1783462485
Size: 66.63 MB
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This magnificent and comprehensive volume was written in 1922 by Professor Walter Raleigh. Originally entitled The History of the War in the Air (Being the story of the part played in the Great War by the Royal Air Force) this all embracing and vital work features the most important account of the aerial battles, the men and the machines.??Raleigh was Professor of English Literature at Glasgow University and Chair of English Literature at Oxford University. On the outbreak of the Great War he turned to the war as his primary subject. His finest book on the subject is this, the first volume of The War in the Air, which was an instant publishing success. Unfortunately the projected second volume was never completed as Raleigh died from typhoid (which he contracted during a visit to the Near East) in 1922. Nonetheless, Professor Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh has attained classic status as a result of this mighty work and this legendary volume ensures his status as a military author par excellence.

Germany Propaganda And Total War 1914 1918

Author: David Welch
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813527987
Size: 22.29 MB
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Adolf Hitler, writing in Mein Kampf, was scathing in his condemnation of German propaganda in the First World War, declaring that Germany had failed to recognize propaganda as a weapon of the first order. This despite the fact that propaganda had been regarded, arguably for the first time, as an intrinsic part of the war effort. David Welch has written the first book to fully examine German society -- politics, propaganda, public opinion, and total war -- in the Great War. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from posters, newspapers, journals, film, parliamentary debates, police and military reports, and private papers, Welch argues that the moral collapse of Germany was due less to the failure to disseminate propaganda than to the inability of the military authorities and the Kaiser to reinforce this propaganda, and to acknowledge the importance of public opinion in forging an effective link between leadership and the people.