Famous

Author: Richard Van Emden
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473830729
Size: 41.29 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: 43.66 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.

The Great War 1914 1918

Author: Richard Van Emden
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781408850299
Size: 63.72 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.

Paths Of Glory

Author: Anthony Clayton
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 1474603335
Size: 20.34 MB
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Anthony Clayton is an acknowledged expert on the French military, and his book is a major contribution to the study and understanding of the First World War. He reveals why and how the French army fought as it did. He profiles its senior commanders - Joffre, Petain, Nivelle and Foch - and analyses its major campaigns both on the Western Front and in the Near East and Africa. PATHS OF GLORY also considers in detail the officers, how they kept their trenches and how men from very different areas of France fought and died together. He scrutinises the make-up and performance of France's large colonial armies, and investigates the mutinies of 1917. Ultimately, he reveals how the traumatic French experience of the 1914-18 war indelibly shaped a nation.