The Great War will never be forgotten but that does not mean that it is understood. Then as now it was the massive set-piece battles (Somme and Passchendaele) that are best remembered. But to understand the whole conflict with its diverse and complex elements the political background, allegiances and alliances of the combatants and the military thinking of the time must be grasped.Philip Warner provides in this fine book the overview necessary to follow the ambitions and reactions of those involved so enabling the reader to appreciate the strategies and tactics on the ground. He lists the main figures who shaped events and comments on their strengths and failings as well as their significance. Helpfully he describes the end game, the literature spawned by war and asks "was it avoidable"?For a full understanding of both the course of the most appallingly costly war in the history of mankind and its causes and effects this book is unlikely to be bettered.returncharacterreturncharacter returncharacterreturncharacter REVIEWS returncharacterreturncharacter"...provides a clear understanding of both political and military events and the motives of the various warring parties...an excellent single volume overview of the war which both researchers and those with a healthy interest in the subject will no doubt find very readable and informative." The Great War Index, Volume 4, 09/2010
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Philip Warner (1914-2000) enlisted in the Royal Corps of Signals after graduating from St Catherine's, Cambridge in 1939. He fought in Malaya and spent 1,100 days as 'a guest of the Emperor' in Changi and on the Railway of Death, an experience he never discussed. He was a legendary figure to generations of cadets during his thirty years as a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Yet he will arguably be best remembered for his contribution of more than 2,000 obituaries of prominent army figures to The Daily Telegraph.Review:
From the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, to the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, follow the action of World War I. Look at the background causes that led to war, and get a detailed portrait of the battles and the morale of the soldiers and civilians throughout the war. See the special role played by women, and how the war affected their position in society. A discussion of the literature of the war is also included, as is an analysis of whether or not the conflict was inevitable. --Amazon
Well written book that gives a good run-down of the background to the lead-up, conduct and aftermath of WW1. Recommended. --By Gwyntinne
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