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I am interested in learning more about WWI, so I was looking for reading suggestions. I have John Keegan's book, but that's it. I am particularly interested in the Eastern front. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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I am interested in learning more about WWI, so I was looking for reading suggestions. I have John Keegan's book, but that's it. I am particularly interested in the Eastern front. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Eastern Front isn't well researched as Western Front, so it's probably limited to a few books. However, I recommend you to borrow Martin Gilbert's book, I forgot the name, but it's about WWI in general. I own it as well. It has a bibliography, some of the books listed may be related to Eastern Front.

It's amazing that after 80 years, there's little information available on Eastern Front. Probably because strategic vision is limited as Russians were mostly retreating after Germans delivered a major blow after another. The only real chance Russians had was at Tannersburg (sp?), however, even so, it was badly conducted and ill-advised as Russians were trying to coveraging on Germans from two different directions (one from Poland and another from east of Prussian border, at Gumbain (not sure of spelling)). Germans beat back one direction, then turned to destroy the last remaining Russian troops at Tannersburg.

What I would to know the most is how Germans and Russians conducted themselves after Burliov (sp?) offensive, the last Russian offensive action of the war, I believe. What I also want to understand was why Germany failed to take advantage of Urkaine front when she moved her fresh troops to Western Front. I've always wondered whether Lunderdoff could have waited instead of hastily launching a series of offensive actions in Western Front as to permit Germany to recover from devastating British blockade and restless civilian protests.

Oh well, I have too many questions...hehe...anyway, sorry I couldn't help you that much.

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If you are interested in the causes of the War try 'War by Timetable' by A.J.P Taylor.
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You can also give a go Hew Strachan's First World War. I've just finished the 1st volume (of the intended three): At Arms and I remain very favourably impressed - it's written with style, comprehensive and at the same time every topic is treated in depth and at length.

I did learn quite a few things on a subject I thought I knew rather well...
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You must read 'The Guns of August' by Barbara Tuchmann. probably the best account of the outbreak and first 6 weeks of the war.

Nemo's suggestion is also excellent (2 books away on my reading list) but give Tuchmann a read first if this is your first go at WWI.

If you can find it try "The End of Imperial Russia, 1855-1917" by Peter Waldron. An in depth review of all the factors that led to the collapse of Czarist Russia.
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I would recommend Deep Battle: The Brainchild of Marshal Tukhachevki by Simpkin (with John Erickson)

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Steel Wind by David Zabecki...this deals with German WW! artillery but a lot was adopted by Soviets.

Stormtroop Tactics by Gudmundsson
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Thanks guys. I appeciate the recommendations. My wife just got The Guns of August , so I can start there.
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I found John Mosier's "the myth of the great war" the best book on WWI so far.(Nothing about the russian front though)
All other authors seem to do little research on their own and just quote official allied sources.
I esp. like his analysis of artillery and tactics.
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Mini-Me,

I would recommend two books on actual Tactics, "On Infantry" by John A English, and "On Artillery" by Bruce I Gudmundsson. There is a second issue of the first book where Bruce Gudmundsson does some re-writing, but I like the first edition better. These go into what worked and why.

There are just too many "causes" of both World Wars. I had a college professor teach a class on World War 1. After the class was over he was asked what actually caused it and he said: "I don't know!"!

There is also a good book on raising armies and manpower issues in Great Britain and its colonies by F W Perry. You can see where Great Britain intentionally held down the size of its Army in World War 2 and used more Allies and Commonwealth country forces.

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I would recommend two books: 1)Michael Howard's World War One--as master of the short book, he cuts through in succinct, clear prose the cause and motivations of the countries involved;

2) John Ellis, Eye Deep In Hell is a soldier level appreciation of fighting in the trenches. He calculated the weight of the great woolen coats when wet and muddy to explain the high number of casualties in drowning.
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I am particularly interested in the Eastern front.
Just the Eastern front, or a specific thing on the Eastern Front?
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Was watching the History Channel today, they had a show on about the Eastern Front in WWI - had an author interviewed on there - I know you can probably find it at all of the major online booksellers - maybe someone at Abebooks has a used copy...


The Eastern Front, 1914-1917
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They were also talking about the Ottoman Empire as well
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Just the Eastern front, or a specific thing on the Eastern Front?
Just the Eastern front in general. After I get into that, I'm sure I'll find some specific things I want to look at in greater detail.
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Eastern Front

Read Alexander Solzhenitsyn's August 1914. Although it is fiction, his description of the 2nd Russian Army and commanders as they march to their defeat at Tannenberg is insightful.
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I am stickying this thread and making it the official book thread for the WW1 Forum!
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