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"Beyond the Tumult" by Barry Winchester
It is about the "Great Escape' of WWI
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Castles of Steel by Robert K. Massie is a good on the naval war, should read Dreadnought first though(same author) to get some background on how the Germans and British built their fleets.

The Road to Verdun by Ian Ousby is good for how the French viewed that particular battle and how they turned it into their national cause.

The First World War by John Keegan is a great overview of the entire conflict.

The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman is a book that is hard to put down once you start. Reads like a thriller!
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I saw this post in another WWI forum. It sounded good and I won't be able to get to it until this summer, but thought it might interest some of you.

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Have just recently finished reading this newly released book called 'Gallipoli - The Western Australian Story'.

Written by Wes Olsen, it focuses on the story of the Western Australians in the Gallipoli campaign. It's very well written & researched and some of the photos have never been published before.
Highly recommended.

http://www.unireps.com.au/isbn/192069482X.htm

http://www.uwapress.uwa.edu.au/titles/index/gallipoli

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The Guns of August
by Barbara Tuchman

This book is an absolute classic. The narrative covering the armies for the planning buildup & then first month of fighting are excellent. It reads like a novel. The mindset of the ruling class in Europe & the politics involving the different countries involved at the time is very intriguing. I've never read a more well written war book.
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Erich Remarque

Regarding posts No : 42 and 43.

The book that Remarque wrote after " All quiet on the western front "

is named "Three Comrades " ( Drei Kameraden ).

The book " Johnny got his gun " was written by Dalton Trumbo.

His book " A time to Love and a time to die " was made into a film.

Remarque plays the role of the teacher of the German soldier.

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Bad video production, maybe

I thought I'd give a warning about a two-disk video I have experience with --

It's the Colorized WWI history with Kenneth Branach narrating. The first disk is fine, but the second disk hung at the beginning of the set I bought from Amazon.

So while sending that set back, I sent for the same series from Netflix, and the second disk on THAT one did exactly the same thing, hung at the beginning in the same way!!

So I'm thinking it was sent out with production problems.

The four-disk 16-episode history of WWI you can buy, however, has been fine so far.

(If not colorized.) [;-)
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There are now TWO series on WWI available in Netflix. We've been watching the four-disk one.

Here is a wonderful disk available from Netflix that was a lot better than I expected -----

World War I Films of the Silent Era (1916)

"This rare collection of silent films from World War I provides a fascinating view of the American psyche during the tumultuous period. Highlights include a hard-to-find propaganda film in which Charlie Chaplin beats up the German kaiser; "The Log of the U-35," which used an actual submarine log to re-create a deadly cruise through the Mediterranean; and "The Secret Game," about Japanese spies teaming with U.S. agents against the Germans."

A wonderful spy movie with very famous actors at the time. Amazing early racism as the spy girl ("with a deeply hidden hyphen in her name") is NOT given by the plot to the handsome, cultured, helpful Japanese guy -- who was a famous actor of the time, too! -- but instead of that fate is rehabilitated improbably. Her going with him would have been a much better solution to the plot! But I guess they just couldn't.

The log of the U-boat was chilling; the captain was an amateur film hobbyist and recorded his kills. I must say, I still think of the live pictures of the doomed men scrambling over the hull of the ship turning upside down; I have to keep saying, they'd be dead anyway.

Also, these films are from 1916 and therefore show French soldiers going "over the top," and somehow it is utterly real (well, of course it was live shots!) --- they don't go over all at once, they sort of run bent over through the trenches and then go over one by one when the spirit moves them. Oh, dear.

And the vanity of the French airmen! demonstrating the observation balloon, and the new "safety parachute," and how he poses self-consciously --- they are all very conscious of the camera and sometimes you can see the shadow of the cameraman winding away vigorously.

It's a wonderful selection for WWI buffs, IMO.
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This has probably already been put up, but...

Infantry Attacks by Erwin Rommel

A great first hand account of the Great War. This book led to his being noticed by Hitler and thus to his rise in ranks in the Second World War.
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Rest of the Story

Here's a thought-provoking little book that I'll recommend:
http://www.amazon.com/World-War-Stor.../dp/0942617401

Author Richard Maybury attempts to cut through the propaganda and tell the rest of the story of WWI--the story most people never take time to uncover.

It's an admittedly biased account of the war, but the author's bias is based on sound research and supported by facts. Furthermore, he admits his bias up front. More scholarly writers tend to hide their bias behind a facade of supposed objectivity.

Warning: This is an "Uncle Eric" book--part of a series ostensibly written to the narrator's twelve-year-old nephew. It's often used in homeschooling and such. Thus, it's a very easy read for adults, but it may seem the author is talking down to you. You have to get past that to appreciate the clear and important points Maybury makes.
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What book would you guys recommend on Sgt. York?
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Has anyone been following the Charley's War series?
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"To The Last Salute" Memories of an Austrian U-boat Commander by Georg von Trapp.
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The section in John Keegan's [I]The Face of Battle[I] on the Somme is a fantastic read

I agree with KG_Cloghuan (actually sent him the book) that Tuchmann's The Guns of August is probably the best war book ever.
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If not already mentioned Goodbye to all That by Robert Graves is a very good account of the was on the Western Front.
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Anybody who can tell anything about Norman Stone's: World War One: A Short History? I thought his 'Eastern Front 1914-1917' quite brilliant but would like some opinion before taking any action towards obtaining this book.
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