Nigel Steel

Teoksen Jutland 1916: Death in the Grey Wastes tekijä

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military historian
Imperial War Museum



A staid British slightly jingoistic history of the war divided into chapters where each chapter has an image of a thematically central object from the British War Museums. You can read it right through, but the chapters also stand alone. It is an attractive book and (but?) unreferenced. The author claims that the expression "chatting"as in schmoozing comes from times when WWI soldiers were talking and picking chats (lice) from themselves. This seems to be almost certainly incorrect.
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markm2315 | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 1, 2023 |
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JJ27VV | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 15, 2022 |
A remarkably complete history of the war covering every major combat theater – Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East – from mining operations below ground to air combat and bombing, from under the sea to the Battle of Jutland. It covers weapons and war financing, logistics and espionage, home front politics and war production, mutinies, the soldiers’ life in combat and behind the trenches and on leave, and artists and the war.

The format is simple. Each chapter has a full-page picture of an object, an inset talking about it, and anywhere from one to six pages of text, often with additional, smaller photos, covering the subject the object represents.

The objects are not always what you expect. For instance, a “body density map” is shown for a chapter on Western Front casualties, a fullerphone (a scrambler for voice and Morse signals passed on a wire), Lieutenant Augustus Agar’s boat (used in a raid on the Bolshevik fleet for which he won “the mystery VC”), and a harpoon gun used by interred German sailors at Scapa Flow to supplement their meager rations with birds.

Fourteen of the 100 objects refer to events either before or after the war.

As you would expect in a book produced by the Imperial War Museum (itself a product of the war as per chapter 98), there is a bit of a British Empire bias in the selections. We get multiple chapters on the Irish problem, and the chapter on espionage really only covers British espionage. On the other hand, this works in the book’s favor sometimes. For instance, while German food shortages are often mentioned, British food shortages during the war are less so.

The book is indexed with multiple maps beginning with Europe before the war and ending with Europe’s new nations after the war. Apart from Africa, every major theater gets maps with several of the Western Front during various years. There’s even a sewn-in ribbon for a bookmark. The paper and binding are high quality.

Could you, as the introduction suggests, use this book as a chronological depiction of the war? Yes, with a little work in hunting down the relevant chapters. It would seem more useful for newbies to World War One history to just dip into a chapter at random and let their curiosity take them through the book as their curiosity is piqued.

Obviously, there is only so much detail you can put in 448 pages, but, as a one volume history of the war, I haven’t come across better.
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RandyStafford | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 31, 2018 |
After a visit to Gallipoli in the summer of 2005 I was curious to learn more about the history of the battle fought there during the First World War. This little volume was a fine introduction to the battle, mixing the minutiae of the tactics and strategy of the battle with insights into the minds of soldiers on the ground with good use of sources from both sides of the conflict and from lower ranks as well as officers. Its a readable and informative account of the conflict which resonated particularly well after having spent a day at the various sites of the battle.… (lisätietoja)
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iftyzaidi | Mar 20, 2007 |

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