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  • Securing the Narrow |Seas. The Dover Patrol 1914-1918

    Steve R. Dunn
    There is quite a story about efforts in World War One to control that narrow strip of sea which separates Britain from the continent. If not the whole story this book gives a very good impression of covering most of it. From the lowest ranks with 'ordinary men doing extraordinary things' to the damaging petty jealousies and rivalries at the top of the Admiralty. It covers the failures in understanding that sea warfare was changing, failure in ships not really designed to fulfill the tasks asked of them. It illuminates the superhuman efforts and devotion to duty shown by the middle and lower ranks when they were asked to compensate for strategic inadequacies. The ships ranged from drifters taken in from the fishing fleet to monitors fitted with 15 inch guns. The tasks ranged from patrolling the anti-submarine boom, to bombarding enemy troops in Flanders, to the attacks on Zeebrugge and Ostend. Personal stories abound as in the sinking of H M S Sanda taking with it the oldest serving officer at sixty-seven and a signal boy of fifteen. In another incident on the death of a sailor he was found to have two wives, a problem for the pay-office!
    The book is well written, thoroughly researched, well illustrated. While reading this book I occasional put it down because I was enjoying it so much I didn't want it end. It really is that good.
    Seaforth Publishing. Pen and Sword Books Ltd., 2017
  • The Irish Guards in the Great War

    Rudyard Kipling
    Not a lot of military history books could be better than the war diaries and personal correspondence of the First battalion of the Irish Guards written up by Rudyard Kipling with style. Although narrowly focused on this relatively small group of men it is essentially about every soldiers war. This is because it gets down to the minutiae of single men, section and platoon actions. The sweep of strategy and the grand plans are for other places. The text is well supported with illustrations and maps.
    I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone seeking a full understanding of the Great war.
    Spellmount Ltd., 1997
  • Naval Battles of the First World War

    Bennett, Geoffrey

    Penguin, 2001
  • Verdun

    Blond, Georges
    Originally published in French 1961, this book is full of Gallic passion, and conveys the horror, squallor and suffering as well as the heroic efforts made to protect this vital sector in 1916. Blond is to be recommended if you want to read a Frenchman who believes in his people.
    Mayflower-Del paperback, 1967
  • The Last Crusade -The Palestine Campaign in World War 1

    Bruce, Anthony
    A very even handed account of a campaign that has been largely ignored yet contains many of the elements that have bedevilled military operations in the Middle East over the last forty years. The Arab Revolt and T.E.Lawrence are set in the context of war between two major powers. It also brings to life the rank and file who bore the brunt of hostilities and the climate. Inter service cooperation, in its infancy then, was a considerable factor from the battle of Gaza to the conclusion of the campaign, from the war in the air and Naval support along the coast of the Levant. Easy and absorbing reading that would have profited from a few more maps.
    John Murray, 2002
  • The A.I.F. in Sinai & Palestine, The Official History of Australia in the War 1914-1918, Vol VII

    Gullett, Henry S

    Sydney, 1944
  • Gunfire on Nyasa

    The Nyasaland Journal, Vol X No 2
    Dr Sanderson
    The Nyasaland Society, July 1957
  • Gunfire on Nyasa

    Sandson, G.M.

    Nyasaland Journal Vol X No.2, July 1957