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World War I

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1 Home Front 1914-1918: How Britain Survived the Great War
Ian F.W. Beckett
224 pages; 7 1/2" x 9 3/4", cloth, The National Archives [United Kingdom]
Every war has its ‘home front’, but World War I - the ‘Great War’ - was the first to utterly transform civilian life. Not only did families risk their fathers and sons in active combat, but every member of society was mobilized in some way to contribute to the war effort. In the course of these eventful years the population experienced rationing, shortages, aerial bombing, thousands more women in work (known as ‘dilution’ of the workplace!), industrial unrest, a large influx of foreign refugees, and a host of other shocks. Even the king was not exempt: he, too, had a ration card, and the flowerbeds of Buckingham Palace were planted with vegetables.

Ian Beckett examines the full story - one that is, by turns, grim, humorous, touching, surprising, and even inspiring. Among other details, learn how the feeding of pigeons was declared illegal, why a town council forbade punctuation, and what ‘Belgian flush’ was. The author’s narrative is reinforced by a welter of photographs, original documents and letters, and poignant personal stories of life on Britain’s home front.

About Author
Ian F.W. Beckett is currently Professor of History at University College, Northampton, and has formerly taught at Sandhurst and in the United States. His publications include The Oxford History of the British Army and The Great War 1914-1918. In 2002, for The National Archives, he published The First World War: The Essential Guide to Sources in the UK National Archives.

Table of Contents
* The Outbreak of War
* Manpower, Industry and Labour
* Women and Children
* Everyday Life
* Enemies Within and Without
* War’s End
* Further Reading, Chronology and Index
Price: 36.00 USD



2 First World War Army Service Records: A Guide for Family Historians
William Spencer
160 pages; 7 1/2" x 9 3/4", paper, The National Archives [United Kingdom]
The National Archives’ celebrated First World War holdings include personal files of officers and other ranks, campaign medals, gallantry and meritorious service awards, courts martial and casualty lists. Its remarkable collection has records of Dominion forces and the Indian Army, the WAAC, the Royal Flying Corps and RAF, as well as auxiliary and nursing services.

Over 10,000 individual unit war diaries cover all operational theatres of the British Army, while original trench maps illustrates areas from the Western Front to Salonica, Gallipoli to Mesopotamia, Palestine to Italy.

About Author
William Spencer is the military records specialist at The National Archives. He is the author of the bestselling "Army Service Records of the First World War" and "Air Force Records for Family Historians".
Price: 24.95 USD


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