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The First World War

Brian Williams



Price: £6.00

Publication date: 1 March 2009

Category: Military History

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

In 1914, the war aim of all nations was simple: victory. By the time that victory came about in 1918 the celebrations were muted. Too much had been lost, and tragedy had touched almost every household. 

This Pitkin guide presents the history of the reality and the horrors of the Great War, which left a deep impact on a generation and subsequent generations, marked by the war graves and memorials in Flanders that still move visitors.

Contemporary photographs, propaganda and maps bring this sobering period of world history to life.

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Brian Williams has wide experience in international publishing as writer, editor and consultant. He is a long-term Pitkin heritage author, with titles including several in the History of Britain series, military and politics.

He has also authored several historical titles with Brenda Williams, such as Saxons & VikingsLife in a Roman Villa and Britain in the Blitz.