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The Imperial War Museum Book of 1914 By Malcolm Brown

The Imperial War Museum Book of 1914
by Malcolm Brown

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A moving and evocative recreation of 1914 - the beginning of the First World War and the year when the world changed for ever
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The Imperial War Museum Book of 1914: The Men Who Went to War by Malcolm Brown

'At dusk tonight we advance to attack the enemy, three miles away . . . I don't know how many are opposed to us, a considerable number, I believe. Well, Au Revoir all, God bless you . . . I may not write any more . . . If I come through it alright, I'll tell you all about it; the G's shells are dropping in the village now, so we must move forward.'

In 1914 the summer peace was shattered by an assassination in the Balkans and, within weeks, a continent was engulfed in war. Eager volunteers rushed to enlist. All the nations involved felt the righteousness of their cause, and everybody believed the fighting would be over in weeks. The reality was very different. War that seemed glorious in August had become hellish by September. British soldiers sent across the Channel found the roads clogged by desolate crowds of French and Belgian refugees, their lives destroyed. The suffering caused by the siege of Antwerp, the gruelling battles of Mons and Ypres, even the fragile Christmas Truce, brought home the awful reality of war. Using new letters and diaries from the archives of the Imperial War Museum, Malcolm Brown skilfully recreates this pivotal year through the moving experiences of men and women who felt the war first-hand, vividly capturing the brutal reality of war as well as moments of great humanity.

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About Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown has been a television documentary-maker and is the author of many books on military history, including Tommy Goes to War, the IWM Book of the Somme, and the IWM Book of 1918. He is a freelance historian at the Imperial War Museum.

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The Imperial War Museum Book of 1914: The Men Who Went to War by Malcolm Brown
Malcolm Brown
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