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The First World War – Book Review

The First World war

As we enter the hundredth anniversary of the global struggle we today know as the First World War, a period of great suffering, huge technological leaps and events that shaped the world to come it is important to understand the history behind the conflict that created the ANZAC tradition.

Written by one of Britain’s foremost military historians Sir John Keegan, this book leaves no stone unturned in a quest to display the horrors of war and conditions that led to such a grave loss of life. Covering the conflict from West to East Keegan analyses the command decisions and the innovations of those on the front that would eventually breech the deadlock of trench warfare, providing a blow by blow account of how battles were fought and pyrrhic victories claimed.

This book will help you understand why so many young men in their prime marched off to war without hesitation and how populations endured the material and mental strains of a four year conflict that was to span the globe in an easy to follow and chronological manner.

Priced at $25.00 NZD this book is an informative read that will provide an excellent jumping point for further reading.To enquire about purchasing a copy of this book please email shop@navymuseum.co.nz or call 09-445-5186.

Reviewed by Brett Collis – Guide – The National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy

 

Posted on May 26, 2014
Filed under: Book Reviews

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