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The Red Knight Of Germany - The Story Of Baron Von Richthofen, Germany’s Great War Bird [Illustrated Edition]

by Floyd Gibbons

[16 Illustrations, portraits of the author, author's unit and plane.]In the small city of Wiesbaden in southwest Germany, a small headstone proclaims that the incumbent of its grave is Rittmeister Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen. Small fanfare and panoply for the far-famed and feared Red Baron; a hunter even during his childhood, he took to the skies above France and Flanders in 1915 following service as a cavalry officer. In the air he hunted his prey, almost exclusively British pilots, and by the time of his death in 1918 was credited with some 80 air combat victories. He was only 25 at the time of his death.American author Floyd Gibbon's biography seeks to give a fuller and more realistic portrait of Manfred von Richthofen than is widely known; to his German countryman he seemed to be a superhuman hero of the skies; to the Allies who opposed him, he seemed a ruthless bogeyman. The truth is far more complex than this as the author explains in great detail, using von Richthofen's own autobiography and other contemporary sources in order to produce a portrait of the greatest World War One Ace.

War Letters Of Edmond Genet : The First American Aviator Killed Flying The Stars And Stripes

by Grace Ellery Channing Edmond Charles Clinton Genet

"Edmond Genet from Ossining, New York, was the first American flier to die in the First World War after the United States declared war against Germany, shot down by anti-aircraft artillery on April 17, 1917. Genet was the great great grandson of Edmond-Charles Genêt, also known as Citizen Genêt, the French Ambassador to the United States shortly before the French Revolution who is mostly remembered for being the cause of an international incident known as the Citizen Genêt Affair.Edmond Genet sailed for France at the end of January, 1915, to join the French Foreign Legion while still technically on leave from the US Navy. He never arranged to be formally relieved of his responsibility to the Navy before joining the Lafayette Escadrille on January 22, 1917. This decision weighed heavily on him as time wore on since he could be classified as a deserter because the US was not yet formally in the war and his involvement in the Escadrille was therefore not an official assignment by the US military...He was particularly celebrated since it was known that he was the descendant of Citizen Genet. As the prospect of American Involvement in the war grew he became both increasingly worried and hopeful that his participation in the Escadrille would not be affected by the American entry into the war and sought the help of prominent Americans in France to help him straighten out his status. Ironically he died shortly after the formal entry of the US into the war before the issue of his status could be dealt with. Although other Americans had died as part of the Escadrille, he was the first one to do so after the US formally declared war on the Central powers. This made him the first official American casualty of the war despite the fact that the US had not yet had time to organize or send any actual troops to Europe...He was 20 years old at the time of his death."--Wiki

Priests In The Firing Line

by René Gaëll

The role of an army chaplain in war is an exceptionally difficult job and particularly in the hellish lunar landscape of the trenches of the First World War. Using the pseudonym René Gaëll, the author attempts to give an account of the life of a Catholic priest serving with the French troops in the frontline. He sees the men of his unit blown to pieces, mutilated by shell fire, wounded by gun shots, and all the while he attempts to assuage their suffering both physically and morally. In attempting to do so, he holds mass under shellfire, gives absolution in the trenches before men go over the top and confessions on the parapet. All the while the bullets and shells of the Germans do not distinguish between the horizon blue of the soldiers and the black of his cassock, and he sees fellow priests wounded and killed. An excellently descriptive book filled with the atmosphere of the trenches written by a brave and gallant man of the cloth.

A True Account Of The Battle Of Jutland, May 31, 1916

by Captain Thomas Frothingham U.S.N.R.

As the battle of Jutland was the only major naval engagement of the First World War, both of the belligerent powers have made claim to the plaudits for winning the battle. The experts and officers of the Royal Navy have argued back and forth with their opponents on the German side. It is refreshing that the battle is described in an unbiased book by a naval officer who is free from the nationalism commonly found. This was the purpose behind this volume by the American naval captain Thomas Frothingham, who writes in his preface that due to the mass of contradicting documents that "the Battle of Jutland has become one of the most misunderstood actions in history". He sets out the action in clear and concise terms, aided by a number of maps, to show the actual manoeuvres and clashes between the Royal Navy and the German High Seas Fleet.

Father Duffy’s Story; A Tale Of Humor And Heroism, Of Life And Death With The Fighting Sixty-Ninth [Illustrated Edition]

by Joyce Kilmer Father Francis Patrick Duffy

[Includes 8 photograph illustrations]On the northern half of Times Square in the heart of New York is a square named after Father Francis Patrick Duffy, a priest whose faith in God was only matched by the attachment to his flock. He is mainly known for his legendary exploits as chaplain of the Fighting Sixty-Ninth regiment (renumbered the 165th in Federal Army List) in the First World War. The regiment, composed of mainly troops of Irish heritage, had historically been at the forefront of the Civil War fighting at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. When the regiment marched to battle in the First World War, the troops were also mainly of an Irish Catholic background, headed by Father Duffy, who was never content to see the men of his charge go off to the front alone and frequently went into the maelstrom of battle as a stretcher bearer. Duffy and his regiment fought at Lunéville enduring a gas attack, before engaging at the Battle of the Ourcq and taking part in the two major American offensives at St. Mihiel and in the Argonne.Perhaps no finer compliment to him was paid by the regimental commander who stated that he and his actions were the key to the keeping unit's morale high. A fine memoir by a towering figure in American First World War history."Diary/memoir, June 1917--April 1919. Duffy was chaplain of the 165th Infantry, 42nd Division. An exciting account by the legendary chaplain, recounting his exploits in St. Mihiel, the Argonne, and else­where."- p. 120, Edward Lengel, World War I Memories, 2004, The Scarecrow Press, Lanham Maryland, Toronto, Oxford.

By-Ways On Active Service; Notes From An Australian Journal

by Captain Hector William Dinning

It seems strange that any book should be composed in a war-zone as difficult and dangerous as the Somme area in 1917, but that is exactly what Hector Dinning did. Having published a few of his pen-portraits and sketches of incidents in various journals, friends and colleagues pressed Dinning to collect them together and publish them as a book. This he did even in the mud of the battlefield and under the shell-fire of the Germans!Hector Dinning was among the first Australians to volunteer for overseas service. As he and his comrades sailed toward Egypt, military discipline chafed at the individualism of the Australians. Thankfully, once in Cairo, the troops were allowed leave before further transit to the hellish Gallipoli peninsula. Dinning details the difficulties and carnage that he witnessed at Gallipoli and Pathos, but also with some restraint, given the awfulness of the battles there. After only a brief rest in Egypt, the author was sent to France for further action on the Somme in Picardy; however, as a relief and in stark contrast, he tells of encounters with the French civilians behind the lines and the time that he spent out of the lines. This volume takes his story up to 1917, whereupon he was transferred to the famed Australian Light Horse, who were engaged in Palestine under Allenby, which he recounted in his second volume of memoirs, "Nile to Aleppo, with the Light-horse in the Middle-East."An excellent Anzac memoir.Some contemporary reviews of 'By-Ways On Active Service'"He has a notable literary gift."--Morning Post."He has seen strange things with intensely keen eyes."--Daily Express."He is a vivid writer, with a keen eye for detail, and a direct way of setting it down which grips the attention." Times."He sees things with fresh and observing eyes, and he has a most receptive mind."--Punch."He can write." Sydney Bulletin."He has a striking literary gift."-- Archibald Strong in Melbourne Herald.

Marine Flyer In France — The Diary Of Captain Alfred A. Cunningham, November 1917 - January 1918

by Captain Alfred Austell Cunningham

During November and December 1917, Captain Alfred A. Cunningham, the first Marine Corps aviator, travelling under orders from Major General Commandant George Barnett, toured the battlefronts and flying fields of France to observe Allied air operations and training.The diary, kept in tiny, neat handwriting in a small pocket notebook, begins on 3 November 1917 with Cunningham's sailing from New York on board the S. S. St. Paul. After a description of a rough winter passage through the North Atlantic U-boat zone, the entries record the confusion, inconveniences, and hardships of wartime London and Paris and contain repeated expressions of homesickness, along with sometimes acid comment on the French people and culture. His tour of British and French airfields culminated with his flying a number of the different aircraft then in service, even flying himself with French airmen on combat missions in December 1917.

A Brigadier In France – 1917-1918

by Brigadier Hanway Robert Cumming

"Great War memoirs of an officer who served on the Western front as a battalion commander (2 DLI) then as commander 91st Brigade, 7th Division. He was dismissed during the Battle of Bullecourt in May 1917 but came back in May 1918 as commander 110th Brigade. Murdered in Ireland in March 1921 while commanding the Kerry BrigadeHanway Robert Cumming was commissioned into the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) in 1889 and saw active service during the South African War. He was in a staff appointment in India in August 1914 and did not arrive in France till June 1915 where he again held staff appointments until August 1916 when he took command of 2nd DLI. In November 1916 he was appointed to command of the 91st Brigade, 7th Division, a post he held till May 1917 when, during the Battle of Bullecourt he was summarily dismissed by the divisional commander (Shoubridge) and went home on leave, under protest as he describes in the book (less than a month later he was awarded the DSO in the 1917 Birthday Honours!). From August 1917 to the following February he commanded the MG Corps Training Centre at Grantham and then, in March 1918 he went back to France to command the 110th Brigade, 21st Division where he stayed to the end of the war. After the war, while commanding the Kerry Brigade in Ireland he was murdered, on 6th March 1921...The greater part of the book deals with his command of the 110th Brigade which he took over less than a week before the German Spring offensive, which is dealt with in detail, as is the May offensive in Champagne in which 21st Division was one of the five British divisions fighting under French command, and then the final allied counter-offensive. In all this is an interesting picture of the life of a brigade commander on the Western front. He tells his story in the third person, referring to himself throughout as the brigadier."--N&M Press Ed.

A Soldier Unafraid - Letters From The Trenches On The Alsatian Front

by Captain André Cornet-Auquier Theodore Stanton

Nearly 1.7 million French soldiers died in the First World War fighting for their homeland against the invading German Armies; it is difficult to comprehend that hecatomb. It is indeed difficult to comprehend that many lost lives, perhaps the only way to do so is in representative figures such as the Unknown Soldier or by the many memoirs and diaries that have been left behind. One such diary is that of Captain André Cornet-Auquier, a passionate but moral man, well-known for his leadership skills in and bravery on the battlefield. The conditions in which he served on the Alsace front were always tough, being often within forty-five yards of the enemy's front lines, his faith in his cause and God sustained him even in the most trying situations. Despite being in the front line fighting for so long his luck ran out in February 1916, mortally wounded by a shell splinter. A symbol of French stoicism and courage he died beloved by his men, one of his sergeants said "It is not a spectacle often witnessed, -- that of soldiers, accustomed to face death, weeping like children as they stood round his bier."

Soldier And Dramatist—Being The Letters Of Harold Chapin: American Citizen Who Died For England At Loos On September 26th, 1915

by Harold Chapin

"Harold Chapin was a US born actor, author and playwright who volunteered for the British Army in 1914. He served with the 1st/6th Field Ambulance unit and was killed in the battle of Loos. The letters in this memorial volume give a rare insight into the work of a front-line ambulance unit early in the Great War."N&M Print Version

Ambulance No. 10. Personal Letters Of A Driver At The Front [Illustrated Edition]

by Leslie Buswell

"Letters describing the daily life and activities of a section of the voluntary "American Ambulance Field Service in France", operating over a period of four months in 1915 in Lorraine in support of the French.These letters were written by a member of the American Ambulance Field Service in France, a voluntary organisation that came into existence soon after the outbreak of war and in 1916 had over 200 motor ambulances. They were driven by young American volunteers, most of them graduates of American universities, who got no salary but their living expenses were paid. The ambulances were grouped in sections of twenty to thirty vehicles, attached to the French Armies and carried the wounded between the front and Army Hospitals within the Army zone. They were particularly useful in Alsace where their light but powerful vehicles were able to cope with the steep mountain passes which French motor ambulances could not manage. The section in which the writer of these letters served and whose daily life and activities he describes was located in Lorraine. The letters cover a period of four months from June to October 1915 and were first published in 1915 under the title With the American Ambulance Field Service in France, changed to Ambulance No 10 for this 1916 edition, purely for the sake of brevity. There is plenty of action to read about in this correspondence and there are interesting photographs."-N&M Print Version.

The Battle Of Jutland

by Colonel John Buchan

The one and only major naval engagement of the First World War stands alone in the history of Warfare afloat. It is a curious battle to study as a German tactical victory, but rather a British strategic victory. Colonel Buchan wrote his volume study of the battle from an enviable position as a high ranking intelligence officer, having access to much of the detail from the allied side. He divided the action into four distinct phases as the battle ships and cruisers manoeuvred for position and the shells rained among them. One of the finest British authors of the age, he also wrote copious numbers of books on the First World War, of particular note the 24 volume "Nelson's" history.

On The Road To Kut, A Soldier’s Story Of The Mesopotamian Campaign [Illustrated Edition]

by Anon “black Tab”

Includes 56 original illustrations and a map of the area.Our anonymous author was part of the 6th Poona Division, Indian Army, the first of the British Empire's forces to be deployed to Mesopotamia during the First World War. Fighting and marching through sweltering temperatures forced much inactivity on the British and Indian troops as much as their Turkish and Arab opponents. The author in his irreverent style remarked: "From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. it was hot. From 9 a.m. to 12 damned hot. From 12 to 5.30 much too damned hot." The campaigning seasons in this part of the world were hot, difficult and fraught with ambush and disease. Black Tab's struggles and travails as he marches with his comrades to the relief of Kut are punctuated with witty asides, and amusing vignettes, maintaining spirits in the face of adversity.An interesting memoir from an often forgotten campaign.

Winged Warfare - Hunting The Huns In The Air [Illustrated Edition]

by Major Billy Bishop V.C. D.S.O. M.C.

[Illustrated with 17 additional photos of the author and the machines he flew and fought against]As a young Billy Bishop looking up into the sky above his Canadian trench in July 1915, a passing Royal Flying Corps aircraft was returning home from patrol. He was envious and said to whoever was listening "...it's clean up there! I'll bet you don't get any mud or horse **** on you up there. If you die, at least it would be a clean death.". Struck by his sudden epiphany he requested a transfer to the Royal Flying Corps, it was a momentous decision, for within the next three years Bishop would claim 72 victories over his German opponents, making him the highest scoring British Empire air ace of the First World War.A National Hero in his native Canada, he was awarded a V.C. for conspicuous services - the citation read:"For most conspicuous bravery, determination, and skill. Captain Bishop,...[On his own] flew first of all to an enemy aerodrome; finding no machines about, he flew on to another aerodrome...which was at least 12 miles the other side of the line. Seven machines....were on the ground. He attacked these from about fifty feet...One of the machines got off the ground, but at a height of 60 feet, Captain Bishop fired 15 rounds into it at very close range, and it crashed to the ground. A second machine got off the ground, into which he fired 30 rounds at 150 yards range, and it fell into a tree. Two more machines then rose from the aerodrome. One of these he engaged at a height of 1,000 feet, emptying the rest of his drum of ammunition. This machine crashed 300 yards from the aerodrome, after which Captain Bishop emptied a whole drum into the fourth hostile machine, and then flew back to his station. Four hostile scouts were about 1,250 feet above him for about a mile of his return journey, but they would not attack. His machine was very badly shot about by machine gun fire from the ground."A fine memoir from an Air Ace legend.

A Crusader Of France: The Letters Of Captain Ferdinand Belmont Of The Chasseurs Alpins (August 2, 1914-December 28, 1915)

by George Frederic Lees Captain Ferdinand Belmont

The Chasseurs Alpins, trained to fight in the mountains that border France, were and are to this day considered among the elite of the French Army. It was in the mountains of the Alsace region during the First World War that Captain Ferdinand Belmont fell prey to German fire. He was a soldier of rare ability fighting, decorated with the Légion d'Honneur and mentioned in despatches three times, but does not truly paint the picture of the man. A doctor by profession, he volunteered for front-line service along with his brother and was described by his superiors only in the most glowing terms as both a man and a soldier. In his letters home, Captain Belmont provides a detailed and rich picture of his men, full of the thoughtful musings of an educated man on the strains of war. His encounters with the enemy were fairly numerous and are detailed from his first clashes on the Somme up to the mountain fighting in the Vosges, with not a little venom directed at his German foe. During the bitter struggles for the mountain peak at Hartmannswillerkopf, he and his men suffered heavy casualties, and during a barrage, Captain Belmont was wounded by a shell splinter that took off his right arm, a wound that proved fatal.

The First Canadians In France, The Chronicle Of A Military Hospital In The War Zone

by Lt. Col. Frederick McKelvey Bell

Lt. Col. Frederick McKelvey Bell holds an eminent place among the Canadians that were engaged in the war effort in France; his medical unit was the first of the Canadians to land and set to work in France in 1914. A distinguished doctor and medical officer, the author recounts his adventures and japes among his comrades in a relaxed and almost comic tone during the passage across the Atlantic. It is surprising that the sang-froid of he and his friends remained intact as they approached the front and the carnage which they encountered at the military hospital. Bell and his comrades provided vital care to the wounded of the British forces, and even some of the captured German soldiers, of whom he paints vivid portraits.

Robert Bacon — Life And Letters [Illustrated Edition]

by Field-Marshal Earl Haig Elihu Root James Brown Scott

Numerous portraits, prints and photographs throughout.Robert Bacon stands as one of the pivotal figures in the United States around the turn of the Twentieth Century. A native of Massachusetts, he graduated from Harvard before becoming a senior figure at J.P. Morgan & Co, instrumental in brokering the deals that formed the U.S. Steel Corporation and the Northern Securities Company. Following a brief period of inactivity, he was named Assistant Secretary of State in 1905, a position he held until 1909. He was even acting Secretary of State in the absence of Elihu Root (who wrote the introduction to this book). After this, he was posted to the vital role of Ambassador to France in Paris as the storm clouds of the First World War started to appear, and, following a brief spell back in America, returned to work with the American Ambulance Service in France in 1914.Once America had committed to military involvement in the First World War, Bacon held various senior positions on General Pershing's staff. His post as Chief of the American Military Mission at British General Headquarters brought him into contact with Field Marshal Haig (who wrote a foreword to this book) and many of the other British generals.

Gas And Flame In Modern Warfare

by Major S. J. M. Auld

The battlefield of the First World War with the prepared positions of multiple trench lines, barbed wire and massed artillery became not only a killing ground for the troops in the standard "Shot and Shell", but as the belligerent powers bent all of their scientific means to bear new terrifying weapons of poison gas and flame projectors, came to the fore to break the stalemate. This covers all of the fearsome, death-dealing weapons then conceived, from mustard and chlorine gases to the flammenwerfer.Major Auld was a veteran of the British Army sent to the Military Mission to the United States to prepare their leaders and their troops of what awaited them on the battlefields of France.

The Retreat From Mons

by Anon.

The Retreat From Mons, or 'The Great Retreat', was a harsh lesson for both the British troops who were retreating in the face of the overwhelming forces of the German Armies, and the Germans themselves, with the stubborn tenacity and fighting abilities of the long-service British Tommies. The action in this volume begins with the mobilization of the British Expeditionary Force, to the beginning of the battle of the Marne. The book was officially endorsed and benefits from a foreword by Field Marshal French who was in command of the British Expeditionary Force at the time.

The Jutland Battle By Two Who Took Part In It

by Anon.

Two young officers write of their experiences at the only major naval engagement of the First World War -- the battle of Jutland in 1916. The first officer was writing to his parents in the immediate aftermath of the battle; the other, only 19 years of age, wrote to a wounded comrade of just 17, who had lost his leg in the war.

The Cannoneers Have Hairy Ears: A Diary Of The Front Lines

by Anon.

An American Captain tells the story of his unit of artillery in the Front Lines of the Western front through the battles of St Mihiel and the Argonne to the ceasefire.An acclaimed classic account of an American Officer whose battery fought bravely as part of the American Expeditionary Forces in 1918. The unedited journal, which was kept by the author on his person at all times, is a gem of reportage filled with scenes that vividly portray the battle front and at times the sheer brutality of war. His unit were cited for their accurate and deadly work with their French-made 75 mm. guns, and despite the unit not often being more than 1000 yards away from the trenchlines the efficiency of the battery allowed the author time to write. Not polished or damaged by post-war editing the author's diary retains its freshness and immediacy of the shell-torn trenches of the French countryside."Diary, August--November 1918, of a U.S. Field Artillery unit--75mm guns--attached to the 33rd Division. One of the best American artillery accounts" - p. 120, Edward Lengel, World War I Memories, 2004, The Scarecrow Press, Lanham Maryland, Toronto, Oxford.

My Secret Service, Vienna-Sophia-Constantinople-Nish-Belgrade-Asia Minor

by Anon.

In 1914, the anonymous author, a journalist by profession with no pretensions to military training, embarked on one of the most outrageous escapades of the First World War as he travelled behind German lines, collecting information on the German war machine. Across Germany, the Balkans and even so far as Turkey, meeting heads of states, ministers and even the Kaiser himself! His story may seem far-fetched, but included in his book (and reproduced with this edition) are a Vienna bread ticket of 1915, the calling card of Halil Bey, and other documents to prove his tale. However, in the modest yet dashing spirit of the times, the author was at pains to point out that "I AM not a spy, that I wish to make abundantly clear; I am a journalist, and I love my profession. Equally well I love adventure and sport, the greatest sport in the world, in which the stake is the player's life."A jaunty read.

Field Ambulance Sketches

by Anon.

The Anonymous N.C.O. "A Corporal" recounts his experiences as a stretcher bearer in the mud of Flanders Fields in 1917.The trenches for him and many of his comrades have changed them and here "...Life here is furtive and crouching; a "downward-looking" life; life under a lid. Here men acquire a strange mole-like character: quick to scent the danger that they cannot see; prompt to divine a line of escape where none seems possible. The clay that ingrains their skins seems to have inoculated them with some of the wisdom of Earth and her creeping things. They are subtle as weasels, sensitive as the naked worm..." As he and his fellow stretcher bearers go and collect the men injured and wounded at the front, they face the dangers of snipers, shelling, trench collapses, all the while carrying a heavy human bearing. Not as sanguine as some writers about facing the dangers for King and Country, our author does his duty with aplomb, great courage and a pinch of cynical black humour.

Diary Of Section VIII, Of The American Field Ambulance Service

by Anon.

"As the quick transportation of wounded from the front to the nearest hospital is so great a factor in saving their lives, the American Ambulance Field Service was organized soon after the beginning of the war, and during the subsequent two years its achievement has fully demonstrated the value of its purpose. It has now in the field more than 300 motor ambulances. These are driven by young American volunteers, most of whom are graduates of American universities. To them has been successfully entrusted the vitally important matter of bringing the wounded in the shortest possible time from the trenches to places where the first surgical help can be given. Upon this first surgical help largely depends, naturally, the chance of the wounded surviving long enough to reach the base hospitals. These ambulances are grouped in sections of twenty to thirty cars, and attached to the French Armies. They carry wounded between the front and the Army Hospitals within the Army Zone.The French Army has cited these Sections more than twenty times for distinguished services; has conferred the Croix de Guerre, for bravery, on sixty-six members of the Service, and upon two, the Médaille Militaire, the highest honor for military valor in France."--From the American Ambulance Service Leaflet included in the book.

A War Nurse’s Diary; Sketches From A Belgian Field Hospital [Illustrated Edition]

by Anon.

Illustrated with 33 photos of the author's comrades, adventures and hospitals.When war broke out in 1914, it was imagined in Britain that the war with Germany would be short and the need for nursing staff over in France would be low as there should be very few casualties. The author, a trained nurse from the Northern Midlands in England, decided that she would volunteer her services immediately, but was rebuffed by the Red Cross and St John's Ambulance on the basis that they had almost one nurse for every soldier in the field. Not to be deterred, she responded to an advert which read: "Ten nurses wanted at once for Antwerp; must be voluntary." And off to Belgium she went in August 1914.It was to be in Belgium that so many of these rosy presumptions that were held by many were shattered early in the autumn of 1914, as the German steamroller thumped into the Allied forces. In its wake the huge numbers of wounded flooded into the hospitals in Belgium where our author was inundated with work. As the Germans moved forward, she and her fellow hospital staff were moved backward from Antwerp, where she was briefly caught up in the siege, escaping to Ghent, Bruges, Ostend and thence to France. She tended to the wounded amidst the carnage of war almost unceasingly until a year later when she left France for England in October 1915.

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