British Battles of World War I, 1914-15 (Uncovered Editions)

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Despatches written by the generals at the Front and published in the London Gazette, the official newspaper of Parliament. They describe some of the battles that took place in 1914 and 1915, in France and Belgium, a naval attack off the Belgian coast and the capture of the Emden off the Cocos Islands, an air attack on the Zeppelin base in Germany, and Army and Navy reports of the Gallipoli landing. "Uncovered Editions" are historic official papers now available in popular form.

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First World War battles conjure up images of cold, muddy trenches and swathes of men dying in futile attempts to gain precious yards of enemy territory. Yet as this Stationery Office edition of General John French's frontline despatches in the first winter of the war in northern France show, the campaign was actually one of tactical manoeuvre, as small units of British, Indian and Canadian troops, aided by aerial reconnaissance, forded rivers, commandeered strategic villages and used the cover of deep woods in the attempt to push back the German army. Losses were heavy. Hand-to-hand fighting and gallantry were often no match for the technology of modern warfare--machine guns and mustard gas. This edition includes despatches from Gallipoli as well. War-buffs and historians alike will find this live reportage a compelling read.-- Miles Taylor

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