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The Countryside at War, 1914-1918 by Caroline Dakers
Re-reads of The Children of the Souls: A tragedy of the First World War by Jeanne Mackenzie and How We Lived Then, 1914-1918: a Sketch of Social and Domestic Life in England during the War by Mrs. C.S. Peel
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Hi Hazel, not read that title so not sure if this explanation is in context with the quote you gave, but there is evidence that at the 'eleventh hour' (29th-30th July 1914) the German Chancellor, Bathmann Hollweg, tried to restrain the Austro-Hungarians after the Serbs replied to the AH ultimatum and that even the Kaiser considered whether there was a reason to go to war - he had even tried to sway the High Command from following the Schleiffen Plan and concentrate on an 'Eastern' war vs. Russia instead (to his General's dismay). However, the genuine nature of both of these events remains questionable/ historically debateable (playing the diplomatic stage). This may explain your surprise quote if it fits in date wise.
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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:57 pm
Hazel, I read in an earlier post you were looking for a Seaforths memoir - how about 'Last Man Standing - Norman Collins' - just out, edited by Richard Van Emden
Norman Collins gave TV interviews for a programme on veterans and he was so memorable. Not sure if he was in the Bn of your interest, but maybe of general Seaforth interets to you?
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Can someone please suggest what John Terrain books are his best work n World War I. I would appreciate any suggestions. ALso, the best books to read and have about the U-boat wars in World War I. Are there any particular works someone who enjoys the topi of the U-pBoats. Also any other suggestion for World War I reads would be appreciuated.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:14 am
Posted 30 April 2012 - 01:35 pm
Reading Leon Wolff's "In Flanders Fields". Only read a few chapters but both he and General Fuller, who wrote the introduction, are very scathing about Haig and Lloyd George. Although Wolff is an American, it seems fairly balanced so far and Fuller says he concurs with Wolff's asessment. However, in the preface, Wolff does make a statement that surprised me. Quote "Germany reluctantly backed Austria". It will be interesting to see how the book progresses.
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:16 pm
Leon Wolff's book is one of the classics. I would definitely recommend it for a gripping description of the war and Passchendaele in particular. That said, it was written quite some time ago and from an openly left wing point of view. Wolff was a pacifist and naturally critical of Haig and the strategy of attrition. Much factual material has been brought into the light of day and much discussion of how the war was fought has taken place since the book was written. I would put it next to Graves and Sassoon on my shelf. Well worth a read but with reservations as to analysis.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:18 pm