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True World War I stories : sixty personal narratives of the war
Publication Information:
Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2001?]
Physical Description:
425 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Originally published in 1930 under title Everyman at war.
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D640.A2 T78 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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No one to be seen now and my head facing I knew not where. A great, livid waste, the light of day going, and the way might be to the north or to the south. I had lost my bearings. Not far away a tank, half embedded, was getting it full tilt. The sweat stood on my dirty face. And then in that great expanse of mud and wire I spotted a little red cross on a little flag....So writes Private Alfred Willcox, of the Royal Sussex Regiment, about a July night in 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres. His is just one of the many gripping, moving accounts in True World War I Stories -- accounts that recall all aspects of the greatest conflict the world had ever seen: the first gas and tank attacks; life in the trenches and under bombardment; going over the top and charging the enemy; fighting at Loos, Mons, and the Somme; aerial dogfights and the birth of the air force; and life as a prisoner of war.Fear and courage, dirt, pain, and death -- it's all here in True World War I Stories.

Table of Contents

Bernard John DenoreR. G. HillJ. F. BellF. L. Watson, M.C.Anthony R. HossackW. WalkerThos. McCallDavid PhillipsHarold SaundersW. Sylvanus LewisF. W. WattsN. H. BradburyT. S. WilliamsFred BallCapt. S.J. Worsley, D.S.O., M.C.Harry DrakeGeorge F. WearB. NeylandE. N. GladdenAlfred WillcoxJ. Cumming MorganP. Hoole JacksonGeorge BrameAlan F. HyderChris KnightW. R. DickC.J. ArthurA. A. DicksonR. W. IleyH. E. MayAlfred GroschR. G. BultitudeThomas A. OwenF. Mitchell, M.C.Alexander PatersonDr. F. O. TaylorDr. John A. HaywardC. Goddard-CheadA. B. KenwayFred T. WilsonF. W. D. BendallW. H. LenchN. C. PowellH. P. BonserWilliam G. JohnstonT. ClaytonRobert HardingCharles TrehaneF. SucklingRev. John H. W. HaswellH.F. TaylorEsmee SartoriusM. L. TathamA. B. BakerJ. WilleyW. WainwrightReginald C. HugginsReginald MorrisVictor Denham
The Old Contemptibles, 1914
The Retreat from Mons, August 23rd-September 5th, 1914p. 1
An Old Contemptible at Le Cateaup. 10
The First Battle of Ypres, October 1914p. 17
In France and Flanders, 1915-1918
A Territorial in the Salientp. 22
The First Gas Attackp. 30
The Battle of Loosp. 36
A Highland Battalion at Loosp. 42
At a Sap-Headp. 47
Trenches at Vimy Ridgep. 55
In a Kite Balloonp. 62
A Night Counter-Attackp. 66
A Gunner's Adventurep. 73
The Carnoy Cowsp. 77
Ordinary War on the Sommep. 82
Delville Woodp. 89
In a Billetp. 95
17-21p. 98
A Wireless Operatorp. 107
At Messines Ridge in 1917p. 114
A July Day at St. Julienp. 122
A Labour Company at Ypresp. 130
Two Nightsp. 136
On the Belgian Coastp. 144
A Nightmarep. 152
A Cavalry Brigade at Cambrai, November 1917p. 159
La Vacquerie, December 3rd, 1917p. 168
A Boy's Experiencesp. 176
Varieties of Trench Lifep. 184
A Runner's Story 1916-1918p. 191
In a Highland Regimentp. 199
Opening of German Offensive, March 1918p. 207
Retreatp. 215
"Stand-to" on Givenchy Roadp. 223
When Tank Fought Tankp. 231
Bravery in the Field?p. 239
Noyon - March 23rd, 1918p. 247
A Casualty Clearing Stationp. 252
Rationsp. 260
A Padre's Storyp. 267
Messines, October 1918p. 275
At Gallipoli
A Boy at Gallipolip. 284
The Flood at Suvla Bayp. 290
The Evacuation of Suvla Bayp. 298
In Macedonia
The End of Bulgariap. 304
In Palestine
A Sapper in Palestinep. 311
Tell-el-Sheriap. 319
In Mesopotamia
The Corridorp. 323
Those Desert Daysp. 334
In German East Africa
The Devil - My Friendp. 338
In the Air
"The Circus"p. 347
The Casualtyp. 354
August to November 1918p. 359
Some Women
August 1914p. 366
The Great Retreat in Serbia in 1915p. 374
The Story of a W.A.A.C.p. 380
On the Sea
War at Seap. 387
Zeebruggep. 395
Torpedoed in the Aegean Seap. 406
First Days of Imprisonmentp. 411
Captivity in the Ardennesp. 419