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  1. dropshortjock

    Trench Art

    I have inherited from a cousin a few bits & pieces of furniture and a few shell cases converted to walking stick stands etc. Among these items is what I suspect is a trench art book mark that would have been made by or for his father, who served in the PPCLI during WW1. The name tapped into the...
  2. Auld-Yin

    Twelve Days on the Somme

    Written in 1933 by Sidney Rogerson, a Company Commander in the West Yorks during WW1 because he was getting fed up of memoirs coming out at that time talking only of battles. He wrote 12 Days to illustrate what a ‘normal’ period in the front line was like for the ordinary infantryman and chose a...
  3. Trilby

    Soldiering on: British Tommies after the First World War

    Adam Powell's 'Soldiering on: British Tommies after the First World War' is a slimmish (pp.256) larger format paperback, arranged in four parts, with prologue and introduction. Part I covers the Armistice (both at the Front and at home), plus demobilisation and the actual return under the title...
  4. W

    Fire-Step to Fokker Fodder

    Fire-step to Fokker Fodder is an account of the First World War experiences of William ‘Jack’ Lidsey from when he volunteered as a private soldier in the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry in August 1914, to his death at the hands of the Red Baron as an observer in the Royal Flying Corps on 21st March...
  5. Auld-Yin

    Dictionary of Tommies' Songs and Slang

    “Dictionary of Tommies' Songs and Slang" is an excellent book about life for the WW1 troops, and contains exactly what it says - on the tin!! For research into the humble foot-slogger of the era - as opposed to the usual officer’s viewpoint given in the common letters home to mater and pater -...
  6. Auld-Yin

    The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing

    This is a very quirky but very enjoyable book. The eponymous hero is an Heir Hunter based in Edinburgh who is very down on his luck, owing money to some very dodgy people when he comes across a case, handed to him by his friendly local plod. This gives him a chance to get in front, identify...
  7. DieWespe

    Need help Identifying a Shell Casing Headstamp

    I bought this curious lil' thing in a memorabilia shop, and I would like to know what sort of weapon it came from. The shell itself has 'Fleury' stencilled on it, suggesting it's from Fleury-devant-Douaumont, a village that was razed to the ground during the Battle of Verdun. The area was...
  8. Themanwho

    Supplying the British Army in the First World War

    This is a book I was looking forward to; the “Q” triumphs and trials of the British Army in the Great War has been covered in large scale by historians as part of their publications, but has not generated a decent genre of books devoted solely to the arts logistic. I’ve felt for some time that...
  9. Joshua Slocum

    The Battles of ARRAS North - Vimy ridge to Oppy Wood and Gavrelle

    This excellent guide gives you advice on driving, walking, or cycling, when touring the area around the City of Arras, and will complement any visit that you make by showing you those subtle hidden gems that are so easy to miss. The area North of Arras is somewhat neglected by those interested...
  10. Romsey warhorse - B&W.jpg

    Romsey warhorse - B&W.jpg

    Romsey Memorial park 2017
  11. Joshua Slocum

    Sopwith Camels over Italy 1917-1918

    Images of War: Sopwith Camels over Italy 1917-1918 While most of us are familiar with the Great War on the Western front, names like the Somme, Passchendaele, and Verdun, other areas of conflict are less well known about, Gallipoli and the the middle east for instance, although a few films...
  12. Daz

    Reference Image SE5a

    Taken at the Yorkshire Air Museum :)
  13. Stumpy4154

    A Sturdy Race of Men - 149th Brigade

    I requested this book to review as, after visiting Ypres and some of the nearby cemeteries for the centenary commemorations of the Armistice, I seem to have "rediscovered" WW1 and I was not disappointed with it. In fact I could hardly put it down, much to the chagrin of the Stumpette. The book...
  14. Trilby

    The French Army on the Somme, 1916

    This excellent book by Ian Sumner is a very valuable corrective to the idea that the 1916 Battle of the Somme was all about the British. Featuring a good introductory section, it uses its many well-chosen large black and white photographs with informative captions to paint a quite different and...
  15. Trilby

    The Somme 1916 : The Strip of Murdered Nature 2 July - 18 November 1916

    This book, by television producer Ed Skelding, is built around numerous photographs taken by him on filming trips to the Somme sector, and deals with the Battle of the Somme, 1916 from the second day (2 July 1916) until the end, in November. The first volume one deals with the first day...
  16. goodoldboy

    The Soldiers' Peace

    The sub-title of this book is Demobilising the British Army 1919 and that is precisely what it describes. The author clearly has a passion for research as mostly the text is who said what, where and when in handling this massive. After a good Introduction which, despite a number of spelling...
  17. goodoldboy

    Fight to the Finish

    Fight to the Finish by Allan Mallinson When this book arrived for review my thoughts were ‘Ah, the Great War, I’ll soon have this done after a bit of Ypres, Passchendaele, the Somme and a nod to Gallipoli’. How wrong could I be? This is probably the best publication I have read on the subject...
  18. seaweed

    Home Waters (1914-1918)

    'Dawn off the Foreland - the young flood making/Jumbled and short and steep - 'Black in the hollows and bright where it's breaking -/Awkward water to sweep. '"Mines reported in the fairway,/"Warn all traffic and detain. '" 'Sent up Unity, Claribel, Assyrian, Stormcock, and Golden Gain."'...
  19. Simon - Quest Magazine

    Win a limited edition signed print from Jacqueline Hurley’s War Poppy Collection

    QUEST is delighted that Jacqueline has very kindly donated a limited edition signed print for us to give away - Click here to read more and enter
  20. Stumpy4154

    A Battle Too Far – Arras 1917

    I took this review on for two main reasons; to expand my burgeoning knowledge and interest of WW1 and to learn about a battle that I had heard of but knew virtually nothing about, so I looked forward to getting the book off Auld Yin. It arrived, and first impressions were good. A decent sized...
  21. seaweed

    After Jutland

    Rear Admiral Goldrick brings to the story insights as a seaman that no landsman could possibly achieve, and is able also to draw on his own Command experience. He is no mean researcher, as shown by his extensive references and bibliography. Consequently what we get is a truly comprehensive...
  22. seaweed

    Mr Midshipman VC

    'They were not rated too young to teach, nor reckoned unfit to guide When they formed their class on Helles' beach at the bows of the "River Clyde"' Kipling, 'The Scholars' 'You may...
  23. mercurydancer

    Treat 'em Rough

    This is a book that is a little like missing pieces in a jigsaw. Whilst being a good account of the birth of American armour, it goes beyond that in its links to the soldiers who fought the battles, and how they developed their ideas, to come to fruition in 1944. American armour is a limited...
  24. Trilby

    Decisive Victory - The Battle of the Sambre: 4 November 1918

    Dr Clayton's book describes itself as the only book solely devoted to the Battle of the Sambre, and judging by the exhaustive historiographical section and 11 page bibliography, the author should know! For those not familiar with it, this was a battle which rivalled the first day of the Somme...
  25. NSP

    Reference Image WW1 Tanks and Armoured Cars

    Reference images from the Tank Museum (as requested for upcoming WW1 group build). Trench warfare:-
  26. Auld-Yin

    The Book of the Poppy

    Every so often a book comes along that not only entertains and informs but actually makes one think. This is just such a book. This edition is a reprint of the book which had been commissioned and brought out in 2014 to commemorate the start of WW1; as we approach the 100th anniversary of its...
  27. Auld-Yin

    Victory 1918

    As the title indicates this is a photographic record of the times around November 1918. The book itself is small in size being just 7” x 7.5” inches – not quite pocket size but not normal book size. This format suits the content though so please don’t class this as a criticism. The photos...
  28. goodoldboy

    Britain and Victory in the Great War

    Overview This book is the third in a trilogy having been preceded by Britain Goes to War and Britain and the Widening War, the common theme being that each of the 20 chapters is written by a leading historian who examines how the Allied victory was achieved in the Great War. Each chapter gives...
  29. Joshua Slocum

    They Shall Not Pass

    The French Army on the Western front 1914 to 1918 To most British people the actions and endeavours of the French Army and later the Americans are little known, against our knowledge of the Somme and Flanders, so this book aims to fill this void. The Author has researched and translated a great...
  30. seaweed

    Zeebrugge 1918

    St George's Day 2018 marks the centenary of the attempt by a British force under Rear Admiral Roger Keyes to block the ports of Zeebrugge and Ostend. Britain was on the verge of starvation due to the depredations of Germany's submarines; her desperate situation called for desperate measures...
  31. seaweed

    Bayly's War

    This is four stories skilfully woventogether. The backdrop is the story of RN antisubmarine warfare inthe Western Approaches and Irish Sea during the First World War.Within this it is the biography of Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly who ranthe campaign from Queenstown (now Cobh), consolidating under his...
  32. untallguy

    The Kaiser’s First POWs

    The Kaiser’s First POWs is the first of two books by Philip Chinnery. The second, detailing escapes from German POW Camps in World War One, is yet to come. The author, the Chairman of the Ex-POW Association, describes, in this volume, how men came to be prisoners of the Germans and what their...
  33. Themanwho

    The Cambrai Campaign 1917

    In 1917 whilst much of the fighting on the western front was yet more drudgery and slaughter, for a brief time it seemed that the British Army had found the recipe to end the stalemate in an all arms assault on Cambrai. Although it was soon engulfed by the usual problems dooming it to eventual...
  34. Auld-Yin

    Victoria Crosses on the Western Front, Third Ypres 1917

    This book details the awards to 70 soldiers (and here I mean officers and other ranks) of the Victoria Cross during Third Ypres from July to November 1917. The book is an enormous source of information on the people whose bravery lead to the award and runs to over 700 pages with maps and...
  35. overopensights

    A School in Arms

    I volunteered to review this book ‘Uppingham School in the Great War’ because I had previously read Vera Britain’s ‘Testament to Youth’ which involves her association with four old pupils of the school, her letters from and to them are documented in her book, all four were killed in the war...
  36. CanteenCowboy

    First to Fight

    Of the two co-authors, Gilbert is a former USMC Artilleryman and Cansiere is a French native with an abiding (obsessive?) interest in the US Marines since his teenage years. They have previously co-authored Tanks in Hell: A Marine Corps Tank Company on Tarawa, which was awarded the General...
  37. Red Hander

    A short, dry, WW1 diary - Gallipoli

    Long story short: this diary has long been in my family. It is written on a signal pad - headed 'This book is for writing orders only, and leaves must not be torn out. It is on no account to be used for any other purpose. By Order.' This instruction has twice been ignored - once in the keeping...
  38. guzzijon

    Made In The Great War.

    Purely by chance I heard this story on the radio the other day. Basically a folk musician- Sam Sweeney- picked up what looked like a new fiddle on display at an Oxford luthier's workshop. On closer inspection he saw it was marked 1915 and Richard S. Howard. Interest piqued he bought it and...
  39. pensionpointer

    Anyone identify this from Tyne Cot?

    I did a quick walk along the edge of a field behind the car park at Tyne Cot to get a few bits of shrapnel to show a school group. This item caught my eye which was a bit bigger than I was looking for. I thought, initially, when I'd brushed away some of the mud that it was probably not anything...
  40. B

    Does anyone recognise these WW1 medals?

    So, this is a real shot in the dark but if there’s anyone out there who has any idea – or can point me in the right direction – it’s all much appreciated. My grandfather was Indian and fought in India for the British (obviously, given India was part of the Empire) during WW1. All I have to go...