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Anyone know any good WW1 books?
Just trying to do a bit of reading, and was wondering if anyone knew of any good historical fiction books set during the war. I've read most of the nonfiction ones in the library, and am just trying to get my hands on something a bit different. Thanks guys!
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All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.
Evan Feb 9 @ 12:25pm 
Originally posted by Murdertheinacents:
All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.
Great book. Also a movie if you finish reading it.
The follow up to All Quiet called "The Road Back" is also good.
I've read All Quiet, but haven't heard of The Road Back. Thanks guys!
"The Storm of Steel" by Ernst Junger. Phenomenal read.
Hervey Allen later wrote popular novels like "Anthony Adverse," but he did serve as a wounded front-line soldier in WW1.

"Toward the Flame" is his recollection of the hectic times he experienced as an American junior officer near Fismette in 1918. Allen was lucky to survive and the work is not fiction. It is almost like a diary, with lots of nothing going on until things progress from intense to very intense.

Since you appear interested in fiction, have you read "Johnny Got His Gun" by Dalton Trumbo? It was published in 1938.
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Meggiddo's Shadow by Arthur Slade is a good book that delves into the final days of the war against the Ottomans.

And in the Morning is by John Wilson is also a good read

Private Peaceful and Warhorse by Michael Morpurgo are rather popular and are suitable to teens and young adults.

Regeneration by Pat Barker is a very good read and deals with the psychological aspects of the war.

If you like the more macabre literature The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgewick may be a good read, it centers on a young lady who can see into the future and in a dream she witnesses her surviving brother being mortally wounded at Delville Wood.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who wrote about the Gulag Archipelago also dabbled in Great War liteerature about the eastern front



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1149607.Megiddo_s_Shadow

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2284419.And_in_the_Morning

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_Peaceful

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regeneration_(novel)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/803177.The_Foreshadowing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Solzhenitsyn




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"World War 1: The African Front", does a great job describing mostly the East African theater of the war and its effects on East Africa as well as Europe in its colonizing endeavors.
acur1231 Feb 11 @ 2:12am 
No Empty Chairs for the RFC.
Not a book, but a board game, featuring abstracted battles actually fought: The Great War by PSC Games. The 2nd printing recently released, called Centenary Edition. Additionally there a Tank Expansion, as well as The French Army Expansion, which I highly recommend as it includes additional units for the base game's British and German forces. More certainly to come!

http://www.pscgames.co.uk/portfolio-item/thegreatwar4/
not a book but cool...Indiana Neidell The Great War on youtube...walks you through the war week by week. plenty of extra stuff like AR Arsonel look at the guns and Bios of people...
I think they even have this game and the creators in an episode...

Other than that Dan Carlin has a podcast on it..if books are not your thing and you like to listen at work...he really has a way of making it feel real. good story teller

'The Friendless sky' by Alexander Mckee ' is a great starting place if your interested in a well written non biased overview of WW1 aerial warfare.

And since you mention fiction then the early 'Biggles' stories by Capt W. E. Johns are all set in WW1 and based on his experiences as a pilot.
Frosty Feb 13 @ 8:14am 
'Poilu' by Louis Barthas, about a French soldiers account of WW1 and honestly was a book that was hard to put down. Louis Barthas was politically active and describes his lack of interest in the war, as well as the horrors of how careless officers were of humans lives.
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