By Jim Pipe
With the centenary of the outbreak of the the nice conflict coming in 2014, 'World warfare One, a truly atypical History' commemorates the occasions of the time by means of taking a look at many of the extraordinary lengths, irrespective of how dicy or strange, humans went to to shield their state. From entrance pigs to furry beasts, writer Jim Pipe seems to be on the nicknames coined on the time, whereas supplying mind-boggling lists and figures in regards to the battles, the gear used and the cruel stipulations the troops confronted. Laced all through this chronological description of the occasions best as much as and through the warfare are stories of human endeavour, charity and bold - a few frightening, a few quirky, and a few actually incredible. So make an effort to soak up the sheer scale of sacrifice, destruction and political stress that international conflict One ended in, simply because we won't be ready to ask first-hand what it was once prefer to struggle in international battle One for far longer.
About the Author
Jim Pipe studied old and sleek historical past at Oxford college and spent 10 years in publishing sooner than changing into a full-time author. He has written quite a few non-fiction books for kids, many on ancient topics. He lives in Dublin along with his spouse.
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Extra resources for World War One: A Very Peculiar History
This time it was the brave German attackers who were cut down as they charged across the open fields. Within a month, the First Battle of Ypres ground to a halt as heavy rains turned the battlefield into a mudbath and supplies of ammunition ran low. You may have heard a far-fetched story that groups of soldiers from both sides met in no man’s land and celebrated Christmas together. Amazingly, it’s true. Often these truces started with a plea to bury dead comrades lying between the trenches; one German historian claims it began after German soldiers lobbed chocolate cake at British troops instead of hand grenades.
1. To make matters worse, they were bogged down by heavy kit, including a large and rather cumbersome rifle, the 8 mm Lebel. The Russians are coming The outbreak of war led to all sorts of wild stories. One told how Russian regiments were passing through Britain on their way to fight in France. Reports poured in of landings in Scotland, troops in railway stations stamping Siberian snow off their boots, and rough fellows with beards, cigars and fur hats calling rudely for vodka or jamming slot machines with Russian coins.
Even at the best of times, it was very hard to cut by hand (some rifles were fitted with wirecutters at the end of the barrel). During an attack, soldiers often got entangled in the wire, making them easy targets for enemy fire. No wonder it was almost impossible for foot soldiers to cross no man’s land without being cut to ribbons. As a result, by the end of 1917 the trenches on the Western Front were pretty much back to where they had been three years before. Had your fill of trenches? Then let’s get back to the action.
World War One: A Very Peculiar History by Jim Pipe