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Best Little Stories from World War I

ISBN: 9781402293436

By: C. Brian Kelly

Published: 10/07/2014

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Description

Behind the tangled alliances, feuding royals, and deadly battles are the nearly 100 riveting true stories of the men and women who lived, fought, and survived the first Great War. Based on the writings of soldiers, politicians, kings, nurses, and military leaders, Best Little Stories from World War I humanizes their foibles, triumphs, and tragedies—and chronicles how the emergence of fervent national pride led not only to ruthless combat, but a critical turning point in the twentieth century.

Fascinating characters come to life, including:

Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnavon, who turned her husband's Highclere Castle into a luxurious military hospital for British officers (and inspired the hit television show Downton Abbey).

Otto Roosen, the high-flying German reconnaissance pilot, who was shot down not only one but twice—first by the Canadian ace Billy Bishop and then by a fellow German—and survived.

Arthur Guy Empey, the American who volunteered for the British Army after the sinking of the Lusitania, then wrote a bestselling memoir about life in the muddy trenches of the western front.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction
Portents
1914
Seven in Wait
Lady Almina
English Ties, German Ties
Ambassador’s Wink
First Man Down
Bogus Soldier
First or Third World War?
Saved by Nun’s Bed
Cavalry Fight
Louvain Sacked
Churchill Happily at Work
Machine-Gun Man
1915
Deplorable “First”
Running Amok
In Flanders Fields
Ill-Fated Turn
Love among Leaders
First Friend Lost
Quiet Withdrawal
“Die” Was His Order
Epic Retreat
1916
Fryatt’s Unfair Fate
Fighting Prince
Four Miles Up
Fourth Man Behind
Horses
Lost at Sea
Jacka’s Mob
Tolkien’s “Dragons”
Horse Named Jezebel
Not So Safe After All
Lively Pigs
Up Close and Personal
1917
“Titanics” at War
Sergeant Stubby
Lenin’s Sealed Train
Escapees
Aboard the Laconia
No Return Mission
Hungry Stares
Sojourn on “Plug Street”
Messenger Man
1918
Captain Harry
General Who Said No
May Have Killed a Man
Greatest Dogfight
Shower of Silver Stars
Eager Captives
Treating Patton’s Wound
Fighting Poet
Battlefield Confrontation
Room 40
Aviators Galore
Father Duffy
Pigeon to the Rescue
1919 and Beyond
Fighting Slacker
Hero’s Sad Fate
Looked Dead
Storied Anastasia
A’going, A’went
Flora, Serb Soldier
Storyteller
Questionable Start
Last Man Alive
Royal Couples by Ingrid Smyer
George and Mary
Wilhelm and Augusta
Nicholas and Alexandra
War Over
Great Battles of World War I
Other Landmark Events of the War
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
About the Authors

Excerpt

Introduction

“WE ALL DRIFT ON IN a sort of dull cataleptic trance.” Winston Churchill said it. The nations of Europe did it. Drift into war, that is, the worst in the hist

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Specs

Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 0.00 oz
Page Count: 304 pages

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