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The First World War Retold

Though the Imperial War Museum in London is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and residents in all of the city, few people realize that it was founded in the midst of World War I. As realization of the scale, and the costs, of the war grew, the War Cabinet approved a proposal to create a national war museum to collect and display artifacts that would tell the story of the war as experienced by soldier and civilian alike—and, in particular, would testify to the sacrifices the war demanded.

​A century later, IWM continues to fulfill that role it has held since its founding in 1917. And now, with centennial commemorations of World War I well underway, the time is right for a fresh new look at that war as well. Paul Cornish provides it here with an accessible, richly illustrated account of the war from start to finish. Building the story around IWM’s collections, the book presents events as they happened through quotations from diaries, letters, oral histories, and more; those accounts are amplified by images of countless objects from the war, from items that would have been in a soldier’s kit to paintings created by war artists. Emotive, painful, and surprisingly immediate, this account of the experience, and losses, of World War I will introduce a new generation to this landmark conflict.

256 pages | 250 color plates | 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2017

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"The book examines the Great War from its causes through its aftermath, and the concise text is well-illustrated with both black and white period photographs and color images of the various artifacts that the IWM has been able to collect over the past century....For those who are interested in the Great War, the First World War Retold offers a concise and well-illustrated look at the conflict that swept away the old political and social order but unfortunately set the stage for an even more deadly conflict a generation later. The book is highly recommended, and reading it will probably convince some that they must journey to London to see the new IWM First World War Galleries that author Cornish helped to create."

Journal of America's Military Past

Table of Contents

Foreword by HRH The Duke of Cambridge
Introduction by Sir Hew Strachan

Chapter One Hope and Glory
Chapter Two Shock
Chapter Three Your Country Needs You
Chapter Four Deadlock
Chapter Five World War
Chapter Six Feeding the Front
Chapter Seven Total War
Chapter Eight At All Costs
Chapter Nine Life at the Front
Chapter Ten Machines Against Men
Chapter Eleven Breaking Down
Chapter Twelve Seizing Victory
Chapter Thirteen War without End

Further Reading
Picture Credits

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