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Remembering the First World War 1914-1918.
A powerful collection of love letters shared between soldiers and their sweethearts during World War I.
On capture, British officers and men were routinely told by the Germans 'for you the war is over', but this couldn't be further from the truth. The British soldiers taken prisoner in 1914-18 - about 12% of the entire army - merely exchanged one barbed-wire battlefield for another. And it was in the Kaiser's camps, far from the blasted trenches of the 'official' war,
that the fighting spirit of the British Tommy was exemplified.
A History of the First World War in 100 Objects narrates the causes, progress and outcome of the First World War by telling the stories behind 100 items of material evidence of that cataclysmic and shattering conflict.
From weapons that created carnage to affectionate letters home and from unexpected items of trench decoration to the paintings of official war artists, the objects are as extraordinary in their diversity and story-telling power as they are devastating in their poignancy.
Bradford World War 1 Group actively researched all matters relating to the Great War on 1914-18. They are based at the
Mechanics' Institute in Bradford and its members have jointly written this book.
On Tuesday 29th July 1914 Lillie Scales heard that war was imminent.
Four years of turmoil ensued, and from her home in North London, Lillie recorded it all in the pages of her diary. By 7th August she had turned up for first aid classes along with a thousand other women. Men had rushed to enlist. By October Lillie and her husband George had offered to take in Belgian refugees and later in the war they gave a home to many ANZACs while they were on leave. As a result, Lillie's diary also holds accounts of daring escape and of Front Line action. Through her diary we hear of Zeppelin raids, rationing,
the sinking of the Lusitania, the shelling of Scarborough, and the loss of dear friends.