March 2014's Books

March 2014's Books

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The First World War in 100 Objects

Peter Doyle • £25

The First World War in 100 Objects

Objects allow us to reach out and touch the past and they play a living role in history today. Through them we can understand the experience of men and women during World War One.

In the absence of a direct connection with those people, they bear witness, on a personal level to their many individual stories.

Surviving objects from the First World War are diverse: posters and ephemera, personal mementos and military artefacts, archaeological finds and public monuments, deadly weapons and tanks, aircraft and ships. From the iconic to the intimate, objects such as, the Football of Loos, the Mk I tank, the German Pickelhaube, Canadian cap badges, the ‘Butcher’ bayonet, a trench coat, a soldier’s Christmas gift, and a death card. These objects, time capsules, mute witnesses, bring a fresh perspective to the tragedy and triumph of the ‘war to end all wars’ across the world.

In military historian Professor Peter Doyle’s lavish and fascinating book, each object is illustrated and accompanied by the story of its role within the war and its significance today. providing a visual reminder that gives us a clearer understanding of a time or event during the war and allowing us to connect directly with it.

The Family Historian’s Enquire Within

Janet Few • £12.95

Beginning research into your ancestry is at first fairly straight-forward. But with ancestors doubling with each generation as you go backwards the task becomes more difficult. It becomes necessary to know where to find the specialist information you need for your search among a bewildering number of, and often obscure, sources.

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This long-awaited new edition, now extensively revised and updated, is a standard reference for family historians. It gives clear and concise information to point them in the right direction. Arranged alphabetically, it contains more than one thousand entries that will give sources, explanations, definitions, dates, addresses, bibliographies, maps and useful websites. Look out for an article by Janet Few in the next issue of the Periodical.

Farewell to the Horses

Robert Elverstone • £12.99

Cady Hoyte, like many other young lads of his generation, proudly joined the army in 1915 From the Warwickshire town of Nuneaton, he joined the Warwickshire Yeomanry as a gunner in the Machine Gun Corps and quickly found that army life made no concessions for an eager young 19 year old. Written with humour, Cady’s diary gives a detailed account of the daily struggles and constant dangers of army life in the First World War without ever losing sight of his respect for human life.

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