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016: Spring 1986

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021: Winter 1987

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036: Winter 1992

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047: September 1996

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Frederick George Scott: The Great War as I Saw It

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By F G Scott £16.99 (Amazon price), 327pp, Glossary, 1 map. ISBN: 978–077–354–425–3 Review by David Filsell (This review first appeared in edition 109 of The Western Front Association magazine Stand To!)  First published in 1922, when F G Scott’s memories of war were fresh, his diaries and letters to hand, The Great War as I Saw It offers an …


Zero Hour Z Day 1st July 1916: XIII Corps Operations between Maricourt and Mametz

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By Jonathan Porter Self–published, £30.00 hardback, £25.00 soft back, 500pp, ills, photographs and maps in monochrome and colour throughout, 1 Appendix, index. ISBN: 978–099–569–110–0 Review by David Filsell   Starting a book review with superlatives is bad practice. It either indicates the work of an over impressed reviewer or, perhaps, one …


The German Army in the Offensives of 1917: Arras, the Aisne and Champagne

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By Jack Sheldon Pen and Sword 2015, £25.00, 384pp, 55 ills, 13 maps, notes and refs, 2 appendices (including selective biographical notes, bibliog, index. ISBN: 9– 781–783–463–459 Review by David Filsell This volume of Jack Sheldon’s highly–detailed series of books on the German Army in the Great War follows his usual effective model – employing…


Shell Shock – The Crisis

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By Taylor Downing Little Brown, 2016, £25.00, 399pp, 18 ills, 4 appendices, bibliog., 2 maps. ISBN: 9–781–408–706–619 Review by David Filsell Once, when asked what really interests the House of Commons, a MP is reputed to have said, ‘Buggery and badgers’. A wild simplification, yet, if one was to ask a similar question of a member of the genera…


Ypres 1914: Messines

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By Nigel Cave & Jack Sheldon Pen and Sword, Barnsley, £12.99, 214 pp ills 7 maps throughout, German Order of Battle, selected bibliog, index ISBN 178159201-2 Book review by David Filsell The actions around Messines in 1914 all too often take second place to events on and to the left of the Ypres Menin road in writing about First Ypres. Here…


‘Allies are a Tiresome Lot’: The British Army in the First World War

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By John Dillon Helion & Co Ltd, Solihull, £29.95, 221pp, 15 ills,4 maps bibliog, notes and refs, index ISBN 978-1-910777-32-9. Book Review by David Filsell This, the 12th in the ever excellent Wolverhampton Military Series, published by Helion, is another good overview of Britain’s relative poorly covered involvement the war on the Italian …


Kitchener’s New Army: Your Country Needs You

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By Edgar Wallace Book reviewe by David J Filsell Kitchener’s New Army: Your Country Needs You was republished by Amberly Publishing at £16.99 (and is now heavily discounted on line). Originally published in some six ‘episodes’ in 1915, it was the first major work on the recruitment and training of the K Divisions. Although there are newer books …


051: January 1998

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064: April 2002

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My Father's Son

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Book Review by David Filsell.  When Earl Haig died suddenly in 1928, his nine-year-old son succeeded to the title. Such was his father's standing that an immense weight of personal obligation and national expectation immediately fell upon Dawyck Haig's shoulders. This, his memoir, first drafted some thirty years ago, provides a brief but perfectly…


Forgotten Victory

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Book Review by David Filsell. Although published last year, lack of a publisher's copy has sadly long delayed the review of Gary Sheffield's Forgotten Victory in Stand To! Fortunately, apart from his 'day job' - Warfare Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course - he is well known through his regular, and effective, expositions of revision…


The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army

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Reviewed by David Filsell. In the last four years three new biographies of Douglas Haig have been published. Each, of the works helps mark the fact that the Field Marshal is being seen not as ‘butcher and bungler’ but as a figure of historical importance and deserving of sober unemotional analysis. Douglas Haig’s post-Great War reputation has fol…


Stand To! Online

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In 1982 a survey went out with Issue. No.5 of Stand To! It asked members what they were interested in. This list of ‘requests’ immediately fed into the content for the following decade and represents the exceptional broad range of material readers and researchers can enjoy. These are the items that interested readers then:  Artillery War Artist…


109: July 2017 Paschendaele Remembered

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Stand To! 1 to 109 Full Contents Listing

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Stand To! 1-109 Contents    Stand To!  1 Spring 1981 Editorial Notes (Peter T. Scott) Serving members of the Western Front Association Early Days, New Paths and Acknowledgements Inaugural Meeting: John Terraine's Address. Historian John Terraine berates those who indulge in ‘purely tragic pilgrimages to the Western Front’. The Loving Care …


Rats Alley: Trench Names of the Western Front, 1914 – 1918

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Rats Alley: Trench Names of the Western Front, 1914 – 1918 The History Press £40.00, 767pp, 25 ills,24 1 bibliog., index ISBN 978 0 7509 8055 5 Peter Chasseaud   On its first publication in 2006, what the marketing men call the ‘Unique Selling Point’ of Peter Chasseaud’s Rats Alley was simple. In listing the names over 10,000 named trenches …


Publishers, Readers and the Great War: Literature and Memory since 1918

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Publishers, Readers and the Great War: Literature and Memory since 1918 £84, Bloomsbury Academic, 272pp, 15 ills -in page -index notes and refs, bibliog. ISBN 978 1 4742 9149 1 Vincent Trot Yes. Publishers, Readers and the Great War, is an academic work. Its price is academic and unfriendly.  No doubt, sales to bejewelled libraries of universi…


African Kaiser: General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa

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African Kaiser: General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa £20, Hurst Publishing, 448pp, no ills, 3 maps, no notes or refs, select bibliog. index. ISBN 978 1 84904 867 5. Robert Gaudi I do not normally read others’ reviews of books before writing my own and, although I do not have great regard for Allan Mallinson’s works on t…