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The comparatively static nature of the front line in the west for much of the war meant that, after the first three months, most of France and Belgium was not directly in the fighting zone. But for those trapped in the areas of German occupation the war took on another meaning. Some were interned in concentration camps and others held as hostages. For the remainder, the pattern of the day was set by German time; they required passes in order to go about their daily business; family life was disrupted as women were deported as labourers; class was reversed as bourgeois families found themselves short of food and humiliated by the invaders.
The Russian army in 1914 was considerably larger than that of Germany at 5 million men against the 4.5 million of Germany. Even when the 3.35 million men of the Austro – Hungarian empire are included in the total, only war on a single front would give the Central Powers enough strength to attack Russia with any chance of success.
Author: Louise Miller
Publisher: Alma Books
Reviewed by: Elaine di Rollo
Price (RRP): £25
Do we need another book chronicling women’s experiences of the Great War? Perhaps. Are not library shelves groaning under the weight of such worthy publications? Undoubtedly.
Publisher: Icon Books
Reviewed by: Nigel Jones
Price (RRP): £25
There are two conflicting schools of thought in the historiography of how the Great War – probably the biggest disaster in human history – began.
Certain soldiers acquired a tragic posthumous celebrity by dying a matter of minutes before the ceasefire on 11th November 1918. One such was 256265 Private George Lawrence Price of the 28th North West Battalion, Second Canadian Division, who lost his wife at 10.58am in the little Belgian mining village of Ville-sur-Haine near Mons