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Bibiliography of Great War Books

Yes, I read all these books and many more related to other aspects of the era. These are all concerned with the war. I've also included a few fictional books, some written by people who had lived during that time, and some by modern authors.


Berton, Pierre. Vimy. McClelland & Stewart, 1986

Brophy, John & Eric Partridge. Songs and Slang of the British Soldier: 1914-1918. Eric Partridge Ltd. 1930

Brown, Angus & Richard Gimblett. In the Footsteps of the Canadian Corps: Canada's First World War 1914-1918. Magic Light Publishing, 2006

Canada in the Great World War: An Authentic Account of the Military History of Canada From the Earliest Days to the Close of the War of the Nations, V. 2, 3, 5, & 6. United Publishers of Canada Ltd., 1921

Christie, Norm, M. For King and Empire: the Canadians at Vimy, April 1917. Bunker to Bunker Books, 1996

Coombs, Rose E.B., MBE. Before Endeavours Fade: A Guide to the Battlefields of the First World War. An After The Battle Publication, 1983

Cowley, Robert, ed. The Great War: Perspectives on the First World War. Random House, 2003

Disciplinary Policy in Canadian Services 1914-1946. Army Headquarters Historical Report 91, 1960

Ellis, John. Eye-Deep in Hell: Trench Warfare in World War 1. Pantheon Books,1976

Groom, Winston. A Storm in Flanders. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2002

Gwyn, Sandra. Tapestry of War. Harper Canada. 1992

Hayes, Geoffrey, et al. Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment. Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2007

Jackson, Robert. Prisoners, 1914-18. Routledge, 1989

Lauriat Jr., Charles E. The Lusitania's Last Voyage. Houghton Mifflin Co. 1915

Macintyre, Lt. Col. D.E. Canada at Vimy. Peter Martin Associates, 1967

Morton, Desmond & J.L Granatstein. Marching to Armageddon: Canadians and The Great War 1914-1919. Lester & Orpen Dennys. 1989

Morton, Desmond. Silent Battle : Canadian Prisoners of War in Germany, 1914-1919. Lester Publishing, 1992

Morton, Desmond. When Your Number's Up: The Canadian Soldier in the First World War. Random House, 1993

Nicholson, Col. G. W. L. Canadian Expeditionary Force - 1914-1919: Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War. Queen's Printer, 1982

Pound, Reginald. The Lost Generation. Constable, 1964

Preston, Diana. Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy. Walker & Co., 2002

Read, Daphne, ed. The Great War and Canadian Society: An Oral History. New Hogtown Press, 1978

Ritchie, Andrew R. Watchdog: A History of the Canadian Provost Corps. The Canadian Provost Corps Association, 1995

Wilson, Barbara M., ed. Ontario and the First World War, 1914-1918 : a Collection of Documents. The Champlain Society, 1977

Woodward, Sir Llewellyn. Great Britain and the War of 1914-1918. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1967

Women in WW1:

Adie, Kate. Corsets to Camouflage: Women and War. Hodder & Stoughton, 2003

Condell, Diana & Jean Liddiard. Working for Victory, Images of Women in the First World War, 1914-18. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987

Cook, Sharon Anne, et. al, eds. Framing Our Past: Canadian Women's History in the Twentieth Century. McGill University Press, 2001

Fraser, Helen. Women and War Work. G. Arnold Shaw. 1918

Lee, Janet. War Girls: the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry in the First World War. Manchester University Press, 2005

Macdonald, Lyn. The Roses of No Man's Land. Penguin, 1980, 1993

Ouditt, Sharon. Fighting Forces, Writing Women: Identity and Ideology in the First World War. Routledge, 1994.

Quiney, Linda J. "Assistant Angels: Canadian Women as Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurses During and After the Great War, 1914-1930" (Ph.D. diss., University of Ottawa, 2002)

Quiney, Linda J. "'Bravely and Loyally They Answered the Call': St. John Ambulance, the Red Cross, and the Patriotic Service of Canadian Women During the Great War1". (Paper, History of Intellectual Culture, 2005)

Ward, Irene. F.A.N.Y. Invicta. Hutchinson. 1955

Military Medical:

Boyd, William. With a Field Ambulance at Ypres. The Musson Book Co.,1916

Cameron, Kenneth. History of No.1 General Hospital, Canadian Expeditionary Force: 1914-1919. The Tribune Press, 1938

Cantlie, Colonel Sir James. First Aid to the Injured. St. John Ambulance Association, 1917

Fetherstonhaugh, R.C. ed. No. 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill) 1914-1919. Gazette Printing Co., 1928

Hansen, Arlen J. Gentlemen Volunteers : the story of the American ambulance drivers in the Great War, August 1914-September 1918. Arcade Publishing, 1996

Kruger, Katherine Jane. Shell Shock: The first world war and the modernization of psychiatry in Canada. University of Guelph, Masters Thesis, 2006

McPhail, Sir Andrew. The Medical Services: Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War, 1914-1919. Ottawa, 1925

Norris, Marjorie Barron, ed. Medicine and Duty: The World War 1 Memoir of Captain Harold W. McGill, Medical Officer, 31st Battalion C.E.F. University of Calgary Press, 2007

Noyes, Frederick Walter. Stretcher the double!: history of the Fifth Canadian field ambulance which served overseas during the great war of 1914-1918

Pirie, Alexander Howard. No. 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill) in France. Hood & Co., 1918

Smith, Grafton Elliot and Tom Hatherly Pear. Shell Shock and Its Lessons. Manchester University Press, 1917

Southard, Elmer E. Shell-Shock and other Neuropsychiatric Problems. Arno Press, 1973


Bishop, Major William. Winged Warfare. George H. Doran CO., 1918

Bishop, William Arthur. The Courage of Early Morning: The Story of Billy Bishop. McClelland & Stewart, 1965

Bowyer, Chaz. Airmen of World War 1. Arms and Armour Press, 1975

Bowyer, Chaz. History of the RAF. Hamlyn, 1977

Fredette, Major Raymond. The Sky on Fire: The first Battle of Britain 1917-1918 and the Birth of the Royal Air Force. Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1966

Grahame-White, Claude. Aircraft in The Great War. T. Fisher Unwin, 1915

Greenhous, Brereton. The Making of Billy Bishop. Dundurn Press, 2002

Greenhous, Brereton. The Rattle of Pebbles: The First World War Diaries of two Canadian Airmen. Canadian Government Publishing Centre, 1987

Grinnell-Milne, Duncan. Wind in the Wires. Arno Press, 1980

Lawson, Eric & Jane. The First Air Campaign: August 1914 - November 1918. Combined Books, 1996

Lewis, Cecil. Sagittarius Rising. Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1936

Lewis, Cecil. Farewell to Wings. Arno Press, 1980

McKee, Alexander. The Friendless Sky: The Story of Air Combat in World War 1. Souvenir Press, 1962

Paris, Michael. Winged Warfare. Manchester University Press, 1992

Phelan, Joseph. Aeroplanes and Flyers of the First World War. Grosset & Dunlap, 1973

Winchester, Jim. A Chronology of Aviation. Grange Books, 2007

The Home Front:

Beckett, Ian. Home Front 1914-1918: How Britain Survived the Great War. The National Archives, 2006

Johnson, Niall. Britain and the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic: A Dark Epilogue. Routledge, 2006

Kitz, Janet F. Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion and the Road to Recovery. Nimbus Publishing Ltd., 1989

MacDonald, Laura M. Curse of the Narrows. Walker and Co., 2005

Report of the Work of the Military Hospitals Commission. May 1917

Van Emden, Richard & Steve Humphries. All Quiet on the Home Front. Headline, 2003

WW1 Fiction of the Era

Harrison, Charles Yale. Generals Die in Bed: A Story from the Trenches. Annick Press, 2002 (originally published in 1928)

Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell To Arms. Scribner, 1957 (orig. 1929)

Rathbone, Irene. We That Were Young. The Feminist Press, 1989 (orig. 1932)

Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front. Ballantine., 1928

Sassoon, Siegfried. Memoirs of an Infantry Officer. Faber & Faber, 1930

Smith, Helen Zenna. Not So Quiet… Stepdaughters of War. The Feminist Press. 1989 (orig. 1930)

West, Rebecca. The Return of the Soldier. Dover 2002. (orig. 1918)

Yeates, V.M. Winged Victory. Grub Street, 2005 (orig. 1934)

Biographies, Diaries, Memoirs:

Arthur, Max. Forgotten Voices of the Great War. The Lyons Press, 2002

Beauchamp, Pat. Fanny Goes To War: An Englishwoman in The F.A.N.Y. Corps. Diggory Press, 2005 (orig. pub. 1919)

Bird, Will R. Ghosts Have Warm Hands. Clarke, Irwin & Co., 1968

Brittain, Vera. Testament of Youth. MacMillan Co, 1933

Chester, Lewis, & Jonathan Fenby. The Fall of the House of Beaverbrook. Andre Deutsch. 1979

Cooper, Lady Diana. The Rainbow Comes and Goes. Rupert Hart-Davis, 1958.

Craig, Grace Morris. But this is Our War. University of Toronto Press. 1981

Cushing, Harvey. From A Surgeon's Journal 1915-1918. McClelland & Stewart, 1936

Driberg, Tom. Beaverbrook: A Study in Power and Frustration. Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1956

Fleming, R.B. ed. The Wartime Letters of Leslie and Cecil Frost 1915-1919. Wilfred Laurier Press, 2007

Graves, Diane. A Crown of Life: The World of John McCrae. Vanwell Publishing, 1997

Graves, Robert. Goodbye To All That: An Autobiography. Jonathan Cape, 1929

Guiou, Norman Miles. Transfusion: A Canadian Surgeon's Story in War and Peace. Stoneycroft Publishing, 1985

Hibbard, Dominic. Wilfred Owen. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2002

Ogilvie, William G. Umty-Iddy-Umty: the Story of a Canadian Signaller in the First World War. Boston Mills Press, 1982

Reid, Gordon. Poor Bloody Murder: Personal Memoirs of the First World War. Mosaic Press, 1980

Rhondda, the Vicountess (Margaret Haig). This Was My World. Macmillan & Co. 1933

Romkey, Bill & Bert Riggs, ed. Your Daughter Fanny: the War Letters of Frances Cluett, VAD. Flanker Press, 2006

Thornton, Martin, ed. Nancy Astor's Canadian Correspondence, 1912-1262. Edwin Mellen Press, 1997

Von Richthofen, Manfred Freiherr. The Red Air Fighter. (translation of Der Rote Kampfflieger, 1917) Arno Press, 1972

Walton, Charles H.A. Medical Odyssey: Vignettes of People and Events at Home and Abroad. The Winnipeg Clinic, 1980

Wills, Gerald Berkeley, F.R.I.B.A. M.C. Personal Narrative. (family publication)

Wood, Alan. The True History of Lord Beaverbrook. Heinemann, 1965

WW1 Fiction by Modern Writers

Barker, Pat. Regeneration. Penguin, 1991 (Book 1 of the "Regeneration Trilogy")

Barker, Pat. The Eye in the Door. Penguin, 1993 (Book 2 of the "Regeneration Trilogy")

Barker, Pat. The Ghost Road. Penguin, 1995 (Book 3 of the "Regeneration Trilogy")

Barry, Sebastian. A Long Long Way. Faber & Faber, 2005

Boyden, Joseph. Three Day Road. Penguin, 2005

Faulks, Sebastian. Birdsong. Vintage, 1993

Findley, Timothy. The Wars. Penguin, 1977

Robinson, Derek. War Story. Cassell Military Paperbacks, 1987

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