Facing Armageddon

The First World War Experienced edited by Hugh Cecil & Peter Liddle

This colossal tome was first published in 1996 by Leo Cooper before Pen & Sword released this version in late 2016. By using a very small font, which will not please everyone, Pen & Sword have managed to keep this book down to a manageable 938 pages! A book that will keep you going for a number of holidays, Facing Armageddon has been broken down into a dozen sections which contain a total of 61 chapters. These chapters have been produced by 64 contributors who hail from around the world. The sections cover the conflict from a number of very interesting angles which are not normally associated with the Great War such as; Responsibility and Stress, National and Unit Identity (from all nations), Soldier Moral, Medicine and Experience, Rebels and Dissenters, Propagandists and the Audiences and The Arts and Post War Reflections – a diverse range of subjects indeed.     


From the back cover:-

‘Facing Armageddon is a classic in the field of war studies: it explores in depth the real experiences of participants in the First World War across the globe. In this collection sixty-four scholars from different countries, including the USA and Russia, as well as Europe, describe the experiences of civilians and servicemen and women on land, at sea and in the air.

This pioneering work is as important today as it was when the book was first published, two decades ago. It gives us a vision of how the First World War fundamentally shaped the whole of the twentieth century. The Second World War and the Cold War were among its direct, long-term consequences. Without an understanding of the Great War's effects both on individuals, their families and societies as a whole we cannot fully comprehend the nature of our modern world.

Facing Armageddon, lucidly written and vividly illustrated, has universal appeal, for specialists and general readers, students and scholars alike.’


If you really want to learn about the nitty gritty of early ‘modern’ warfare and the effects of it on both the military and civilian population, Facing Armageddon is a must. Highly recommended and thanks to Charlie at Pen & Sword for our review copy.  


ISBN: 978-1783461691

Price: £16.99

Pages: 938

Format: softback – 130mm x 198mm

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military

Website: www.pen-and-sword.co.uk