"This book examines the first- and second-hand experience of the First World War and how it changed standard English, adding words that were in both slang and standard military use, and modifying the usage and connotations of existing words and phrases. Several words became associated specifically with the propaganda or official language of the war, some were adopted as a result of operations in parts of the world far from Flanders, and some had only a short life as part of English. In contextualising and tracing the history of what these words meant to the men in the trenches, the book presents the effect the war had on the English language"--Pref.
In every Conflict there are unsung heroes, those who go beyond the call of duty but go unrewarded. All wars produce tales that fascinate the young and horrify the old, our duty is to remember the truth of those who fought. The Great War was such that it is littered with tales of bravery beyond that which can be expected, there are also those who were executed for cowardice because they suffered from Shell Shock now known as PTSD. This collection is a simple recognition from one Old Soldier to many, many others
The handsomely illustrated Trench Talk Trench Life will give readers insight about the drastic living circumstances of characters Tommy Atkins, Poilu, and Doughboy, respectively the foot soldiers of Britain, France, and the United States This boots-on-the ground guide provides a unique introduction to life on the Western Front during World War I. Readers will learn the meaning behind the long lost wartime language of these soldiers, with such words and phrases as: Black Hand Gang, Ace, Crummy, Barker, and Dud.
Der Erste Weltkrieg sprengte alles, was sich die Welt vor 1914 hatte vorstellen können. Er wirkte wie die Büchse der Pandora – jenes mythische Schreckensgefäß, aus dem alle Übel der Welt entwichen, als man gegen den Rat der Götter seinen Deckel hob. Jörn Leonhard erzählt die Geschichte des Krieges so vielschichtig wie nie zuvor. Er führt den Leser auf vergessene Schlachtfelder und versetzt ihn abwechselnd in die Hauptstädte aller beteiligten Staaten. So entfaltet dieses Buch ein beeindruckendes Panorama. Es zeigt, wie die Welt in den Krieg hineinging und wie sie aus ihm als eine völlig andere wieder herauskam. Es nimmt nicht nur die Staaten und Nationen in den Blick, sondern auch die Imperien in Europa und weit darüber hinaus. Es beschreibt die dynamische Veränderung der Handlungsspielräume, die rasanten militärischen Entwicklungen und die immer rascheren Wandlungen der Kriegsgesellschaften. Und es lässt die Erfahrungen ganz unterschiedlicher Zeitgenossen wieder lebendig werden: von Militärs, Politikern und Schriftstellern, Männern und Frauen, Soldaten und Arbeitern. Jörn Leonhard ist eine zeitgemäße und moderne Geschichte des Ersten Weltkriegs gelungen, die es so bisher noch nicht gegeben hat: europäisch vergleichend, global in der Perspektive, souverän in der Darstellung.
From the homegrown "boodle" of the 19th century to current "misunderstandistan" in the Middle East, America's foremost expert on slang reveals military lingo at its most colorful, innovative, brutal, and ironic. Author Paul Dickson introduces some of the "new words and phrases born of conflict, boredom, good humor, bad food, new technology, and the pure horror of war." This newly updated reference extends to the post-9/11 world and the American military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recommended by William Safire in his "On Language" column of The New York Times, it features dictionary-style entries, arranged chronologically by conflict, with helpful introductions to each section and an index for convenient reference. "Paul Dickson is a national treasure who deserves a wide audience," declared Library Journal. The author of more than 50 books, Dickson has written extensively on language. This expanded edition of War Slang features new material by journalist Ben Lando, Iraq Bureau Chief for Iraq Oil Report and a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and Time. It serves language lovers and military historians alike by adding an eloquent new dimension to our understanding of war.
Through the first comprehensive investigation and analysis of the English language trench periodicals of the First World War, The Soldiers' Press presents a cultural interpretation of the means and methods through which consent was negotiated between the trenches and the home front.
A history of the First World War told through the letters exchanged by ordinary British soldiers and their families.??Letters from the Trenches reveals how people really thought and felt during the conflict and covers all social classes and groups Ð from officers to conscripts and women at home to conscientious objectors.??Voices within the book include Sergeant John Adams, 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers, who wrote in May 1917:'For the day we get our letter from home is a red Letter day in the history of the soldier out here. It is the only way we can hear what is going on. The slender thread between us and the homeland.'??Private Stanley Goodhead, who served with one of the Manchester Pals battalion, wrote home in 1916: 'I came out of the trenches last night after being in 4 days. You have no idea what 4 days in the trenches means...The whole time I was in I had only about 2 hours sleep and that was in snatches on the firing step. What dugouts there are, are flooded with mud and water up to the knees and the rats hold swimming galas in them...We are literally caked with brown mud and it is in all?our food, tea etc.'??Jacqueline Wadsworth skilfully uses these letters to tell the human story of the First World War Ð what mattered to Britain's servicemen and their feelings about the war; how the conflict changed people; and how life continued on the Home Front.
The Gates of Heaven begins the day after war has been declared. With war fever raging, Giles Blakeney sets about forming the Vale of Eden Yeomanry. Daniel Bloom and his friends enlist in a Pals Battalion. Teddie and Clemmie begin nursing and Lady Mae turns Edenhall into a convalescent home. Will is in France looking for runaway, Sidonie. She does not wish to be found but finds salvation in an unusual way. Teddie loves Sigi but with anti-German feelings high, all must be hidden. Hugo is in France with the BEF, followed by the Blakeney boys and Daniel Bloom. The German cousins, Sigi and Hansie, already soldiers are in France too. Teddie and Clemmie go to France to nurse as battles take their toll. Sidonie's problems seem insoluble and, she alienates those who try to help her.The war ends and the survivors gather at Edenhall. Can Edenhall work its magic? Teddie wants only to turn the clock back to the summer of 1914 before the gates of heaven opened wide for the stream of humanity passing through.
This captivating collection of first-hand accounts brings to life the "War to End All Wars." * Twelve essays by international scholars explain the myriad ways in which different groups experienced World War I * A set of "unique perspectives" describes the experiences of smaller groups, including shock troops and victims of gas attacks * Each essay begins with a historical overview that provides context for the experiences of individuals * A detailed chronology marks key events during the war including the sinking of the Lusitania, the Ottoman extermination of Armenians, and the murder of Rasputin * Each essay includes an extensive bibliography emphasizing works in social history and listing additional resources for further exploration
A collection of twelve fantastic, true stories about war in the air and on land during World War I – including the growing importance of aeroplanes in the war, German bombing raids, the terror of the zeppelins, life in the trenches, the tragedy of Gallipoli and a daring escape from a prisoner of war camp during WWI. Each story is preceded by an introduction that gives the story its place in history and is followed by brilliant fighting facts. Packed with maps, illustrations and black and white photographs, this is an incredible collection of stories about the First World War.
Survivor on the River Kwai is the heartbreaking story of Reg Twigg, one of the last men standing from a forgotten war. Called up in 1940, Reg expected to be fighting Germans. Instead, he found himself caught up in the worst military defeat in modern British history - the fall of Singapore to the Japanese. What followed were three years of hell, moving from one camp to another along the Kwai river, building the infamous Burma railway for the all-conquering Japanese Imperial Army. Some prisoners coped with the endless brutality of the code of Bushido by turning to God; others clung to whatever was left of the regimental structure. Reg made the deadly jungle, with its malaria, cholera, swollen rivers, lethal snakes and exhausting heat, work for him. With an ingenuity that is astonishing, he trapped and ate lizards, harvested pumpkins from the canteen rubbish heap and with his homemade razor became camp barber. That Reg survived is testimony to his own courage and determination, his will to beat the alien brutality of camp guards who had nothing but contempt for him and his fellow POWs. He was a risk taker whose survival strategies sometimes bordered on genius. Reg's story is unique. Reg Twigg was born at Wigston (Leicester) barracks on 16 December 1913. He was called up to the Leicestershire Regiment in 1940 but instead of fighting Hitler he was sent to the Far East, stationed at Singapore. When captured by the Japanese, he decided he would do everything to survive. After his repatriation from the Far East, Reg returned to Leicester. With his family he returned to Thailand in 2006, and revisited the sites of the POW camps. Reg died in 2013, at the age of ninety-nine, two weeks before the publication of this book.
Ab 9. August im Kino! Im Marianengraben südwestlich von Burma hat »Carcharodon megalodon« überlebt - MEG, ein Vorfahre des weißen Hais und eines der gefährlichsten Raubtiere, das je existierte. Der Herrscher der Meere, eine Killermaschine. Jonas Taylor, ein berühmter Tiefseeforscher, ahnt es. Auf einer Tauchstation in ozeanischen Tiefen stellt sich heraus, wie recht er hat. MEG gelingt es, in die oberen Wasserschichten aufzusteigen, wo der gigantische Hai fortan sein Unwesen treibt. Die Jagd beginnt - und dieses Mal ist der Mensch das Opfer ...
Vols. 1-53 contain papers submitted at the annual meetings in 1921-1967.