To get further in the journey of learning military history I plan to read a few books to get general overviews of recent wars. Starting from World War One to the present day. I may study older periods but there’s enough to keep me busy for a long time. Then after the general idea has been stored in my swede I can delve deeper and really find some stories and accounts that can help me find out more.
World War One is one of the wars where I know the gist of what happened but still haven’t touched on it or read about it since I was at school (20 years ago) so I wanted to find a book to give the outline to clear the cobwebs.
I came across World War One by Henry Freeman when flicking through the Kindle App and trying to find something to read with my Kindle Unlimited membership. The book was not listed as a deep, thorough history of the war. The sticker on the cover of kindle book claimed “1 hour history” so it sounded perfect.
Is It Decent?
It was. But only for me. It is a very basic book. Major battles, technology and weapons, tactics and strategies are NOT covered in this book. It’s basic.
You get a paragraph or two for most major battles. Just the main points and then it moves on to the next points. It’s a timeline of events but it cleared the cobwebs that have been sitting in my brain for the last 20 years. To be reminded of how the Eastern Front broke down, when the Battle of the Somme and the Battles of Ypres occurred and all the major events from the war was a relief without having to dig too deep and sit and make notes.
I touched on the book when I had a spare few minutes and it done the job.
If you’re after a book to do this sort of thing for you then grab World War One. It’s free on kindle app so you it won’t cost you anything. If you know the basics of the war and want to delve deeper then stay away from it. You’ll see it as a pointless read.
I have more books regarding World War One that will give the deeper picture. I will cover those in more detail when I start working through them. For now it’s still touching on the many battles that make up British military history.