50 Things You Should Know About the First World War is the perfect introduction to a tragic chapter in world history, published to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. By the time the armistice was signed on 11 November 1918, 65 million men from around the world had joined up to fight. Around 9 million of them died - many of those under the age of 30. This title explains, in chronological order, why events unfolded, who the key figures were for the Allies and the Central Powers, how devastation spread on all fronts and the impact of the war on the lives of everyone.
JIM ELDRIDGE was a teacher before becoming a full-time writer - his writing credits include episodes for the seminal children's TV drama 'Grange Hill' and the novelisation of Noel Clarke's 'Kidulthood' and '184.108.40.206.' He has also written for the My Story series for Scholastic and most recently Black Ops, a teen action series for Egmont. Jim now works as an associate lecturer in scriptwriting and media at the University of Cumbria. He lives with his wife in Cumbria.
Contents: Introduction: European Royal families & the 'Arms Race' Introduction: Balkan Wars 1914 The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand Schlieffen Plan: German Troops Enter Belgium Mons and Horses The Battle of Tannenberg Marne, and Attempts to Take Paris The Race to the Sea and Ypres Trench Systems Anglo-Indian Forces Land in Mesopotamia German Navy Attacks British Seaside Railways The Christmas Football Truce 1915 The War in Africa Japan's Involvement Life in the Trenches Poison Gases Used Guns & Artillery Gallipoli Landings The War at Sea Carrier Pigeons; Code-breakers; Radio Communication Women at War War Wounds and Medicine Home Fronts & Civilian Impact 1916 Verdun Conscription/Joining Up The Battle of Jutland The Italian Front The Somme Tanks Propaganda and Censorship 1917 America Joins the War Vimy Ridge (Canadians) Who's Who: The Allies Who's Who: The Central Powers The War in the East The Mines of Messines China Joins the War Passchendaele Russia Withdraws from the War 1918 War in the Skies Spring Offensive The Hundred Days Kaiser Flees and Abdicates The Armistice The Surrender of the Last German forces in Africa Allies Take Palestine and Defeat Ottoman Empire The Treaty of Versailles After-effects of War Remembering the Fallen Glossary Index