The First World War was the defining event of the last century. It claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe and had an enormous impact on all who experienced it. No nation in Europe was left untouched, and even neutral states felt its devastating impact. Yet it was the ordinary men and women who were affected the most. This gripping, revealing and poignant collection of stories tells the First World War from the perspective of those who were there, using letters, diaries and memoirs from IWM's unparalled archives.
Anthony Richards is the Head of Documents and Sound at IWM. Since 1995 he has worked on the diaries, letters and memoirs in the museum's care and is responsible for its extensive collection of personal testimony in both written and audio form. He has contributed to many publishing projects.
Chapter 1 - Rosie, Outbreak of War 1914Chapter 2 - Hugh, Gallipoli 1915Chapter 3 - Eric, Battle of Loos 1915Chapter 4 - Herbert, Captivity and EscapeChapter 5 - Fred, Conscientious ObjectionChapter 6 - Kit, Battle of Jutland 1916Chapter 7 - Lawrence, Battle of the Somme 1916Chapter 8 - Bobby, War Work and the Home FrontChapter 9 - Bert, Third Battle of Ypres 1917Chapter 10 - Gilbert, German Spring Offensive 1918Chapter 11 - Arthur, Armistice 1918