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First World War: 1914: Voices From the BBC Archive
First World War: 1914: Voices From the BBC Archive

First World War: 1914: Voices From the BBC Archive

First World War: From the BBC Archive


1 Pages, 5.5 x 5

Formats: CD

CD, $19.95 (US $19.95)

Publication Date: August 2014

ISBN 9781910281239

Rights: US

BBC Books (Aug 2014)

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A unique collection of historic recordings covering events from the last days of peace to the Christmas truce, 1914. At midnight on August 4, Britain had declared war on Germany. The pacifist Bertrand Russell was shocked by the pro-war euphoria on the streets, yet young men enlisted willingly because "it would all be over by Christmas." It was not. Instead the opposing armies had become entrenched. It was the beginning of a long and bitter stalemate. In this new audio compilation, troops of the British Expeditionary Force vividly recall the exhausting retreat from Mons, the success at the Marne, and the first battle of Ypres, where the Territorials arrived in bright red London buses. For reconnaissance pilots, the battlefield was defined by blazing villages, and fields alive with German troops. Among the items which powerfully capture the mood of the time are an eyewitness account of the Kaiser's reaction to the news from Sarajevo on June 28; Margot Asquith, wife of the Prime Minister, remembering their despair at the inevitability of war; and the poignant reminiscences of civilians and soldiers.

Author Biography

Mark Jones is a former Head of the BBC Sound Archive. He has researched and produced a number of historical CDs, and in 1998 he won a SWPA Gold Award for 75 Years at the BBC, a celebration of radio broadcasting. He has previously contributed to BBC Audiobooks' Eyewitness series.