History of the World War by Richard J. Beamish

Author: Richard J. Beamish
Co-author: Francis A. Marsh
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 236,594 / 726 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 39.1
LoC Category: D

Downloads: 2,952
Added to site: 2006.08.07
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Genres: War, History

serving a machine gun. But the lads from Berkshire made their way into that trench and bayoneted the Germans where they stood, fighting to the last. The Lincolns, against desperate resistance, eventually occupied their section of the trench and then waited for the Irishmen and the Rifle Brigade to come and take the village ahead of them. Meanwhile the second Thirty-ninth Garhwalis on the right had taken their trenches with a rush and were away towards the village and the Biez Wood.

“Things had moved so fast that by the time the troops were ready to advance against the village the artillery had not finished its work. So, while the Lincolns and the Berks assembled the prisoners who were trooping out of the trenches in all directions, the infantry on whom devolved the honor of capturing the village, waited. One saw them standing out in the open, laughing and cracking jokes amid the terrific din made by the huge howitzer shells screeching overhead and bursting in the village, the rattle of machine guns all along the line, and the popping of rifles. Over to the right where the Garhwalis had been working with the bayonet, men were shouting hoarsely and wounded were groaning as the stretcher-bearers, all heedless of bullets, moved swiftly to and fro over the shell-torn ground.

“There was bloody work in the village of Neuve Chapelle. The capture of a place at the bay

Home Fires in France by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

A historical novel based upon experiences with the french people before and during The Great War.

Author: Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 81,230 / 234 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.7
LoC Category: PZ

Downloads: 375
Added to site: 2011.09.30
mnybks.net#: 30827
Origin: gutenberg.org

Genres: Fiction and Literature, History, War

all for the children to play with, but that they form a serious part of the activities of every country family in the region, supplying for many people the only meat they ever eat beyond the very occasional fowl in the pot for a fete-day. They take the place, as far as I could see, of the American farm family’s hog, and are to my mind a great improvement on him. Their flesh is much better food than the hog’s, and since the animal is so small and so prolific, he provides a steady succession all the year round of fresh meat, palatable and savory, not smoked and salted into indigestibility like most of our country pork. In addition, he costs practically nothing to raise. This is, under the usual conditions of the French countryside, almost literally true. They are given those scraps from the kitchen and garden which hens will not touch, the potato and vegetable parings, the carrot-tops, the pea-vines after they have stopped bearing, the outer leaves of the cabbages, and, above all, herbage of all sorts which oth

The Sword of Deborah by F. Tennyson Jesse

Author: F. Tennyson Jesse
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 27,697 / 83 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.6
LoC Categories: UA, HQ

Downloads: 570
Added to site: 2010.10.25
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Origin: gutenberg.org

Genres: Women’s Studies, War, History

They are secret charts, the figures on which, if a man is shown them, he must never disclose, and those figures, when you read them, bring a contraction at once of pity and of pride to the heart. For, on these great charts, that are mapped out into squares and look exactly like temperature charts at a hospital, are drawn curves, like the curves that show the fever of a patient. Up in jagged mountains, down into merciful valleys, goes the line, and at every point there is a number, and that number is the number of the wounded who were brought down from the trenches on such a day. Here, on these charts, is a complete record, in curves, of the rate of the war. Every peak is an offensive, every valley a comparative lull.

Sheet after sheet, all with those carefully-drawn numbered curves zigzagging across them, all showing the very temperature of War….

With this difference–that on these sheets there is no “normal.” War is abnormal, and there is not a point of these charts where, when the line touch

History of the Wars, Books I and II by Procopius

Author: Procopius (Procopius of Caesarea)
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 93,998 / 274 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.6
LoC Category: D
Series: History of the Wars

Downloads: 1,843
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Genres: History, War

ver stands in the way, shield and corselet alike having no power to check its force. Still there are those who take into consideration none of these things, who reverence and worship the ancient times, and give no credit to modern improvements. But no such consideration will prevent the conclusion that most great and notable deeds have been performed in these wars. And the history of them will begin at some distance back, telling of the fortunes in war of the Romans and the Medes, their reverses and their successes.

II

[408 A.D.] When the Roman Emperor Arcadius was at the point of death in Byzantium, having a malechild, Theodosius, who was still unweaned, he felt grave fears not only for him but for the government as well, not knowing how he should provide wisely for both. For he perceived that, if he provided a partner in government for Theodosius, he would in fact be destroying his own son by bringing forward against him a foe clothed in the regal power; while if he set him alone over the empire, man

History of the Wars, Books III and IV by Procopius

Author: Procopius (Procopius of Caesarea)
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 80,080 / 235 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.8
LoC Category: D
Series: History of the Wars

Downloads: 1,456
Added to site: 2005.09.28
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Genres: History, War

pass, that these persons should thenceforth not be entitled to proceed against those who had forced them out, but they were excluded by demurrer[19] from access to the court; and in view of this he established a law that whatever time should be spent by the Vandals in the Roman domain should not by any means be counted toward this thirty-year demurrer. And Honorius himself, when the West had been driven by him to this pass, died of disease. [Aug. 27, 423 A.D.] Now before this, as it happened, the royal power had been shared by Honorius with Constantius, the husband of Placidia, the sister of Arcadius and Honorius; but he lived to exercise the power only a few days, and then, becoming seriously ill, he died while Honorius was still living, [421 A.D.] having never succeeded in saying or in doing anything worth recounting; for the time was not sufficient during which he lived in possession of the royal power. Now a son of this Constantius, Valentinian, a child just weaned, was being reared in the palace of Theod

Si Klegg, Book 5 by John McElroy

Author: John McElroy
Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 66,827 / 193 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86
LoC Category: PS
Series: Si Klegg

Downloads: 371
Added to site: 2010.03.26
mnybks.net#: 27144
Origin: gutenberg.org

Genres: Fiction and Literature, War

he went at a piece of cornpone and one of meat, which he had gotten at the house, and held in either hand, while his reins lay on his horse’s neck.

The old woman came out into the yard with some meat in her hand, and the shrill note of her orders to the negresses reached the Deacon’s ears, though he could not make out the words. But he saw one of them go to the spring and bring water, which she poured in a wash-kettle set up in the yard, while the old woman prepared the beef and put it in, the other negress started a fire, and the old man chopped and split wood to put around the kettle and fill the stone oven near by.

“They’re cookin’ vittels for them rebels on the ridge.” The Deacon correctly diagnosed the situation. “By-and-by they’ll come for ’em, or take ’em to ’em. Mebbe I kin find some way to collar some of ’em. It’s a slim chance, but no other seems to show up just now. If no more’n one man comes for that grub I’m goin’ to jump him.”

The Deacon looked at the caps on his revolver an

Si Klegg, Book 6 by John McElroy

Author: John McElroy
Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 65,436 / 191 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86
LoC Category: PS

Downloads: 360
Added to site: 2010.03.26
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Origin: gutenberg.org

Genres: Fiction and Literature, War

comer plausibly. “You need that right off. Then we kin talk about your regiment. As a matter of fact, you’re only enlisted in the Army of the United States and have the right to go to any regiment you please. Tyrannical as the officers may be, they can’t take that privilege of an American freeman away from you. Come along and git breakfast first.”

The man’s appearance was so impressive, his words and confident manner so convincing, and the boys so hungry that their scruples vanished, and all followed the late Lieut.-Col. Billings, as he gave the word, and started off through the mazes of the camp with an air of confident knowledge that completed his conquest of them.

Ex-Lieut.-Col. Billings strode blithely along, feeling the gladsome exuberance of a man who had “struck a good thing,” and turning over in his mind as to where he had best market his batch of lively recruits, how he could get around the facts of their previous enlistment, and how much he ought to realize per head. He felt that he co

The Story of the Great War, Volume III by Various Authors

Author: Various Authors
Published: 1916
Language: English
Wordcount: 170,145 / 516 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 47.9
LoC Category: D
Series: Great War

Downloads: 1,190
Added to site: 2009.06.29
mnybks.net#: 24577
Origin: gutenberg.org

Genres: History, War

it on Christmas Day, 1914, overlooking Ardahan. A week later it entered the city and prepared to carry out its rôle in the general offensive by advancing upon the Russian right flank at Kars. It met serious opposition, however, when it attempted to move out of Ardahan, was itself compelled to retreat, and finally sought safety beyond the ridges to the west. There, in the valley of the Chorûk, it joined up with the Tenth Corps. Together they continued their retreat upon Trebizond. Subsequently they tried a new offensive in the Chorûk valley which was undecisive, however, and at the end of January, 1914, the situation had developed into a deadlock.

The Turkish troops in their operation in the Caucasus appeared to have suffered from the difficulty of keeping open their sea communications with Constantinople. Lacking railways they relied too much upon supplies arriving at Trebizond. The Russian fleet in the Black Sea was active, however, and upset the Turkish calculations. In the first w