First World War Books for Adults

The First World War began just over a century ago and it became one of the most brutal and world-changing wars in history. Diving into the history of this war can be can be both shocking and moving and with our First World War books you can discover the stories of this mighty conflict from the build-up to the aftermath. We have WW1 books on specific battles and years and books that show you what life was like for people both in and out of the trenches. Discover our best First World War books for adults below...

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1. Passchendaele

  • £8.99

Nick Lloyd

Nick Lloyd wrote this fascinating account of the Battle of Passchendaele to mark the 100th anniversary of the conflict. Often considered to be the most brutal battle of the First World War with a staggering loss of lives, Nick doesn't shy away from any detail. He explains how, despite the enormous tragedy, the Allies still managed to reclaim Passchendaele from the German Empire. This truly is a gripping read about a dark moment in military history.



 

2. 1916: A Global History

  • £4.99

Keith Jeffery

Keith Jeffery's book focuses on 1916 and looks at how 12 events from this year (one for each month) impacted the world. Being in the middle of the First World War, 1916 was a huge year for history and Keith features events directly related to the War, including the Battle of the Somme, and identifies the link between the war and events that may not appear to have as strong a connection, such as the death of Rasputin. Tying together military and social history, this book is a brilliant insight into the history of one very important year.




3. The Fall of the Ottomans

  • £8.79

Eugene Rogan

In this eye-opening history book, Eugene Rogan describes the fall of the Ottoman Empire. After holding power in the Middle East for four centuries, it was the Allied forces in World War One that brought down the Empire after the invasion of Gallipoli. Eugene Rogan provides a compelling and unbiased account of why and how the Ottomans were defeated.





 

4. Oxford in the Great War

  • £3.99

Malcolm Graham

Malcolm Graham's book focuses on the role the city of Oxford played in the First World War. Oxford contributed to the war effort in various ways; the men's colleges were devoted to military training and the city took in refugees from Belgium and Serbia. The book also shines a light on the women who went to work to keep the city running throughout the war. Discover the vital part that Oxford played in Britain's victory with Malcolm's fantastic book.


5. Till the Trumpet Sounds Again

  • £30.00

Nicola Randall

This fascinating First World War book tells the stories of the two battalions of the Scots Guards from the years 1914 to 1919. Nicola Randall aims to explain the experiences of these soldiers as if she were one of them, showing what they'd have seen, heard and felt whilst fighting in the trenches of France and Belgium. This immersive and compelling book tells a shocking and moving story of life as a WW1 Solider.




 

6. The Great War Illustrated 1917

  • £24.00

William Langford

This book is packed with incredible photography from the battlefields of the First World War. Many of the photographs included were taken for newspapers and magazines to show the people at home what the fighting was like, giving a unique and powerful glimpse into life at war. Plus, some of these photographs have rarely been seen since their original publication. This is the perfect visual guide for anyone with an interest in World War One history.



7. The Telegraph Book of Readers' Letters from the Great War

The Telegraph Book of Readers' Letters from the Great War - Hardback - 9781781313305 - Gavin Fuller
  • £4.49

Gavin Fuller

The Telegraph's chief archivist, Gavin Fuller, has brought together some of the most moving and interesting letters sent into the newspaper during the First World War. This gives an insight into the lives led by the people at home while the war was fought on other shores. These letters show the whole range of emotions felt when your country is at war, from fear to grief to pride.







 

If you want some more powerful stories of war, then check out our full range of First World War books.