The Great War

The Great War

Great Writers on The Great War Kipling's War

Great Writers on The Great War Kipling's War

Great Writers on The Great War Buchan's War

Series: Great Writers On The Great War

Publication Date15th October 2014

Book FormatPaperback





A striking narrative of the First World War by one of the greatest writers in the English language. ‘The German strategy was that of a woodcutter who strikes first on one side of the trunk and then the other. But his method is useless unless each stroke of the axe cuts out a substantial wedge, and this the German blows had failed to achieve.’
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‘The observer, wherever on the globe his eyes were turned, would have found no area immune from the struggle.’

John Buchan, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps, spent the First World War serving in a variety of official positions, but he also helped to produce a monthly magazine chronicling the history of the war, which was later published in twenty-four volumes as Nelson’s History of the War. With his access to secret information about the course of the war, Buchan had a clear grasp of the situation and in this book he puts it across to the reader with all the narrative skill of a novelist.

Buchan’s War takes us through some of the key campaigns and battles of the war, from the opening of the fighting and the Battle of the Marne via Verdun, Jutland and the Somme to the last German offensives in 1918 and the Armistice, in the words of one of Britain’s greatest thriller writers.

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