War Poet Charles Hamilton Sorely Reviewed
(Times Literary Supplement, 1916)
THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT reviewed the third edition to Charles Hamilton Sorely's (1895 - 1915) collection, Marlborough and Other Poems, with particular attention paid to an addition to that volume called "Illustrations in Prose".
Sorely reminisced about his days before the war when he was briefly enrolled as a student at the University of Jena. During the war Sorely served in the Suffolk Regiment and was killed in the battle of Loos during the autumn of 1915.
German Officers Recall Their Days as P.O.W.s (Times Literary Supplement, 1921)
Attached is a book review of what was described as the first book of it's kind: a compilation of assorted recollections by Imperial German officers of their years spent in captivity at the officer's prisoner of war camp at Skipton in Yorkshire.
Muirhead Bone at the Front (Times Literary Supplement, 1918)
A book review covering a collection of drawings by one of the Official War Artists, Muirhead Bone (1873 - 1953). The book was titled, and it is not surprising to read that it was published by Country Life. The reviewer was not at all impressed with the artist's renderings of, what was at that time, the most dangerous place on planet earth:
"In these drawings Mr. Muirhead Bone has resolutely refused to become a journalist. He has not allowed the novelty of his subject-matter to affect his treatment. There he differs from Mr. Nevinson. Mr. Nevinson in his pictures of the war is not a journalist but at least an illustrator."
Nonetheless, Sir Douglas Haig wrote a supportive introduction to the book. Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) found his drawings to be highly inaccurate at best.
A.E.F. Facts and Deployment Information (Times Literary Supplement, 1921)
The attached essay reviews a colossal history written by a veteran of the U.S. First Infantry Division, Captain Shipley Thomas: The History of the A. E. F.
- for those who are looking for some knowledge concerning what the American Army was up to during the last six months of the War (it was bloodiest period) the review makes for a good read.
Click here to read about the high desertion rate within the U.S. Army of 1910.
Click here to read some statistical data about the American Doughboys of the First World War.
An Englishman in the French Army (Times Literary Supplement, 1917)
"Under the French Flag" is a W.W. I memoir by M. Macdonald in which the author tells the story of an Englishman who chose to sign up for the French Army due to their lax recruiting regulations which provided for the enlistment of men as old as fifty years of age. The reviewer believed the author recounted some interesting scenes of early-war France and French barracks life.
Click here to read articles about W.W. I poetry.
General Herbert Gough and the Collapse of the Fifth Army (Times Literary Supplement, 1921)
The following book review is for all of you who toss and turn all night concerning the damaged reputation that was thrust upon the British Fifth Army General Hubert Gough (1870 - 1963) as a result of the German offensive that was launched during March of 1918.
The Field Service of the American Ambulace (Times Literary Supplement, 1917)
A book review from Britain's controlled press of "Friends of France". Printed in 1917, the book was a collection of memoirs by the members of the Field Service of the American Ambulance.
Click here to read about the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps.
An Austrian at the German Supreme Headquarters (Times Literary Supplement, 1921)
Reviewed herein is the W.W. memoir of General von Josef Graf Sturgkh (1859 - 1916) memoir recalling his days in Berlin serving as the Austrian Army delegate to the German military's "Great Headquarters" (1915 - 1916):
"Graf Sturgkh drops several hints about the very heavy losses incurred by the Germans in the very first weeks of the war..."