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Compilations of Official Histories of All Major Combatants of World War I


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I have recently established a blog that is dedicated mainly the military history of World War 1 and 2.

I am compiling a list of official histories of all major combatants during the war. Whenever I could find a digitalized version, I immediately link it to my list. They are set up in a nice table and so I hope that it is not too clustered for you to see.

For Britain, only a small number of volumes are available via archive.org. I suggest that you download them now because they may be unavailable after. It is vital to remember that any of these files could be corrupted at any time.

For France, most official histories have been digitalized by the French National Library. I am linking it to my list now so I don't know when I can finish, because there are so many appendices and I need to check to not mismatch them with the major works.

For Germany, the task is very straightforward and easy because the works are simple in structure and are all digitalized on a stable platform. Germany has 3 series that can be considered official. I have completed 2 of 3 and will finish it by tomorrow.

For Austria, I have not compiled it yet and I would try my best to work my way through when I am done with Germany

The most formidable task as a compiler is Russia. Due to the internal upheaval of Russia after the collapse of the Tsarist government, there are no major official history of Russia for the First World War. However, there are lots of works of considerable length that can be used as a replacement for a lacking official history. Most of these works have been digitalized on a stable platform similar to France and Germany so it would definitely help. Many works are even in typed form, facilitating the use of google translator for those who cannot read Russian but wish to obtain a precursory knowledge of the Eastern Front.

It is important to note here that many Russian generals who wrote these works were former Tsarist generals who either defected to the Red Army or to the White Army. Most famous among them was the Artillery General Barsukov who also participated in the Great Patriotic War in 1941 and general Golovine who immigrated to France.

The task of compiling is not too taxing in terms of efforts, but I wish to to make it a convenient list so that you guys can come and check them whenever you want.

Glad that I have done it.

This is my blog.

For Great Britain: https://greatmodernmilitaryhistory.blogspot.com/2021/09/official-histories-of-major-nations.html

For France: https://greatmodernmilitaryhistory.blogspot.com/2021/09/this-is-just-list-i-compiled-based-upon.html

For Germany: https://greatmodernmilitaryhistory.blogspot.com/2021/09/official-histories-of-major-nations_17.html

                      https://greatmodernmilitaryhistory.blogspot.com/2021/09/official-histories-of-major-nations_19.html

                     https://greatmodernmilitaryhistory.blogspot.com/2021/09/official-histories-of-major-nations_40.html

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11 hours ago, Brusilov said:

I I wish to to make it a convenient list so that you guys can come and check them whenever you want.

Thank you for sharing this.

It might be worth changing the settings on the Blog Archive so everyone can see the titles of the individual posting.

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5 hours ago, Dust Jacket Collector said:

I have a guide to collecting the British series on my website if that’s of interest.

http://www.greatwardustjackets.co.uk/page52.html

Thank you so much for letting me know this. I will check your list and add any volume that is missing from my table. I will certainly give you a credit for your contribution on my blog.

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42 minutes ago, Skipman said:

Thanks, I will consult this when I compile for Canada

Guys, 

There is a member on Facebook who belongs to the Facebook Group WWI Buff who says that he has consulted a German work named "Der Krieg". He used it to understand U-boat warfare. Do you happen to know this series?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2349109384/?multi_permalinks=10158549539069385&notif_id=1632085090429480&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic&ref=notif

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4 hours ago, ianjonesncl said:

Thank you for sharing this.

It might be worth changing the settings on the Blog Archive so everyone can see the titles of the individual posting.

I don't quite understand what you mean. You propose to change the setting of my blog? What setting should I change?

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Brusilov

If you have a look at my blog you can seen on the blog archive I have the blog titles displayed. I think this would be useful for you blog as it is easier to select a blog entry.

Northumbrian Gunner

In the blog dashboard select layout, and you should see the widgets in your right hand column. Click edit in the Blog Archive widget and there are settings for what you would like to display.

Ian

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15 minutes ago, ianjonesncl said:

Brusilov

If you have a look at my blog you can seen on the blog archive I have the blog titles displayed. I think this would be useful for you blog as it is easier to select a blog entry.

Northumbrian Gunner

In the blog dashboard select layout, and you should see the widgets in your right hand column. Click edit in the Blog Archive widget and there are settings for what you would like to display.

Ian

Thanks a lot

I have edited the blog archive and shorten the title of all blog entries to enable readers to keep track of which nations I am discussing.

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3 hours ago, Brusilov said:

There is a member on Facebook who belongs to the Facebook Group WWI Buff who says that he has consulted a German work named "Der Krieg". He used it to understand U-boat warfare. Do you happen to know this series?

Not being able to access the group I can only presume it is the German Naval official history „Der Krieg zur See 1914-1918“ which is in 22 volumes, not counting the revised 2006 edition of Der Krieg in der Nordsee volume 7.

Der Krieg in der Nordsee - 7 volumes

Der Krieg in der Ostsee - 3 volumes

Der Handelskrieg mit U-Booten - 5 volumes

Der Kreuzerkrieg in den ausländischen Gewässern - 3 volumes

Der Krieg in den türkischen Gewässern - 2 volumes

Die Kämpfe der Kaiserlichen Marine in den deutschen Kolonien

Die Überwasserstreitkräfte und ihre Technik

only a few of them are available on line https://www.wikiwand.com/de/Marinearchiv

Charlie

 

 

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1 hour ago, adk46canada said:

Brusilov

Thank-you for taking the initiative and assembling this valuable information. There is an English translation of the Austrian official history. It can be accessed at http://www.comroestudios.com/StanHanna/.

 

Regards

Bill Stewart

Thank you for your kind words.

I have found out about Dr. Stan Hanna's translation before you mentioned him and I have incorporated it in my list right here:

https://greatmodernmilitaryhistory.blogspot.com/2021/09/official-histories-of-world-war-i.html

Does Austrian-Hungarian Empire have a separate volume for air operations and sea operations?

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1 hour ago, Brusilov said:

Does Austrian-Hungarian Empire have a separate volume for air operations and sea operations?

There was no other Austro-Hungarian official history other than Österreich-Ungarns letzter Krieg.

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12 minutes ago, charlie2 said:

There was no other Austro-Hungarian official history other than Österreich-Ungarns letzter Krieg.

Okay, so I am done with Austro-Hungarian official history on my blog.

The next thing is amassing those so-called "semi" or not even official histories of World War 1 on the Russian side. That's quite a big task. I know some of the works and keep links, but I have to think about how to represent them in a readable way so you guys can consult it anytime.

Fortunately, some works are typed by Russians so they could be copied and pasted on google translator, so that you guys could sort of get a sense of what they are talking about.

Russia has not official history of the Great War, so I have to assemble everything I know to make up for the lack of such an important collection.

Books published about World War I after the Revolution is not rare, but they are complicated to study.

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30 minutes ago, Crunchy said:

I already utilize that list on my blog:

https://greatmodernmilitaryhistory.blogspot.com/2021/09/official-histories-of-major-nations.html

The list doesn't include Austro-Hungarian, German 2 official histories besides Der Weltkrieg 1914-1918.

And of course, it doesn't contain a compilation of Russian sources.

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Guys, I am looking for an electronic version of the German Medical Report: Sanitätsbericht über das Deutsche Heer

I count this as a part of official history of Germany. I know that this is comprised of 3 volumes, but I couldn't find any e-book

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