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Are forum members aware that Google in partnership with the Gutenberg project has started to release free ebooks (mostly the classics first) that are totally unrestricted in their use of copy write etc as they are written before 1936, and amongst the early list are some concerning WW1, with 1000’s more promised for the future. For example out there at the moment there is one title “9th Kings in France” (just google with ebook at the end )that has a complete list of decorations to the Kings and chapters on 1st Div, 55 and 57 Div. etc. Its very boring to read on screen and prohibitively expensive to print out; while the absence of pictures needs rectifying but an interesting development that could be a great WW1 FREE resource in the near future.


pS Hope the topic has not been covered before, apols if it has.

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Thanks for this info - been after this for ages! The Google [roject was mentioned on yesterday's TV news.

Two other books featured on the site are

The Story of the 6th Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry

France, April 1915-November 1918

Hills, J.D. The Fifth Leicestershire

A Record Of The 1/5th Battalion The Leicestershire Regiment,

T.F., During The War, 1914-1919.

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After learning about in on the forum, I found "WITH THE "DIE-HARDS" IN SIBERIA" by John Ward on the Gutenberg project. It's a great resource.


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Another one that is available is:

"The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry and 14th (F. & F. Yeo.) Battn. R.H. 1914-1919" by Major D.D. Ogilvie.

[File 18468].

Fantastic book - Quite a few good photos, while the appendices include 'Honours and Awards' and 'Casualties' (35 pages!! - including every man wounded). And to end on a lighter note - towards the end there are some cracking stories of some of the battalion's "personalities". For example, said of Capt. A.L. Tuke, M.C., R.A.M.C.: "What's the guid o' gaen tae oor Doctor? He wadna believe yer ill till yer deid, and he wadna believe yer deid till yer stinkin."


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Kate Wills

I mentioned this on the Third Gaza thread two days ago

'Through Palestine with the Twentieth Machine-Gun Squadron' (7th Mounted Brigade)

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Derek Robertson

Into The Jaws Of Death by Jack O'Brien, his service with the 28th Bn.CEF in the Great War

John Hay Beith's classics on the men of K1

The First Hundred Thousand

Carrying On After The First Hundred Thousand

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Borden Battery

Here is part of the list the CEF Study Group has prepared on downloadable books - Borden Battery

Great War Document Download Websites - Part 28

Note: CEF Study Group member websites denoted with asterisk "*"


Archive Dot Org Website

The following books are presented on Archive Dot Org and represent a growing resource of scanned texts in the public domain. A consortium of universities are scanning a wide range of older text-books including the following sample on the Great War. These texts can be down-loaded free of charge. [Recommendation by Bro with URL linkages provided by Chris Wight][CEF Study Group - Apr 2005]


Regimental Histories


Canada's Hundred Days - With the Canadian Corps from Amiens to Mons, Aug. 8 - Nov. 11, 1918. By J. F. B. Livesay

This is a remarkable on-line document - period. I would recommend any student of the Canadian Corps download this pdf. reference document which can also be “key-word” searched for specific units and events. While there are some dated patriotic comments and hyperbole at times, this 1919 document also contains some detailed and important information on the Canadian Corps' military activities during the Last Hundred Days and its interactions with both British and French army units. Information on specific Battalions and heroic individuals is extensive. This book also provides some significant insight into the detailed battle movements of specific units with some remarkable coordinations of attacking battalion movements with artillery which was far more sophisticated than just the “rolling barrage”. There is also [perhaps the first] an outline of modern tank tactics which may pre-date the written theories of both Liddell-Hart and Major Fuller. Highly recommended. [marc leroux Recommendation][CEF Study Group - July 2006]


The Story of the 6th Battalion, the Durham Light Infantry : France, April 1915-Nov. 1918

Ainsworth, Ralph Bignell, Sir

St. Catherine Press , London, 1919 [CEF Study Group]


Short History of the London Rifle Brigade

– Anonymous, Compiled regimentally [CEF Study Group]


The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the war, 1914-1918

- Anonymous [CEF Study Group]


With a Highland Regiment in Mesopotamia, 1916-1917

Blampied, H. J. [CEF Study Group]


The War Service of the 1/4 Royal Berkshire Regiment (T.F.)

Cruttwell, Charles Robert Mowbray Fraser [CEF Study Group]


The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"

Davidson, George [CEF Study Group]


The Doings of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade, August 1914 to March 1915

Gleichen, Edward, Lord [CEF Study Group]


War History of the 18th (S.) Battalion Durham Light Infantry

Lowe, William Douglas [CEF Study Group]


A History of the 1st Battalion, the Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) : July 1st, l916, to the End of the War

Majendie, V. H. B. [CEF Study Group]


A Short History of the 6th Division Aug. 1914- March 1919

Marden, Thomas Owen, Sir [CEF Study Group]


Breaking the Hindenburg Line the Story of the 46th (North Midland) Division

Priestley, Raymond Edward, Sir [CEF Study Group]


The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Rose, G. K. [CEF Study Group]


The Fifty-First in France

Ross, Robert B. - Illustrated by Jessie K. Ross [CEF Study Group]


The History of the 7th Battalion Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Sandilands, J W. [CEF Study Group]


War Diary of the Fifth Seaforth Highlanders, 51st (Highland) Division

Sutherland, D. [CEF Study Group]


The 23rd (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers (First Sportsman's) : A Record of its Services in the Great War, 1914-1919

Ward, Fred W. [CEF Study Group]


The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War, 1914-1919, 1/8th Battalion

Weetman, W. C. C. [CEF Study Group]


A Short History of the 39th (Deptford) Divisional Artillery 1915-1918

Wiebkin, H. W. [CEF Study Group]


The Seventh Manchesters July 1916 to March 1919

Wilson, S. J. [CEF Study Group]



Personal Narratives


- Anonymous [CEF Study Group]


Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915

- Anonymous [CEF Study Group]


A Soldier's Diary

Atkinson, George Scott [CEF Study Group]


The Fighting Mascot : The True Story of a Boy Soldier

Bacon, E. L. [CEF Study Group]


A Kut Prisoner

Bishop, Harry C. W. [CEF Study Group]


Q. 6. a and Other Places : Recollections of 1916, 1917, 1918

Buckley, Francis [CEF Study Group]


"We'll Stick to the Finish!" : "C'est la Guerre" (It is the War) : A Voice from the Soldiers and Sailors Overseas

Chapple, Joe Mitchell [CEF Study Group]


Duty and Service : Letters from the Front

Crouch, Lionel William [CEF Study Group]


The Soul of the War

Gibbs, Philip [CEF Study Group]


Golden Lads

Gleason, Arthur [CEF Study Group]


Kitchener's Mob ; The Adventures of an American in the British Army

Hall, James Norman [CEF Study Group]


A Soldier's Sketches Under Fire

Harvey, Harold [CEF Study Group]


All in It : "K (1)" Carries On

Hay, Ian [CEF Study Group]


Letters to Helen : Impressions of an Artist on the Western Front

Henderson, Keith [CEF Study Group]


One Young Man

Hodder-Williams, John Ernest, Sir [CEF Study Group]


Two Men : A Memoir

Howson, Hugh E. E. [CEF Study Group]


My Home in the Field of Honour

Huard, Frances Wilson [CEF Study Group]


War Letters of a Public-School Boy

Jones, Henry Paul Mainwaring [CEF Study Group]


With the Immortal Seventh Division

Kennedy, Edmund John [CEF Study Group]


A Minstrel in France

Lauder, Harry, Sir [CEF Study Group]


Letters of the Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie (Commanding 1st Battn. Royal Irish Rifles) : Dated November 4th, 1914-March 11th, 1915

Laurie, George Brenton [CEF Study Group]


On the King's Service : Inward Glimpses of Men at Arms

Logan, Innes [CEF Study Group]


The Amateur Army

MacGill, Patrick [CEF Study Group]


The Red Horizon

MacGill, Patrick [CEF Study Group]


Letters from France

Mack, Isaac Alexander [CEF Study Group]


My War Experiences in Two Continents

Macnaughtan, Sarah [CEF Study Group]


Blood & Iron : Impressions from the Front in France & Flanders

McNair, Wilson [CEF Study Group]


Leaves From a Field Note-Book

Morgan, John Hartman [CEF Study Group]


On the Fringe of the Great Fight

Nasmith, George Gallie [CEF Study Group]


Pushed and the Return Push

Nichols, G. H. F. [CEF Study Group]


Englishman, Kamerad! Right of the British Line

Nobbs, Gilbert [CEF Study Group]


Letters from Mesopotamia in 1915 and January, 1916

Palmer, Robert [CEF Study Group]


Ladies from Hell

Pinkerton, Robert Douglas [CEF Study Group] [CEF Study Group]


Three Years in France with the Guns: Being Episodes in the Life of a Field Battery

Rose, C A. [CEF Study Group]


A Soldier of England : Memorials of Leslie Yorath Sanders

Sanders, Leslie Yorath [CEF Study Group]


From Mons to Loos : Being the Diary of a Supply Officer

Stewart, Herbert Arthur [CEF Study Group]


The Leicestershires Beyond Baghdad

Thompson, Edward John [CEF Study Group]


Field Hospital and Flying Column : Being the Journal of an English Nursing Sister in Belgium & Russia

Thurstan, Violetta [CEF Study Group]


Combed Out

Voigt, F. A. [CEF Study Group]


Adventures of a Despatch Rider

Watson, William Henry Lowe [CEF Study Group]


How I Filmed the War : A Record of the Extraordinary Experiences of the Man Who Filmed the Great Somme Battles

Warren, Low [CEF Study Group]


On War – Carl Von Clausewitz

This on-line document was originally published in German by Dümmlers Verlag, Berlin, 1832 . This site presents the complete translation by Colonel J.J. Graham as published by N. Trübner, London, 1873. The material is presented in eight “books” with several chapters in each book. On War is a classic document which attempts to understand total war as an instrument of national policy. This book has has stimulated generations of soldiers, statesmen, and intellectuals for generations. [CEF Study Group - May 2006]


Stranded in Russia by Roger Crownover

The website is based on the January-February 1999 article by Paul D. Mehney and presents 16 pages in a tabloid-magazine style on the Polar Bear Expedition to northern Russia after the end of the Great War. In the following pages of this uniquely Michigan story, Roger Crownover looks at how Detroiters lobbied to bring their boys Michigan home. You also will learn why President Woodrow Wilson committed American troops, soon known as the Polar Bears, to this action, and how the Polar Bears viewed Russia, its people and their experience. Finally, we offer an assortment of historic pictures, Polar Bear uniforms and artifacts from the extensive collection of Michigan’s Own Military and Space Museum in Frankenmuth. [Recommendation by Hauptmann][CEF Study Group - May 2006]


Infantry in Battle – George C. Marshall, Colonel

This historic 1934 booklet [97 pages] treats a wide range axioms, scenarios and tactics of smaller units and is illustrated by examples drawn from the [Great] World War. The format includes an outline, discussion, map(s) and conclusion. [CEF Study Group - July 2006]


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Forgot to mention in earlier post, if you use "advanced search" feature, it's possible to search by subject. That's real handy if you want to see what's available without knowing a specific title or author.


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