World War I Nonfiction Booklist

wargb002On March 18, 1915, British and French forces launched an unlucky naval attack on the Ottoman Empire in the Dardanelles, the thin waterway in northwestern Turkey that separates Europe from Asia. The waterway was heavily mined, and even though the British swept the area before launching the attack, they still lost three ships. Two more were severely damaged.

I have a strong personal interest in WWI because my great-grandfather fought in the British Gallipoli Campaign, and he lost two older brothers within a week of one another in the Battle of the Somme.  The First World War always felt like a rushed subject in school, so I never had much interest in it until I found my family’s connection to it through genealogical research. To further my knowledge and learn more about it I used the WWI Nonfiction booklist to highlight some of the books available at KDL that deal with WWI and all the different battles that occurred.






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3 Responses to “World War I Nonfiction Booklist”

  1. Michelle Says:

    This list is great! I too have developed a love of history since researching my family tree. However, I also enjoy great historical fiction titles that can teach me history while following a story line. I have been trying to find a historically accurate, well-written story of World War I. Any suggestions?

  2. Craig Says:

    Hi Michelle, thanks for the comment. Have you read Ben Macintyre’s The Englishman’s Daughter: A True Story of Love and Betrayal in World War I? Even though it is nonfiction it reads like fiction and is one of my all time favorite books. The last historical fiction book I read about World War 1 was Eleven eleven by Paul Dowswell . It doesn’t give you much overview of the entire war, but it is a really interesting example of how soldier’s lives were intertwined from both sides and focuses on the final days of the war. It is written for teens so is not to complex. Another recommendation is Jeff Shaara’s To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War. I hope this helps.

  3. Michelle Says:

    Thanks Craig. I will add those recommendations to my reading list. Thanks again.