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Famous : 1914 - 1918 (Hardcover)

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In August 1914, the Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, appealed for volunteers to fight alongside Britain's small professional army. The response was overwhelming: a million men, from all sections of society, enlisted in the first few months. Among them were some who would one day become famous.

The stories of twenty-one men who went on to international acclaim are featured here. Only one, Bernard Law Montgomery, was a regular soldier. The rest were civilians who volunteered or were conscripted to fight for their country.

They include Arnold Ridley, who starred as Godfrey in Dad's Army, Basil Rathbone, the quintessential Sherlock Holmes, and Nigel Bruce, his sidekick Watson. There are authors, such as JRR Tolkien, (Lord of the Rings) AA Milne (Winnie the Pooh), the sculptor Henry Moore and an explorer, George Mallory, who died on Mount Everest and whose body was discovered in 1999.

There are future Prime Ministers (Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan), the playwright RC Sherriff (Journey's End), and a scientist, the discoverer of penicillin, Alexander Fleming. Only one is infamous, John Christie, the mass murderer who lived at 10 Rillington Place.

Each character's war service is studied in detail, drawing on their own published and unpublished recollections. We also focus, where possible, on one specific incident, enabling the battlefield tourist or devoted fan to follow in the footsteps of heroes.

Many chapters appear with detailed maps and there are fifty photographs, many never published before, of the lives and surroundings of these men who fought bravely for their country before they achieved public recognition.


Publisher Pen & Sword
Mfg Part# 9781844156429
SKU 208934714
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1844156427
Release Date 8/13/2012
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