The First World War, from other sides

Posted on 10th January 2013 by simonbeattie

Earlier this week, on my Facebook page, I posted the following picture:

It’s an amazing photographic record of the First World War from the Serbian perspective, privately printed in Belgrade in 1926, compiled by a Lt-Col. Popović.  And it’s big: 316 × 450 mm, and about 450 pages.  A real slab of a book.  Naturally, it focuses on the Eastern Front (there is a large section on Salonica, for example), but also includes imagery of the Russian Revolution, America’s involvement in the War, the role of women during the conflict, and shocking testament to war crimes committed by Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria against the Serbs.  The whole is printed in Serbian, French, and English.  (The cover, incidentally, depicts Field Marshal Živojin Mišić and Crown Prince Alexander looking through field-glasses.)

It’s not the first book I’ve ever had relating to the First World War from a more unusual perspective, but it is possibly the most impressive visually.  Another book I came across once is this:

It was published in 1919 by Paul Cramer, who had been a bookseller in Leipzig until the War sent him to the Western Front, where he was captured by the British and interned at the POW camp at Abbeville.  The book is a compilation of reminiscences, poems, and drawings of camp life taken from the notebooks of his comrades and, again, offers a view of the War we don’t often see.

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3 responses to “The First World War, from other sides”

  1. Julian Saurin says:

    Just a comment to say how fascinating this blog is. The opening contention (Jan 2010) of bringing to attention those books that one never knew one wanted is admirably fulfilled throughout these blog pages.

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