Suggestions for reading (or a chapter or two from them). All additional suggestions (in any language) will be warmly welcomed.
Interesting list of German texts (thanks, HP!)
Not PD for readers in Europe:
Birds and the War
by Hugh Steuart Gladstone (b. 1877 - 1949)
[commonsparrow3 recorded Birds as Messengers for volume 2]
[ColleenMC recorded ch 7, “Effects of Air-Raids and Aircraft on Birds" for volume 3]
Waiting for Daylight
by H. M. Tomlinson (1873 – 1958)
[mhhbook to record section XIV “Authors and Soldiers” for vol. 3]
The Enormous Room
by E. E. Cummings (1894-1962). More info here: viewtopic.php?p=1175589#p1175589
The War Book of the German General Staff, being the Usages of War on Land
Prussia (Kingdom). Armee. Grosser Generalstab. Kriegsgeschichtliche Abteilung II;
Translated by J. H. Morgan (John Hartman) (1876-1955)
The Dispatch-Riders: The Story of Two British Motor-Cyclists in the Great War
by Percy F. (Percy Francis) Westerman (1876-1959) and Frank Gillett (1874-1927)
The Amateur Army
by Patrick MacGill (1889-1963)
The Soul of a Nation
(Armistice Day 1920) by Sir Phillip Gibbs (1877-1962) [recorded for vol. 2]
Russia in Literature
An open letter signed by a few dozen famous English authors (Barrie, Doyle, Wells, etc) on the eve of WWI 1914, addressed to the great writers of Russia.
Off to the Front from At Ypres with Best-Dunkley. [An account of the 2/5th Lancashire Fusiliers under the command of Colonel Best-Dunkley.]
by Thomas Hope Floyd (1896-1973). Chapter I Off to the Front
would be particularly welcome. Not PD for Canada or Australia either.
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17813 Peter (mrwemmick) will read The City and The Trenches and The Battle of Ypres for Vol. 3.
Somme Battle Stories
by Capt. A. J. Dawson (1872-1951)
has stand-alone chapters which would be suitable, including The Australian as a Fighter
, and A Cool Canadian
. https://archive.org/details/cihm_87758 David Wales has recorded Chap. 5 for Vol. I. and has now recorded the whole book as a solo
Letters from a Young Queenslander
by Dr. Robert Marshall Allan (1886-1946)
A collection of letters and extracts written by a military physician from South Brisbane practising in France during WWI.
Selection recorded by Elizabby for volume 2
Some soldier poets
by Thomas Sturge Moore (1870-1944)
Essays on some notable war poets, including some of their work
Carry On: Letters in Wartime
, by Lieutenant Coningsby Dawson (1883–1959) (Not PD in Australia either)
The war and the future
by John Masefield (1878-1967)
A speech and a lecture both given in 1918.
Some war curiosities and the clandestine press in Belgium
by Christian Frederick Gauss (1878-1951) (US author, so Rule of the Shorter Term applies where appropriate)
Very interesting article about the plight of Belgium during the war
PD for everyone - hurray!
Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points
, January 8, 1918 speech to Congress which became the basis for peace negotiations.
A war zone gadabout; being the authentic account of four trips to the fighting nations during 1914, '15, '16
by Austin, Walter, 1864-1929
The Romance of War Inventions
by Thomas W. Corbin
The future of war in its technical, economic, and political relations
by Bloch, Jan, 1836-1902; Long, Robert Edward Crozier, 1872-1938
Celebrated spies and famous mysteries of the great war
by Barton, George, 1866-1940
https://archive.org/details/celebratedspiesf00bart BettyB will read Chs 8 and 9 "The Mystery of the Turkish Beauty" and "The Romantic Life of the Dutch-Javanese Dancer Who was Shot as a Spy" for Vol 3
The drama of three hundred & sixty-five days : scenes in the Great War
by Caine, Hall, Sir, 1853-1931
Women wanted ; the story written in blood red letters on the horizon of the great world war
by Daggett, Mabel Potter, 1871-1927
https://archive.org/details/womenwantedstory00daggrich BettyB will read Ch 4 "Women who wear war jewelry" for Vol 3
by Franchot, Annie Wood; Davis, Mary Louise
A children's story.
Democracy versus autocracy; a comparative study of governments in the world war
by Geiser, Karl Frederick, b. 1869
The air scout; an American boy's adventures when the big war in Europe began
by Kay, Ross
The Horse and the War
by Capt. Sidney Galtrey (1878-1935)
A 1915 pamphlet called Purple cross service for wounded and sick army horses - sad stuff, I'm afraid.
Chapter 6 of The Little Book Of The War
by Eva March Tappan (1854-1930) juvenile literature
includes the value in war of mules, pigeons, horses and dogs
Scott Danneker read Chapter VIII for Volume 2
Men in War
by Andreas Latzko (1876 - 1943)
The meaning of the war: life & matter in conflict
. ... Henri Bergson (1859-1941)
One speech and one article by the French Nobel laureate philosopher, 1914.
Inter arma; being essays written in time of war
by Edmund Gosse (1849-1928)
French literature of the great war
by Albert Schinz (1870-1943)
Various articles about poetry, fiction, drama. Not the least interesting in that it mentions various writings that may be suitable for reading in French for this collection.
[Kitty recorded ch 1 Poetry of the War for volume 3]
[ColleenMC recorded ch 7, “Effects of Air-Raids and Aircraft on Birds" for volume 3]
War's dark frame
(1917) by Wadsworth Camp (1879-1936)
Shortish stand-alone anecdotes of the War
The Appetite of Tyranny: Including Letters to an Old Garibaldian
(1915) by G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Philosophical essays on the War
Between St. Dennis and St. George; a sketch of three civilisations
(1915) by Ford Madox Ford (as Ford Madox Hueffer) (1873-1939)
Essays on the War
The First World War, 1914-1918 (1920) by Lt. Col. Charles à Court Repington (1858-1925) (ex-colonel acting as a war correspondent)
Letters of a Soldier, 1914-1915
Selection read by Beth Thomas for Volume 2
Some of these unchecked for PDness outside US:
Tales from a Famished Land
by Edward Eyre Hunt (1885–1953)
Fourteen stories having their conception in the author's experience serving on the Commission for the Relief of Belgium. Not all are sad, for there is humor even in Belgium, but the greater number are poignant in their exposition of the varied suffering which came with or followed the German army.
[mhhbook recorded Ghosts for volume 2]
The Worn Doorstep
by Margaret Pollock Sherwood (1864-1955)
An American woman, whose English lover has been killed in the war, rents a house in a tiny English village and finds some comfort in the people who seek shelter over her worn doorstep, helping her to forget personal losses in the greater tragedy of the Belgian refugees. An unusually charming bit of workmanship cast in the form of a journal.
Selection read by Mary in Arkansas for Volume 2
With the American Submarines
by Henry B. Beston (1888 – 1968) in the Atlantic Monthly, 1918? http://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.32106018804952?urlappend=%3Bseq=700
Beston was the only American correspondent to travel with the British Grand Fleet and to be aboard an American destroyer during combat engagement and sinking. He also wrote a book about his experiences called Full Speed Ahead (1919) available at https://archive.org/details/fullspeedahead00best
Shell-shock and other neuropsychiatric problems presented in five hundred and eighty-nine case histories from the War literature
, 1914-1918 (1919)
Internet Archive: 14,000 items in the World War One Documents
Collection. Not every one is in the US Public Domain, so one must be careful, but it is a treasure trove of books, pamphlets and articles in many languages on just about every subject relating to the War.
The book of the homeless: (Le livre des sans-foyer)
-edited by Edith Wharton. This was a book sold for the benefit of refugees and contains contributions from such illustrious characters as Joseph Conrad, Sarah Bernhardt, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, W. B. Yeats to name but a few. Some in English, some in French, some poetry, some prose. Even a score by Stravinsky!
Short pamphlets in the US United War Work Campaign series: [BettyB will read for Vol 3]
Victory Girls https://archive.org/details/victorygirls00unit
Victory Boys https://archive.org/details/victoryboys00unit
The campaign among students
A Call from Gallipoli
by Cecilia Nesbit (1915), described as a prose poem. The writer was Australian, but unfortunately neither I nor the National Library of Australia can find her date of death.
The Groningen Camp Magazine: During October 1914, over 1500 troops from the First Royal Naval Brigade were interned in Groningen, Holland, for the duration of World War I.
Similarly Ruhleben internment camp was a civilian detention camp during World War I located to the west of Berlin.
Articles from Australian newspapers:
Making an Army: A Look Round the Camps
How Our Soldier Lads Break the Monotony
The First Force: End of the Voyage
Give It Now
The Transports. A Great Fleet
Much in Punch magazine: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=punch+1914
New York Times Current History: The European War, Vol 1, No. 1 by Various 'from the beginning to ' March 1915
; other numbers in this series from the NY Times are here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=new+york+times+current+history&sort_order=title
[unread pages to read Open Letter to President Wilson by George Bernard Shaw for vol 3]
Many original documents either originally in German or translated into German in:
Die Europäischen Kriegsverhandlung: die maßgebenden Dokumente chronologisch und sinngemäß zusammengestellt ubersetzt und erläutert.
Many documents in that book can be found in English or translated into English in The Times documentary history of the war (1917), including The British Blue Book: Great Britain and the European Crisis
Winged Warfare: Hunting the Huns in the Air
The Dover Patrol 1915-1917
by Admiral Sir Reginald Bacon (1863–1947)
With the American Submarines by Henry B. Beston (1888 – 1968) in the Atlantic Monthly, 1918? http://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.32106018804952?urlappend=%3Bseq=700
(US author, so Rule of the Shorter Term applies where appropriate)
Several links at archive.org to texts regarding The Battle of Jutland
Various types of warfare:
Zeppelin: The Story of a Great Achievement, by Harry Vissering
Has a few references to WWI.
Pen Pictures of British Battles
Warfare Under Water and The Moonlight Battle for Baghdad recorded by MaryAnn for Vol. I.
The Australian as a Fighter
, and A Cool Canadian
from Somme Battle Stories: https://archive.org/details/cihm_87758
Best Stories of the 1914 European War
Tanks in the Great War 1914-1918
The War in Africa 1914-1917, and in the Far East 1914
My Mission to London 1912-1914
by Prince Lichnowsky, Late German Ambassador in Great Britain
A War-Time Journal, Germany 1914 and German Travel Notes
The War of 1914 – The Crime of the Century
Questions of American Neutrality During the European War 1914-1915
The War and the Churches (1915)
Preface and Ch. 3 recorded by filp for volume 2
Abstracts of War Surgery…
(Early Care of Gunshot Wounds of the Jaws and Surrounding Soft Parts recorded by MaryAnn in Vol. I)
Inventions of the Great War
by A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond (1876-?)
MaryAnn read Chapter 11 for Volume 2
How I Filmed the War
by Geoffrey H. Malins (1887 - 1943)
The Glory of the Coming - What Mine Eyes Have Seen of Americans in Action in This Year of Grace and Allied Endeavor
(1918) By Irvin S. Cobb (1876-1944)
Chapters 15-16 recorded by Mary in Arkansas for Volume 2
On the Edge of the Storm
by Shepherd Knapp (1873 - 1946) reminiscences of a year in France during the War
Rebuilding Britain: A Survey of Problems of Reconstruction after the World War by Sir Alfred Hopkinson (1851-1939)
See also for ideas:
Check for PDness. Some are copyrighted.
Music and popular culture in the First World War: