Till the Boys Come Home - The First World War Through its Picture Postcards

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Published for the 100th Anniversaries of the First World War the book takes a unique look at all aspects of the War through eyes 100 years old. Here is history accessible for all members of the family through over 700 contemporary postcards with informative captions about the messages implied in the picture on the front, a look at some of the messages on the back, and a running historical commentary.

The book's authors are well known as the founders of the modern battlefield tour in the 1970s and as the creators of the best selling guide-books series of 'Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide to ...'

The thumbnails of the left are of images from the book showing the range of subject matter covered. Click on them for an enlargement.

As an introduction to the First World War this book is invaluable ,while for those already familiar with the conflict it may well spring a few surprises.


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Written by the well known military authors Tonie and Valmai Holt  this handsome, completely re-written, re-designed hardback version of the best-selling ‘Till the Boys Come Home’, first published in 1977. It was acclaimed by The Times as ‘Standing head and shoulders above the rest [of military books], unique in content and treatment... a graphic history of the war in all its aspects, in all moods and on all fronts’.

Now containing in its over 700 illustrations reproduced in their original exuberant colours, black and white and sepia, many rare, valuable and powerful propaganda cards from all the participating nations. This is a true social document, covering The Nations, The Leaders, The Men, The Home Front, The War and its machines - on sea, on land and in the air - the hatred, the propaganda, the sentimentality, the ‘pin-ups’ (a phrase first used in the trenches) the humour and the aftermath.

Children and adults will find this a book to be dipped into for fascinating contemporary views of life in 1914-1918 and also to be read as a terse account of the war 'in all its aspects'.

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