WW1 Publications and Book Sellers
The following publishers and bookdealers offer a wide range of new books, out of print and second-hand books relating to the First World War.
- After the Battle
- G H Smith
- Maggs Bros Rare Books
- Motor Books
- Naval & Military Press
- Pen & Sword Books
- Speet Quality Books
- Tommies Guides
- Turner Donovan Military Books
- World War Pictures
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After the Battle
One of the most well-known publications by After the Battle is the excellent, highly recommended guidebook to the Western Front battlefields called “Before Endeavours Fade”. It was written by the late Rose E B Coombs who was a historian at the Imperial War Museum in the 1960s and 70s. She wrote this book in memory of her father who had served on the Western Front in the First World War. It was the first of the modern guidebooks to the battlefields, using the Michelin maps to show a route around the specific battlefield areas, complemented by descriptions and photographs of all the important monuments, cemeteries and battle sites. Since the first publication in the 1970s it has been revised and updated.
After the Battle has an online shop. See the website at:
G H Smith
G H Smith has reproduced copies of the original Michelin Guides to the Battlefields (1914-1918).
Maggs Bros Rare Books
Maggs Bros specializes in rare books, first editions, manuscripts and autographs. Go to the website at:
Motor Books sells a range of books on aviation, buses and trams, collectables, maritime, military, motorcycles, motoring, motorsport, railway and workshop manuals. Visit the website at:
Naval & Military Press
Britain’s leading independent military bookseller. Specialist books for the serious student of conflict. The range of titles stocked covers all aspects of military history, uniforms, battles, official histories, specialist works containing medal rolls and casualties lists, including “Soldiers Died in The Great War” CD-Rom, the British Official Histories of 1914-1918 and titles for medal collectors and researchers.
Pen & Sword Books
Pen & Sword Books sells a wide range of books for military, aviation, local history, true crime and nostalgia. Pen & Sword publish the highly acclaimed series of Battleground Europe battlefield guides and the series of histories on the Pals Battalions of Kitchener's Army.
Speet Quality Books
Online bookshop sells rare and antiquarian manuscripts, books and photographs. The First World War is one of the specialities.
Tommies Guides was established as a mail order “one-stop-shop” by Ryan Gearing, who has many years experience of printing and publishing in the book trade. Tommies Guides aims to offer a wide range of titles for all levels of interest and will offer advice and information in the search for particular books or general publishing advice.
Turner Donovan Military Books
Turner Donovan Military Books offer the world’s finest selection of rare and out-of-print books on British military history from 1800 to 1945. Turner Donovan specializes in the First World War as well as British Colonial campaigns and the Second World War. Collections include Rolls of Honour, Official Histories, Trench Maps and Regimental Histories. A catalogue is issued every two months. The catalogue is available in printed form or can be searched and downloaded from the website.
World War Pictures
This is a website featuring images available to buy through mail order in the form of posters and photos from the First and Second World Wars. Sections of the site are dedicated to War Poets and War Artists.
Related Service for Researchers
French Freelance Translator
Brigitte De Cuyper, Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) and a member of the Institute of Linguists. All kinds of academic work, letters, leaflets, and brochure translation undertaken. To make an enquiry email or phone Brigitte:
Telephone: +44 7515 643235
Guidebooks for the WW1 Battlefields
Books to Buy Online
Before Endeavours Fade (Paperback)
by Rose E B Coombs
The first of the modern guidebooks to the Western Front battlefields. Highly recommended. Published by After the Battle (Edition May 2006). 248 pages. ISBN-10: 1870067622, ISBN-13: 978-1870067621
Passchendaele: Ypres (Battleground Europe) (Paperback)
by Nigel Cave
Illustrated guidebook to the area of Passchendaele and the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917. One of the popular books in the Battleground Europe series. Suitable for the first time visitor to the battlefields aswell as for those who can't visit but want to know more about the area and the battle. Published by Pen & Sword Books (2nd Edition Feb 1997). 160 pages. ISBN-10: 0850525586 and ISBN-13: 978-0850525588
Sheffield Pals: The 12th (Service) Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment [Paperback]
by Ralph Gibson and Paul Oldfield
Published by Pen & Sword. (April 2010). 256 pages. ISBN-10: 1848843445, ISBN-13: 978-1848843448
The Western Front Association: Book Reviews
The following link may be helpful for finding reviews of publications on a wide variety of subjects related to the First World War:
Website: www.westernfrontassociation.com Book etc Reviews
(WFA logo by kind permission of The Western Front Association)