I have been remiss in announcing books written by staff and students (past and present) within the Centre for War Studies. Therefore the next few posts relate to a few books that have been recently published. Here is the first, written by John Sneddon who is a graduate of the Centre’s MA in British First World War Studies. John has distributed the following message through Facebook:
Thank you for showing this interest in my book on the opening months of the Great War published as “The Devil’s Carnival”.
I intend that all MY proceeds from this book will be gift-aided to the Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland in memory of Captain St John and the officers and men of the 1st Battalion in this centennial decade. This museum, like most Regimental museums, struggles to provide archive and research facilities on a shoestring so I have NO COMPULSION in asking you to forward this to all on your contacts on email and Facebook to encourage them to buy a copy in such a good cause, especially as Christmas is coming.
In addition the publishers will make a donation to the Western Front Association on each copy sold.
The book is based on the diaries of three of the battalion’s officers and I have expanded their text to place the daily actions of the battalion into the wider context of the BEF as a whole. The period covered is from 4 Aug. to 31 Dec and gives a graphic account of the fighting at Mons (where the incident of the use of children as a ‘human shield’ is recounted in the Official History), the Aisne, Neuve Chapelle and First Ypres. It may be as close as we can get, after a hundred years, to the ‘feel’ of what it was like for the men of an infantry battalion to come to grips with warfare for the first time.
The cost from myself will be £10 plus £3.50 for packaging and posting.
Thank you very much
John Mason Sneddon, The Devil’s Carnival: The First Hundred Days of Armageddon, 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, August – December 1914 (Eastbourne: Tommies Guides, 2012)