NEW EBOOK - Myths and Mysteries of the First World War
From the Angel of Mons to the sealed cargo on the torpedoed liner
Lusitania, from the secret evidence in the Nurse Edith Cavell trial to
the haunted U-boat, the First World War was a hotbed of mysteries and
myths. This book explores the best known in the light of latest evidence
from declassified documents.
The First World War had a massive impact on the peoples of the time.
The wide scope of the fighting and enormous human tragedy marked the
popular mind as no other war had. Part of the impact was made by the
huge number of legends, myths and mysteries that circulated among the
front line soldiers and among civilians or were reported in the media.
In this book military historian Leonard James goes back to the
original sources, unearths obscure government records kept secret for
decades and seeks to get back to the truth of what went on. He
disentangles the confusion between the very real Angel of Mons and the
fictional “Bowmen” story in the press. He reveals the evidence
suppressed for so long about Edith Cavell, the nurse shot by the
Germans. He finally solves the conundrum of who actually shot down the
Red Baron. He seeks the truth behind the mysterious “sealed cargo” on
board the British liner Lusitania when she was torpedoed with the loss
of over 1,000 lives. He tracks down the story of the Phantom Piper of
the Black Watch, seeks out the German eyewitness to the RFC “death
flight” and tries to track down the elusive, but deadly Gurkha with the
silver kukri. Be it the Ghost Plane of Calais, the Madonna of Albert,
the Russian soldiers in London, the Lost Battalion, the fate of Captain
Ball, the antics of the Mad Major or the mysterious airman known as
“Ballooning Bertie” you will find it all in this fascinating, mystifying
and at times amusing but carefully researched foray into the Myths and
Mysteries of the First World War.
About the Author
Leonard James is the grand son or great nephew of three soildiers
who fought in the trenches of the Western Front in France. His father
served in RAF Bomber Command in World War II and he has written a number
of books about the Second World War. This is his first book about the
First World War, but is far from being the last.
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