Myths & Legends of the First World War

Myths & Legends of the First World War

James Hayward


through the First global warfare, a wealthy crop of legends sprouted from the battlefields and grew with such ferocity that many nonetheless excite controversy at the present time. This booklet is the 1st to envision the roots of these tales and display the reality. a few myths stay recognized. Did a whole battalion of the Norfolk Regiment vanish with out hint at Gallipoli in 1915? Did hundreds of thousands of Russian troops really go through England with snow on their boots? In 1914, an acute secret agent mania gripped the British public, who imagined that the rustic was once brimming with German spies. Xenophobia, denunciations and assaults on dachshunds have been rampant. Amazingly, there has been even speak of an enemy airplane shedding poisoned goodies to kill British teenagers. Myths comparable to the Angel of Mons and the Comrade in White have been extra blameless creations. without radio or tv, rumours of catastrophe have been rife, and the apparition of mystical father or mother spirits gave desire to the civilian inhabitants at domestic. different tales, reminiscent of the so-called Crucified Canadian, and the life of a ugly German corpse rendering manufacturing unit, have been extra sinister. but in an age of latest and startling applied sciences resembling poison fuel, submarine struggle and the tank, such stories seemed plausible. utilizing quite a lot of modern resources, James Hayward lines the tale of every fable and examines the most likely rationalization. Supported by way of a variety of infrequent photos and illustrations, the result's a refreshingly diversified point of view at the universal 'mud and ditchs' view of the 1st international struggle, laying off interesting new gentle on many curious and unexplained wartime stories.

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