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David Davis08/12/2016 11:46:09
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There was recently a request on this forum for suggestions for books on the Miners' Strike of 1984 so I would like to put in another request for a book which has nothing to do with aeromodelling.

I have recently got to know a German lady whose grandfather was killed on the Chemin Des Dames in 1917. I caught her looking through my book and DVD collection on the Great War the other day and though she reads English, all of my books are a bit specialised, I no longer have a general history of the First World War.

I would like to buy her a book for Christmas, on the history of the Great War, ideally written in German.

We have several German speakers and German residents on the forum, I'm hoping that someone will be able to point me in the right direction.

Tom Sharp 208/12/2016 14:36:33
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Might be worth contacting the Imperial War Museum

David Davis08/12/2016 16:16:25
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Thank you Tom. I have contacted the IWM by phone but they were too busy to respond. I'll phone htem again soon.

I have also sent an email in my extremely rusty German to the German equivalent of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

kc08/12/2016 16:40:34
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I am tempted to repeat Basil Fawlty's advice and say " don't mention the war" but instead I am going to say if you type in and then search for WW1 you get their german site with books in German. You might then search for a title that you can also find in the English site.

Braddock, VC08/12/2016 17:50:11
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Couple of German language books that may resonate with her, a novel all quiet on the western front the other is the first volume of mein Kampf though you may need deep pockets to pick up one of those.

Kevin 21608/12/2016 18:23:45
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You could try Abebooks - they have a search facility that will search many book dealers in the UK.

David Davis08/12/2016 18:26:06
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Don't you mean, "Im Western nichts Neues?" wink. Good call Braddock, I'll get her that one.

As for "Mein Kampf," I had the opportunity to buy one in an antiques shop in South Molton years ago. It was in English. Every English-speaking prisoner of war was given one.

Tom Sharp 208/12/2016 18:36:52
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Braddock is right on price, some original post, World War1, books written in German are the price of gold. Due to the Nazi's having book burning sessions.

The Roto Flieger? (the Red Fighter Pilot) the biography of Manfred Von Richthoven, known as The Red Baron can be found in several languages.

Von Richthofen wrote his own memoirs which describe the horrors of the constant slaughter. Short but good.

David Davis08/12/2016 20:33:15
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Thank you gentlemen.

I found her a book about the Chemin Des Dames written in German on Amazon's German website.

David Davis27/12/2016 16:18:23
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Just a note to say that she was delighted with her book!

I thought that it might have been a bit of a risky Christmas present as the Great War is a major interest of mine not hers. However, if either of my grandfathers had been killed in the war, and I didn't know much about it, I might have been interested in a book on the subject. As it was, both of my grandfathers survived the war. One served in the Royal Engineers and the other, a professional soldier in 1914, was wounded four times and was awarded the Military Medal in the last week of the war.

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