I’m interested in finding a book that gives a solid background on WWI. If you could recommend a book that fits the following criteria, well, I would kiss you if I could.
[li]Is well-written (read: attention-keeping) [/li][li]Has a thorough explanation of the events leading up to the war[/li][li]Discusses in detail combat strategy, tactics, weapons, equipment, etc., including much info on gas warfare[/li][li]States accurate casualty statistics (as best as known)[/li][li]Discusses PTSD/shell-shock/combat trauma in reasonable detail for a book of this scope[/li][li]Is under 450 pages[/li][/ul]
I’m particularly interested in the war from a British perspective, or at the very least, not from a US perspective. If the book is completely neutral, that’s fine, but I don’t want something that focuses on the US’s efforts.
Also, in the recesses of my memory is an image of a book (owned by my history teacher) that was nothing but photographs of WWI war wounds. If you have come across such a book and could relay its title, that would be fantastic.
Thanks in advance.