First World War Centenary Prose Collection Vol. I

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This collection of non-fiction and fiction, with its companion poetry collection, commemorates the outbreak of the First World War on 28th July 1914. The majority of the items, all chosen by the readers, are in English, but the collection also includes pieces in Dutch, French, German and Ukrainian.

Please note that some works are still protected by copyright in countries which observe copyright laws based on the author's date of death.

Most items were written during or shortly after the war, but one or two have been included for their relevance in other ways. For more information about each piece, please see this document (PDF format), which also shows the authors' dates of death. (Summary by Ruth Golding) (26 hr 24 min)


Extraausgabe der Wiener Zeitung zum Attentat in Sarajewo 5:54 Read by Availle
History of the World War: Ch. 3 and 4 50:51 Read by MaryAnn
Extract from letter written by Rifleman C. H. Brazier 3:05 Read by Carol Box
Extract from letter written by Private Frederick W. Heath 7:17 Read by Carol Box
Avec une batterie de 75: Ma pièce, souvenirs d'un canonnier 1914 22:04 Read by Herman Roskams
The Soul of a Nation 11:55 Read by Phil Chenevert
France at War: On the Frontier of Civilization 17:09 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke 29:45 Read by Herman Roskams
The War Mania of Mr. Jinks and Mr. Blinks 11:29 Read by Algy Pug
Liberty: a Statement of the British Case 39:01 Read by Ruth Golding
Paths of Glory: Notes and Chapter 1 22:25 Read by Mary in Arkansas
Excerpt from Edith Cavell: Her Life Story 16:14 Read by Patrick Wallace
De electrische grensafsluiting 1:38 Read by Anna Simon
Ten Lessons on Food Conservation: Lesson 1 26:15 Read by MaryAnn
Das Feuer: Kapitel 1 9:59 Read by Julia Niedermaier
Neutral Nations and the War 26:57 Read by Sebastian Stephenson
The Conduct of the War by Sea: speech to the House of Commons, 1915 48:19 Read by Ruth Golding
Brieven uit den loopgraaf (in De Nieuwe Gids, 1916) 36:14 Read by Anna Simon
A glimpse of the British army 36:08 Read by ravenotation
Scott's Official History of the American Negro: Negro Women in War Work 54:44 Read by MaryAnn
Selections from the first issue of Stars and Stripes 59:28 Read by Maria Kasper
Somme Battle Stories: Close Quarters 9:33 Read by David Wales
War Letters of a Public-School Boy: In the Somme Battlefield 18:22 Read by Patrick Eaton
Поза межами болю. Переднє слово (Poza mezhamy boliu. Perednye slovo) 5:04 Read by Anastasiia Solokha
And They Thought We Wouldn't Fight: Wounded - How it Feels to Be Shot 35:25 Read by Maria Kasper
Extract from Oorlogstijd 1:05:12 Read by Anna Simon
Young Girls Fighting on the Russian Front 8:28 Read by The Buried Book
Finished with the War: A Soldier's Declaration 2:12 Read by Winston Tharp
A Diary Without Dates: Outside the Glass Doors 35:46 Read by Maria Kasper
Books in the War, the Romance of Library War Service: Chap. 10 38:37 Read by Ruth Golding
Extract from Journal of A Disappointed Man 6:17 Read by Patrick Wallace
Rilla of Ingleside: Chapter 18, A War Wedding 24:10 Read by Rachel
Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War: Chapter 8: Scouting from the Skies 30:57 Read by Maria Kasper
Het vluchtoord te Bergen op Zoom 17:37 Read by Anna Simon
Folkestone During the War: The Air Raids, Part 1 55:12 Read by Ruth Golding
Folkestone During the War: The Air Raids, Part 2 29:51 Read by Ruth Golding
The Battle of Jutland 54:48 Read by Algy Pug
Excerpt from Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons 51:38 Read by MaryAnn
Feeding an Army 45:41 Read by Ruth Golding
Night-work in a Munitions Factory 45:49 Read by Maria Kasper
Warfare under Water, from Pen Pictures of British Battles 10:28 Read by MaryAnn
De Belgen in Holland, 1914-1917 1:11:01 Read by Anna Simon
Excerpt from 'The Last Ride' from Fanny Goes to War 33:55 Read by Sue Anderson
Early Care of Gunshot Wounds of the Jaws and Surrounding Soft Parts, from Abstr… 35:11 Read by MaryAnn
Torpedoed 40:52 Read by Ruth Golding
Paths of Glory, Chapter 9: Viewing a Battle from a Balloon 39:22 Read by Mary in Arkansas
No Man's Land: A Point of Detail 39:32 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
The War in Africa and the Far East: Chapter 3, The Pacific Colonies and The Cap… 16:47 Read by MaryAnn
Kriegstagebuch 14:16 Read by Friedrich
The Children Of Our Dead from The Soul of the Soldier: Sketches from the Wester… 16:54 Read by Lynne T
The Moonlight Battle for Baghdad, from Pen Pictures of British Battles 8:32 Read by MaryAnn
Selected Letters from The American Spirit 54:09 Read by Frank Lennon
Alphabet de la grande guerre, 1914-1916 pour les enfants de nos soldats 9:28 Read by Herman Roskams
Chapter 1, Eighteen Months in the War Zone 44:27 Read by MaryAnn
The War as Art Critic 32:57 Read by Ruth Golding