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All The Kaiser’s Men: The Life and Death of the German Army on the Western Front 1914-18

TownWalton on Thames
Start date25 March 2015 19:30
End date 25 March 2015 20:45
CategoryExhibitions and talks; First World War commemoration; Libraries

All the Kaisers men - book jacket


Walton library - Wednesday 25 March 2015, 7.30pm.

General information

Our perception of the protracted nature of trench warfare takes little account of life in the German trenches. Ian Passingham's book- All The Kaiser’s Men draws on diaries and letters to chart the hopes and despair of the German soldiers who went to war expecting a swift and crushing victory on the western front and believed that God and the Kaiser would protect them. It gives a unique insight into the daily life of the soldiers.

The book also looks at the impact of the war on the German home front as the Allied naval blockade led to increasing problems of food and fuel shortages raising the spectre of disease, hunger and starvation in the homeland.

Ian Passingham

As well as All The Kaiser's Men, Ian has written Pillars of Fire: The Battle of Messines Ridge June 1917, The German Offensives of 1918 : The Last Desperate Gamble and will publish the story of a medical officer, Back with the Mates I Left Behind, in 2014. Find Ian Passingham's books in Surrey Libraries.

Ian served in the British Army for 18 years before embarking on a career as a professional historian and defence analyst.

This is part of Surrey Libraries' War and Words programme of commemorative events for the First World War Centenary.

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Tickets, including refreshments £6.

Book online using debit or credit cards.

Telephone credit/card bookings on 01483 543599. SMS: 07968 32414. A small handling charge may apply.

Tickets can also be bought in person from any Surrey Library.

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  • Updated: 23 Feb 2015
  • Kay Hadwick
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