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The First World War Retold
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IWM was founded on 5 March 1917 when the War Cabinet approved a proposal by Sir Alfred Mond MP for the creation of a national war museum to record the events still taking place during the First World War. The intention was to collect and display material as a record of everyone's experiences during the war - civilian and military - and to commemorate the sacrifices of all sections of society.The First World War Retold tells the story of that war from a fresh perspective, fully illustrated with objects, photographs and works of art from IWM's unparalleled collections. It presents events as they happened, through quotations from diaries, letters or reported conversations written or spoken within hours, days or weeks of the events they describe. Through these voices and objects - emotive, immediate, and sometimes surprising - the story of the war is retold from a compelling new angle, allowing us to both understand and reflect upon the landmark conflict that still shapes our lives today.
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Foreword by HRH The Duke of CambridgeIntroduction by Hew Strachan1. Hope and Glory2. Shock3. Your Country Needs You4. Deadlock5. World War6. Feeding the Front7. Total War8. At All Costs9. Life at the Front10. Machines Against Men11. Breaking Down12. Seizing Victory13. War Without End

About the Author

Paul Cornish has worked at the Imperial War Museum since 1989, chiefly as a curator in the Department of Exhibits, which cares for the museum's over 140,000 3D objects. He is IWM's firearms specialist and the author of 'Machine Guns and the Great War'. Between 2010 and 2014 Paul worked as Senior Curator on the First World War Galleries Project, and was a key part of the small team who created the content for IWM London's gound-breaking new First World War Galleries.

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