1914 First Blood

Tommy Gunn series: book 1

Meet TOM Gunn, a young infantry lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters, just back on leave from India as Europe catches ablaze in the chaotic summer of 1914.

The British Expeditionary Force is off to France and Gunn is determined to join the war before it’s over. He joins a hastily formed mixed battalion of reservists, regular and territorial soldiers to find themselves pitchforked into the mayhem of the Battles of the Marne, the Aisne and then the drawn out agony of Ypres as the high hopes of summer sink into the frozen trenches of the winter of 1914. But by the time of the Christmas Truce with the Germans, Thaddeus Gunn and his men begin to realise that this is going to be a long war – and they will be lucky to survive.

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‘This gripping novel has the triple advantage of being superbly written, true-to-life down to the least military detail, and very exciting’ Andrew Roberts, historian and author

‘Enjoyed this greatly, the action was well described and authentic sounding, and the main character was plausible and engaging. Only reason I haven’t given 5 stars is that it was too short! Eagerly awaiting next book in series.’

‘Couldn’t put this book down. Love the way the history is subtlety interwoven with the story. Factually accurate too from the perspective of an infantry soldier.’

‘An excellent book. It is so realistic that Battlefield Tour guides and serious military researchers are recommended not to read it as it could so easily lead to mixing fiction with fact.’

‘This is a book I enjoyed reading and I would recommend it, even if war books aren`t normally on your list of interests. I look forward to more in this series.’