First World War Centenary Prose Collection Vol. I


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)

Genre(s): War & Military Fiction, War & Military

Language: Multilingual

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 Extraausgabe der Wiener Zeitung zum Attentat in Sarajewo Unknown Etext Availle
00:05:54 de
Play 02 History of the World War: Ch. 3 and 4 Francis Andrew March Etext MaryAnn
00:50:51 en
Play 03 Extract from letter written by Rifleman C. H. Brazier C. H. Brazier Etext Carol Box
00:03:05 en
Play 04 Extract from letter written by Private Frederick W. Heath Frederick W. Heath Etext Carol Box
00:07:17 en
Play 05 Avec une batterie de 75: Ma pièce, souvenirs d'un canonnier 1914 Paul Lintier Etext Herman Roskams
00:22:04 fr
Play 06 The Soul of a Nation Arthur Foley Winnington-Ingram Etext Phil Chenevert
00:11:55 en
Play 07 France at War: On the Frontier of Civilization Rudyard Kipling Etext Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:17:09 en
Play 08 Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke Rainer Maria Rilke Etext Herman Roskams
00:29:45 de
Play 09 The War Mania of Mr. Jinks and Mr. Blinks Stephen Leacock Etext Algy Pug
00:11:29 en
Play 10 Liberty: a Statement of the British Case Arnold Bennett Etext Ruth Golding
00:39:01 en
Play 11 Paths of Glory: Notes and Chapter 1 Irvin S. Cobb Etext Mary in Arkansas
00:22:25 en
Play 12 Excerpt from Edith Cavell: Her Life Story Herbert Leeds Etext Patrick Wallace
00:16:14 en
Play 13 De electrische grensafsluiting Unknown Etext Anna Simon
00:01:38 nl
Play 14 Ten Lessons on Food Conservation: Lesson 1 United States Food Administration Etext MaryAnn
00:26:15 en
Play 15 Das Feuer: Kapitel 1 Henri Barbusse Etext Julia Niedermaier
00:09:59 de
Play 16 Neutral Nations and the War James Bryce Etext Sebastian Stephenson
00:26:57 en
Play 17 The Conduct of the War by Sea: speech to the House of Commons, 1915 Winston S. Churchill Etext Ruth Golding
00:48:19 en
Play 18 Brieven uit den loopgraaf (in De Nieuwe Gids, 1916) Arthur Knaap Etext Anna Simon
00:36:14 nl
Play 19 A glimpse of the British army Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Etext ravenotation
00:36:08 en
Play 20 Scott's Official History of the American Negro: Negro Women in War Work Alice Dunbar Nelson Etext MaryAnn
00:54:44 en
Play 21 Selections from the first issue of Stars and Stripes American Expeditionary Forces Etext Maria Kasper
00:59:28 en
Play 22 Somme Battle Stories: Close Quarters Alec John Dawson Etext David Wales
00:09:33 en
Play 23 War Letters of a Public-School Boy: In the Somme Battlefield Henry Paul Mainwaring Jones Etext Patrick Eaton
00:18:22 en
Play 24 Поза межами болю. Переднє слово (Poza mezhamy boliu. Perednye slovo) Osyp Turiansky Etext Anastasiia Solokha
00:05:04 uk
Play 25 And They Thought We Wouldn't Fight: Wounded - How it Feels to Be Shot Floyd Phillips Gibbons Etext Maria Kasper
00:35:25 en
Play 26 Extract from Oorlogstijd Willem Treub Etext Anna Simon
01:05:12 nl
Play 27 Young Girls Fighting on the Russian Front Unknown Etext The Buried Book
00:08:28 en
Play 28 Finished with the War: A Soldier's Declaration Siegfried Sassoon Etext Winston Tharp
00:02:12 en
Play 29 A Diary Without Dates: Outside the Glass Doors Enid Bagnold Etext Maria Kasper
00:35:46 en
Play 30 Books in the War, the Romance of Library War Service: Chap. 10 Theodore Wesley Koch Etext Ruth Golding
00:38:37 en
Play 31 Extract from Journal of A Disappointed Man W. N. P. Barbellion Etext Patrick Wallace
00:06:17 en
Play 32 Rilla of Ingleside: Chapter 18, A War Wedding Lucy Maud Montgomery Etext Rachel
00:24:10 en
Play 33 Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War: Chapter 8: Scouting from the Skies Frederick A. Talbot Etext Maria Kasper
00:30:57 en
Play 34 Het vluchtoord te Bergen op Zoom Gustave Jaspaers Etext Anna Simon
00:17:37 nl
Play 35 Folkestone During the War: The Air Raids, Part 1 Arthur J. Crowhurst Etext Ruth Golding
00:55:12 en
Play 36 Folkestone During the War: The Air Raids, Part 2 Arthur J. Crowhurst Etext Ruth Golding
00:29:51 en
Play 37 The Battle of Jutland John Buchan Etext Algy Pug
00:54:48 en
Play 38 Excerpt from Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons Frederick A. Talbot Etext MaryAnn
00:51:38 en
Play 39 Feeding an Army Albert Kinross Etext Ruth Golding
00:45:41 en
Play 40 Night-work in a Munitions Factory Winifred Brooke Irvine Etext Maria Kasper
00:45:49 en
Play 41 Warfare under Water, from Pen Pictures of British Battles Rudyard Kipling Etext MaryAnn
00:10:28 en
Play 42 De Belgen in Holland, 1914-1917 Gustave Jaspaers Etext Anna Simon
01:11:01 nl
Play 43 Excerpt from 'The Last Ride' from Fanny Goes to War Catharine Marguerite Beauchamp Washington Etext Sue Anderson
00:33:55 en
Play 44 Early Care of Gunshot Wounds of the Jaws and Surrounding Soft Parts, from Abstracts of War Surgery United States Surgeon-General's Office Etext MaryAnn
00:35:11 en
Play 45 Torpedoed Albert Kinross Etext Ruth Golding
00:40:52 en
Play 46 Paths of Glory, Chapter 9: Viewing a Battle from a Balloon Irvin S. Cobb Etext Mary in Arkansas
00:39:22 en
Play 47 No Man's Land: A Point of Detail Sapper Etext Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:39:32 en
Play 48 The War in Africa and the Far East: Chapter 3, The Pacific Colonies and The Capture of Kiao-Chau Herbert Charles O'Neill Etext MaryAnn
00:16:47 en
Play 49 Kriegstagebuch Gerrit Engelke Etext Friedrich
00:14:16 de
Play 50 The Children Of Our Dead from The Soul of the Soldier: Sketches from the Western Battle Front Thomas Tiplady Etext Lynne T
00:16:54 en
Play 51 The Moonlight Battle for Baghdad, from Pen Pictures of British Battles Edmund Candler Etext MaryAnn
00:08:32 en
Play 52 Selected Letters from The American Spirit Briggs Kilburn Adams Etext Frank Lennon
00:54:09 en
Play 53 Alphabet de la grande guerre, 1914-1916 pour les enfants de nos soldats André Hellé Etext Herman Roskams
00:09:28 fr
Play 54 Chapter 1, Eighteen Months in the War Zone Kate John Finzi Etext MaryAnn
00:44:27 en
Play 55 The War as Art Critic Lee Simonson Etext Ruth Golding
00:32:57 en