The Story of World War One by Richard Brassey

The Story of World War One

Written by Richard Brassey

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It began 100 years ago. They said it would be over by Christmas. They were wrong.

Read about the tanks and trenches, bombs and battlefields that make up the chilling story of World War One. Did you know that German Zeppelins were made from cow intestines, the same material as sausage skins, so sausages were banned in Germany? Or that the fighting was stopped on Christmas Day 1914, so that German and British soldiers could play football in no man's land?

Richard Brassey's unique and accessible style has proved enormously popular with children, and this book will provide an easy way to explain the importance of the event to young readers.


The Story of World War One by Richard Brassey


Find out some amazing facts about World War One which began 100 years ago from Richard Brassey, author of the successful THE STORY OF THE OLYMPICS. Brassey brings World War One to life in this unique take on the history and events of one of the 20th century's most important episodes. Full of wonderful, full-colour illustrations and interesting stories, this is a timely addition to existing books on the subject that will interest even the most reluctant readers. Illustrated throughout this 24 page book will captivate readers of all ages.

Why not try out some of these questions (answers at the bottom):

1. A man was shot and killed in 1914 and his death was responsible for the start of the war. Who was he?

2. where was the Western Front?

3. Which country invade France?

4. What di the German and British troops do on Christmas Day 1914?

5. Why were trenches zigzagged rather than built in straight lines?

6. What did many British women do while their husband's were away fighting in the war?

7. What is a zeppelin?

8. What is a U-boat?

9. What does Armistice mean?

10. How many people were killed during World War One?


1. Archduke Franz Ferdinand

2. Belgium and France

3. Germany

4. Played Football

5. so that bombs exploding didn't send shrapnel straight along the trench

6. Worked in munitions factories building bombs

7. An airship

8. A submarine

9. Ceasefire

10. Over 16 million

About the Author

Richard Brassey is the author and illustrator of a host of colourful and original non-fiction books for children, among them the bestselling Nessie the Loch Ness Monster and The Story of Scotland, which won the TES/Saltire Society Award. He lives in London.

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24 pages


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Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

5th June 2014




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