Many troops passed through Southampton on their way to the Western Front and it played a vital role as a staging post for departing troops and those returning badly injured.
Many of men from Southampton also joined up and the enormity of human sacrifice that the families of Southampton were committed to as the war stretched out over the next four years was immense.
The Great War affected everyone. At home there were wounded soldiers in military hospitals, refugees from Belgium and later on German prisoners of war. There were food and fuel shortages and disruption to schooling. The role of women changed dramatically and they undertook a variety of work undreamed of in peacetime. Meanwhile, men serving in the armed forces were scattered far and wide. Extracts from contemporary letters reveal their heroism and give insights into what it was like under battle conditions.
On the Road to Victory
By: Michael Harrison
The Canal Line
By: Jerry Murland
Slaughter Over Sicily
By: Charles Whiting
Dunkirk Nine Days That Saved An Army
By: John Grehan
English Collusion and the Norman Conquest
By: Arthur C Wright
By: Walter Ludde-Neurath
Foreword by: Jürgen Rohwer
Battles and Battlefields of Ancient Greece
By: Dr Matthew A. Sears, Dr C. Jacob Butera
A Storm of Spears
By: Christopher Matthew
The Red Army in Combat 1941-1945
By: Bob Carruthers