War & Military

Henry Wirz, Commander of Andersonville Confederate Prison: Trial and Execution

Read by David Wales


United States Army Staff Judge Advocate


Henry Wirz (November 25, 1823 – November 10, 1865) was the only Confederate soldier tried after the end of the American Civi War. He was tri…

The Martyrdom of Man

Read by Algy Pug



William Winwood Reade (1838 - 1875) was a British historian, explorer, and philosopher. His most famous work, the Martyrdom of Man (1872)…

A Visit to Three Fronts: June 1916

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


In the course of May 1916, the Italian authorities expressed a desire that some independent observer from Great Britain should visit their l…

Captain Cook

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Walter Besant


James Cook (1728-1779), British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy was the son of a farm laborer. Apprenticed …

Observations of an Orderly

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Ward Muir


Ward Muir brings us into the heart of an English war hospital, describing scenes of cleanliness, triumph, order and sadness. Through the eye…

My Hunt After 'The Captain'

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


Holmes describes his frantic search through Civil War torn landscapes for his wounded son, the future Supreme Court Justice. Originally publ…

A Rebel's Recollections

Read by Lee Smalley


George Eggleston


George Cary Eggleston's Civil War memoir begins with a separate essay on the living conditions and political opinions of Virginia’s citizenr…

An Explorer in the Air Service

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Hiram Bingham


Explorer Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu in 1911, as recounted in his book Inca Lands, now released on LibriVox at http://librivox.org…

The Central Period of the Middle Age 918-1273

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Beatrice A. Lees


Beatrice Lees writes that the history of the period of the Middle Ages from 918 to 1273 is that of "a heroic period, the age of feudali…

Bismarck

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Georges Lacour-Gayet


Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) famously said, "The great questions of the day will not be settled by speeches or the decisions of the ma…

The Bomb: The 1945 Test of the First Atomic Bomb

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Various


These two publications put out by the U.S. government are about the Trinity site in New Mexico where in 1945 the first atomic bomb was teste…

Recollections And Letters Of General Robert E. Lee By His Son

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Robert E. Lee, Jr.


The life of the Confederate States of America general, Robert E. Lee, through the eyes of his youngest son, who was also a Confederate Army …

A Woman's Experiences in the Great War

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Louise Mack


An eye-witness account of the fall of Antwerp to the Germans in the opening months of World War I, Mack’s story has passages of extraordinar…

History of the Thirty Years War, Volume 3

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Friedrich Schiller


The History of the Thirty Years War is a five volume work, which followed his very successful History of the Revolt of the Netherlands. Writ…

Hardtack and Coffee

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John Billings


Hard Tack and Coffee: The Unwritten Story of Army Life (1887) is a memoir by John D. Billings, a veteran of the 10th Massachusetts Volunteer…

Notes of a Camp Follower on the Western Front

Read by Clive Catterall


E. W. Hornung


In 1915 Oscar Hornung, son of the famous author E W Hornung, was killed at Ypres after less than a year as a soldier in Flanders. He was onl…

A Soldier Of The Legion;An Englishman's Adventures Under The French Flag in Alg…

Read by David Wales


George Manington


An educated gentleman, Mr Manington has given an insight into the unusual experiences of an Englishman in the French Foreign Legion, such as…

France At War: On the Frontier of Civilization

Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)


Rudyard Kipling


In 1915, as the "Great War" (World War 1) entered its second year Rudyard Kipling made a journalistic tour of the front, visiting …

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