"THE TIMES" HISTORY OF THE WAR has been framed with the object of producing an account of the great contest now in progress, which shall be at once popular and authoritative. While striving to be popular in the best sense of the word, and endeavouring to discuss the political factors which have led up to the crisis and the military operations of the war, in a manner which will prove useful to those who have not hitherto followed European policy with any very close attention, this history will also aim at securing a genuine position as a work of reference. It will
be an account written by men of great experience in political, military, and naval matters, and will contain a great deal of first-hand material which will be really valuable to historians of the future.
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It is, for obvious reasons, impossible that a history of contemporary events, many of the most important of which are shrouded in the fog of war, can lay claim to the fullness of information, and consequently the stability of judgment, which are within reach of an historian writing many years after the events have taken place. But it will be the endeavour of the composers of this history to approximate as nearly as may be to the historical standard attainable in ordinary circumstances, and so far as the conditions allow to present a faithful record of the progress of the struggle which is the subject of their narrative. The history of this War will not consist merely of a resume of matter which has appeared in The Times, but will draw upon other sources as well, with the object of laying before the public the most accurate and complete account of the War that will for a long time be available.
In order to attain this result The Times, in addition to its own staff, has succeeded in obtaining the services of writers well versed in Military and Naval affairs and in foreign political matters not always sufficiently comprehended in this country. The general supervision and arrangement of the volumes is in the charge of the Editor of the various special supplements which, whether dealing with individual countries or with great industries, have been recognized all over the world for their authority and completeness.
|Volume#||Year||Pages||OCR Text*||Descriptive web page||Download link|
|Volume 1 (click to read)||1914||581||Volume 1 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofw01londuoft||https://ia802705.us.archive.org/7/items/timeshistoryofw01londuoft/timeshistoryofw01londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 2 (click to read)||1915||534||Volume 2 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa02londuoft||https://ia601407.us.archive.org/19/items/timeshistoryofwa02londuoft/timeshistoryofwa02londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 3 (click to read)||1915||530||Volume 3 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa03lond||https://ia800308.us.archive.org/20/items/timeshistoryofwa03lond/timeshistoryofwa03lond.pdf|
|Volume 4 (click to read)||1915||564||Volume 4 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa04londuoft||https://ia801406.us.archive.org/29/items/timeshistoryofwa04londuoft/timeshistoryofwa04londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 5 (click to read)||1915||536||Volume 5 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa05londuoft||https://ia601404.us.archive.org/6/items/timeshistoryofwa05londuoft/timeshistoryofwa05londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 6 (click to read)||1916||528||Volume 6 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa06londuoft||https://ia601404.us.archive.org/6/items/timeshistoryofwa05londuoft/timeshistoryofwa05londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 7 (click to read)||1916||524||Volume 7 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa07londuoft||https://ia801406.us.archive.org/0/items/timeshistoryofwa07londuoft/timeshistoryofwa07londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 8 (click to read)||1916||528||Volume 8 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa08lond||https://ia800304.us.archive.org/17/items/timeshistoryofwa08lond/timeshistoryofwa08lond.pdf|
|Volume 9 (click to read)||1916||536||Volume 9 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa09lond||https://ia800500.us.archive.org/7/items/timeshistoryofwa09lond/timeshistoryofwa09lond.pdf|
|Volume 10 (click to read)||1917||528||Volume 10 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa10lond||https://ia600300.us.archive.org/31/items/timeshistoryofwa10lond/timeshistoryofwa10lond.pdf|
|Volume 11 (click to read)||1917||524||Volume 11 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa11londuoft||https://ia601402.us.archive.org/17/items/timeshistoryofwa11londuoft/timeshistoryofwa11londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 12 (click to read)||1917||504||Volume 12 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/historywartimes12londuoft||https://ia800204.us.archive.org/17/items/historywartimes12londuoft/historywartimes12londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 13 (click to read)||1917||484||Volume 13 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa13londuoft||https://ia800203.us.archive.org/19/items/timeshistoryofwa13londuoft/timeshistoryofwa13londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 14 (click to read)||1918||482||Volume 14 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/historywartimes14londuoft||https://ia801407.us.archive.org/6/items/historywartimes14londuoft/historywartimes14londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 15 (click to read)||1918||484||Volume 15 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa15londuoft||https://ia800304.us.archive.org/28/items/timeshistoryofwa15londuoft/timeshistoryofwa15londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 16 (click to read)||1918||484||Volume 16 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/historywartimes16londuoft||https://ia601408.us.archive.org/33/items/historywartimes16londuoft/historywartimes16londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 17 (click to read)||1918||484||Volume 17 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/historywartimes17londuoft||https://ia802604.us.archive.org/0/items/historywartimes17londuoft/historywartimes17londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 18 (click to read)||1918||478||Volume 18 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa18londuoft||https://ia802607.us.archive.org/6/items/timeshistoryofwa18londuoft/timeshistoryofwa18londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 19 (click to read)||1919||484||Volume 19 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa19londuoft||https://ia902605.us.archive.org/26/items/timeshistoryofwa19londuoft/timeshistoryofwa19londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 20 (click to read)||1919||494||Volume 20 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa20londuoft||https://ia800207.us.archive.org/4/items/timeshistoryofwa20londuoft/timeshistoryofwa20londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 21 (click to read)||1920||482||Volume 21 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa21londuoft||https://ia800502.us.archive.org/26/items/timeshistoryofwa21londuoft/timeshistoryofwa21londuoft.pdf|
|Volume 22 (click to read)||1921||574||Volume 22 OCR text||https://archive.org/details/timeshistoryofwa22londuoft||https://ia902608.us.archive.org/8/items/timeshistoryofwa22londuoft/timeshistoryofwa22londuoft.pdf>|