WWI The Best Novels About World War 1  

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List Rules Fiction books that use WWI as a setting or major theme

Love historical fiction? This list of the best novels about World War 1 is perfect for you!  This list attempts to answer the question, "What are the best historical fiction books about World War 1?" But with so many good books to choose from, there's bound to be some debate about the best WW1 books. And that's just fine. Voting for your favorite WW1 novel will help us finally decide which books are the most beloved.

Also known as the First World War, this global war lasted from 1914 – 1918. It was the fifth deadliest war in the world’s history. Until the approach of second World War, it was simply referred to as the Great War or World War. The war involved most of the world’s countries that drew together and eventually formed into two separate alliances: the Allies and the Central Powers. Ultimately over 70 military personnel, including 60 million European military personnel were mobilized into one of the largest wars in history. The underlying cause of the war was the 28 June 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, by Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo.

The end-result of the murder set off a diplomatic crisis; within weeks the war began, spreading the conflict across the world. The League of Nations was formed as a direct result of the war. While many timeless stories have been written about the events that took place in the war, this list focuses on perhaps the best WWI fictional novels.
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All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Erich Maria Remarque

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81 27
A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Ernest Hemingway

3
46 10
August 1914 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
AndrewKern added Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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28 4
The four horsemen of the Apoca... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

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39 10
A Very Long Engagement is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Sébastien Japrisot

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45 15
Regeneration Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1

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57 24
Birdsong: a Novel of Love and ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1

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42 14
Johnny Got His Gun is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
sebbzor added Dalton Trumbo

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28 5
Storm of Steel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Mollevangsvagen added Ernst Jünger

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33 9
The Good Soldier Švejk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Jaroslav Hašek

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31 8
Journey to the End of the Nigh... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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40 15
Fall of Giants is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Ken Follett

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30 8
A Soldier of the Great War is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1

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24 8
Journey's End is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
R. C. Sherriff

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16 3
Forest of the Hanged is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
RazvanPop added Liviu Rebreanu

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11 1
Guignol's band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Mollevangsvagen added Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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15 3
Sturm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Mollevangsvagen added Ernst Jünger

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20 8
The Return of the Soldier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1

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17 7
And Quiet Flows the Don is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov

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17 7
The Road Back is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Erich Maria Remarque

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21 11
Three Day Road is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Joseph Boyden

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21 11
War Horse (War Horse, #1) is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Michael Morpurgo

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13 4
Testament of Youth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
mk1124 added Vera Brittain

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19 10
Maisie Dobbs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Jacqueline Winspear

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8 1
Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Brody Hillstock added Richard Aldington

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13 6
Ashenden: Or the British Agent is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
W. Somerset Maugham

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15 8
The First Casualty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
David L. Seidman, Ben Elton

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13 7
In Pale Battalions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Robert Goddard

29
14 8
Random Harvest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
James Hilton

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13 8
The Wars is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
GillesC.Potvin added Timothy Findley

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13 8
Flanders is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Patricia Anthony

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15 11
Birds Without Wings is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Louis de Bernières

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10 6
Sardinian brigade is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Emilio Lussu

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6 2
The comedy of Charleroi, and o... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Mollevangsvagen added Pierre Drieu La Rochelle

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10 7
Private Peaceful is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Michael Morpurgo

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9 6
The Daughters of Mars is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Thomas Keneally

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9 6
After the war is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Richard Marius

38
9 6
A sailor of Austria is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
John Biggins

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9 6
Winged Victory is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
V. M. Yeates

40
3 0
Belmedon, 1914 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
warfreak added 13 year-old Gabriel becomes separated from his parents, and finds himself in charge of his little sister in the midst of a Europe mobilizing for war

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9 7
The Officers' Ward is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Marc Dugain

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1 0
Covenant With Death is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
TrevJohns added John Harris, John Harris

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1 0
The Winter Soldier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
jhomziak added Daniel Mason https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Soldier-Daniel-Mason/dp/0316477605/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539448983&sr=8-1&keywords=the+winter+soldier+daniel+mason

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5 5
hard to catch mercy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
William Baldwin

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0 0
The Passing Bells (trilogy) is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Carrie Habib added Phillip Rock

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0 0
The Winter Soldier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
jhomziak added

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9 10
One of Ours is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Willa Cather

48
6 7
Rilla of Ingleside is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Lucy Maud Montgomery

49
6 8
Long Road to Baghdad is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Catrin Collier

50
5 8
The Book of Secrets is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
M.G. Vassanji