WWI The Best Novels About World War 1  

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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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83 27
A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Ernest Hemingway

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49 11
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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49 15
Regeneration Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1

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60 25
Birdsong: a Novel of Love and ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1

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28 4
The four horsemen of the Apoca... is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Sébastien Japrisot

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45 15
Fall of Giants is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Ken Follett

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30 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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42 15
Johnny Got His Gun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
sebbzor added Dalton Trumbo

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34 9
The Good Soldier Švejk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Jaroslav Hašek

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32 8
Journey to the End of the Nigh... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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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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21 8
The Return of the Soldier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1

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15 3
Sturm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Mollevangsvagen added Ernst Jünger

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18 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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21 10
Maisie Dobbs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Jacqueline Winspear

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

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14 4
Testament of Youth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
mk1124 added Vera Brittain

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18 8
The Road Back is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Erich Maria Remarque

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10 1
Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Brody Hillstock added Richard Aldington

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21 12
Three Day Road is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Joseph Boyden