Book jacket: In order to reconstruct the lives & locate the records of those who served, fought, volunteered, or were conscripted, we must rely on a vast but relatively unknown body of resources. ...[this guide is] international in scope, covering the soldiers of all countries participating in the war, from Britain, Germany, & France, to Russia, Canada, & the U.S.; & from India, Australia, & Japan, to South Africa & Brazil! ...The first part of the book is designed to provide background on the organization of the military in 1914, the order of battle, how to use the records, & a general time-line of events, focusing on 1914 to 1918. The second part concentrates on the combatants, describing each country's armed forces, conscription history, & its military & naval records, &, to the greatest extent possible, their location. ... The third part of the book describes casualty lists & POW records, & provides a table showing changes in place names... The records covered here fall under the following headings: draft records, personnel papers, unit records, embarkation lists, death records & casualty reports, military parish registers, regimental returns, medal lists, entitlement lists, hospital registers, pension records, & diaries. A particularly useful section of the book, "Research Tips," describes the general organization of military records, the organization of those records in specific countries, & the condition & comprehensiveness of the records.