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24hr Trench: A Day in the Life of a Frontline Tommy [Paperback]

Andrew Robertshaw
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13 Aug 2012
The trench was the frontline Tommy’s home. He lived, ate, slept, and sometimes died in this narrow passage amongst the slime of mud and blood on the Western Front. His washbasin was a mess-tin, his cooker – a small fire built into the wall, his entertainment – his friends, his fear – the man living in the trench on the other side of No Man’s Land. Over 6 million men died whilst serving in the trenches – how did they live in them? For the first time, World War I historian Andrew Robertshaw and a group of soldiers, archaeologists and historians use official manuals and diaries to build a real trench system and live in it for 24 hours, recreating the frontline Tommy’s daily existence, answering the questions: • how do you build a trench quietly? • how clean can you really get in a trench? • how easy is it to sleep? • how do you keep yourself entertained? • how to do you stay alive and kill the enemy? • And many more… Hour-by-hour, the Tommy’s day unfolds through stunning colour photographs in this ground-breaking experiment in Great War history.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (13 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075247667X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752476674
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 17 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Robertshaw was lead historical consultant for Spielberg's "War Horse" and briefly acted in the film as an officer. He is a museum curator, military historian, battlefield guide, Great War expert for the Army and the BBC, author, and broadcaster.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, everyone needs to read it 16 Jan 2013
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I LOVED this book, I really did. What a great and simple idea, to demonstrate to people what our forefathers really went through (now almost 100 years ago) for our future.

My 9 year old son loves it too - the pictures are excellent, and do not look staged, I especially liked the pages on the uniform, from underwear to coats, and webbing! Really well explained, all the little known facts and reasons why they did some of the things they did.

I have read it a couple of times now, and great for reference! Well done to the authors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a great little book 11 Jan 2014
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This is simply a great little book, it's a straight forward approach to exactly what it says, 24 Hours in the life of a trench, taken as a cross section in time on the Western Front, that my grandfathers and great uncles knew, but never spoke about.
The photographic representation was excellent and got the images fixed and explained often very simple everyday domestic things referred to in various trench diaries and or collections of Great War personal accounts, which because they were so commonplace to the men experiencing them they had no need to explain. The experimental living history aspect was brilliant, the preparation and experiencing of the making of the trench, the panels and revetments required and the sheer physical efforts required simply to move and place them (considering this would in reality have been done at night without light and under enemy fire) was as important as the actual trench diary itself.
Simplistic as this may appear to some reviewers, this is a book for anyone interested in the First world war, student or experienced scholar alike you will find some aspect of this book that will make you consider or reconsider facets of Trench life you had not previously explored, the Author is to be congratulated.
It will serve to make you read much more detailed accounts of trench warfare with a new perspective and hopefully better understanding of this daily routine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars history 29 Aug 2013
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Well written, good information given, more a facts and information book rather than a reading book about the trenches. Not as expected but a good read nonetheless.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fascinating 1 Sep 2012
I really enjoyed this book. Wonderfully detailed, and full of research and years of learning, this is a pioneering book based around the superb idea of recreating daily life in a First World War trench - its routines, its equipment, its food and so on. Re-enactors often concentrate on recreating battles and combat, but by recreating the everyday life of soldiers we often learn far more. This is an excellent book which is nicely illustrated throughout, making for a highly memorable work of reference for the study of the Great War.
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