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Augustus and the Great War [Kindle Edition]

A J Warren
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Anything you do, even your presence elsewhere in time, can cause ripples. Sometimes, the ripples can have a bigger effect than you realise, and then things can change ...

Granddad told me he could travel through time using a First World War compass to guide the way. He said that he got the compass from his father who was given it by a young infantryman during the War. And then he told me I was that young infantryman, and that I’d have to go back in time to give the compass to my great-grandfather.
The whistles blew. We stood and fixed bayonets. Then we clambered up the ladders and over the parapet into the fog of smoke and gas, the machine-gun bullets plucking at the soil all around us. We crossed the muddy fields, and using rifle and grenade, house by house, we forced the Germans from the village.
But then I knew I must face my biggest trial. I had to join the attack on Hill 70, the infamous German stronghold. I knew my great-grandfather lay wounded on the hill, and that unless I could get to him, I would never be born.

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My interest in the Great War was fired by two events, many years apart. The first was a gift from my grandfather when I was still a boy; he gave me his well-worn copy of John Ellis' excellent account of life on the Western Front, Eye-deep in Hell. The second was the discovery years later, by my father, of letters, photographs and a diary belonging to his grandfather; a man who, it transpired, had served in the 1/18th London Regiment (London Irish Rifles) during the Great War.
I was both fascinated and moved when I read those letters, and I determined to discover more about the war, his part in it, and the social context within which it was fought. I spent several years indulging my passion for the Great War: visiting the battlefields; attending talks and events; enjoying the opportunity of discussing the War with knowledgeable enthusiasts.
Having gathered a wealth of information on the London Irish in particular and the War in general, I wondered how best to use it. There are plenty of non-fiction books about the Great War gracing the shelves of most bookshops; I have many of them. But I wanted to make the history of the War more accessible.
My stories, then, are historically accurate, although fictional, accounts; the stories of the men, and boys, who fought alongside my great-grandfather and brought about a momentous victory through determination, courage, and, perhaps, humour in adversity.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down but..... 15 Mar. 2014
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Terrific fantasy with perhaps some scientific basis, certainly historically accurate. Great story line which be appropriate for GCSE history students rather than those who have some knowledge of WW 1. Still in all I did enjoy the book though the ending was a bit weak.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Augustus 23 Feb. 2014
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could not put it down the story was fantastic and it drew you in to the subject and made you realise what it must have been like
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 1 Oct. 2013
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This is not the type of book I would normally read, but I really enjoyed it! It was well researched and the story is told with a warm sense of humour. Augustus is a very believable and likeable character. I would highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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First Class as usual from AJ Warren would highly recommend!
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