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Death's Men: Soldiers of the Great War (Penguin history) [Paperback]

Denis Winter
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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1 Jan 1988 Penguin history
The story of the Great War, told by the soldiers themselves.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (1 Jan 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140168222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140168228
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and moving study 26 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
One of the best books on the Great War you can buy. Profoundly moving, particularly towards the end when the soldiers returned home and the sections on the cemeteries. Even more so now as more years have passed and more old soldiers have passed on.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Account 9 Jun 2004
By JD
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I cannot believe the French reader's comments! This has to be one of the definative books about WW1 soldiers, particularly those in the frontline. It also happens to be written in a sensitive and understated style that suited me perfectly. Highly recommended.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I first read this book about 4 years ago and sobbed my way through the final accounts written by men who had fought at the front. It's not all doom and gloom! It is a funny, truthful and sometimes painful account written by the men who served at the front. It isn't untill you read a book like this that you can truely appreciate what was going on not only on the front, but the reception these veterans recieved upon their return to Britain. I would love to see this book on the curiculem list for every senior school for maybe then everyone one would remember just how much we owe to our "brave and valient boys".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death's Men 26 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book for all students who want to know what it was like for the ordinary man in the trenches in WW1. I have read countless books on the subject, but the detail and information in this book are amazing. There is one simple reason for this, look at the date when this book was published. The author has obviously spoken to a lot of survivors personally, at a time when they were still able to remember clearly what actually took place. A lot of WW1 books published in recent years are based on written memoirs, because the men have long since died.
Winter researched and wrote this book at a time when no one was hardly interested in WW1. One of the very few authors who took the opportunity to speak to these men face to face, and ask questions we are no longer able to do. Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I had the very good fortune to be taught history at, Watford Boys Grammar School, by the author in the late 1970s and remember Mr Winter being invited back to discuss his book after it had been published.

As other revuers have commented, it is a book of great scholarship and humanity and reflects Mr winters infectious interest in history and those often disregarded by it.

I can cannot recommend it too highly or his other book about WW1 fighter pilots.Buy , beg or steel a copy if you can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best. Great place to start WW1 5 Oct 2012
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Having studied the First for a few years now I have made my way through all of Lynn Macdonalds, Jack Sheldon books and many others. This one was overlooked on my shelf for 9 months till a stay in a hospital forced me into reading it.

The book was simply excellent. I enjoyed it as much as Lynn Macdonalds; They Called it Passchendaele and is quite simply one of the best war books I have read. The book is very grass roots and rather than other books with Date, Corp, Division, Brigade, Regiment, Battalion at Hill xx with supporting artillery pieces etc etc it gives the reader a very shadowed almost ignorant view and a deeply personal feel. Not forgetting we all read war books with the benefits of hindsight. The book is also excellent in its coverage of post war and attitude towards the Germans.

These are only my opinions. Having read 21+ books on the First World War I was impressed how it was still able to offer me something new on the war and realise how our limited knowledge of our own history makes us very ignorant towards it. Highly Recommended book.
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