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For a Shilling a Day [Paperback]

Peter Rhodes
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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Bank House Books (16 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904408648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904408642
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving 30 July 2010
"We can get you buggers for a shilling a day, but the horses cost eighty quid each."
(First World War NCO to Signalman John Powell).

D-Day veteran Stan Whitehouse, at 17 one of the youngest soldiers to hit the beaches on 6 June 1944, recalls the "smallness" of a private soldier's war: "Thirty yards that way and maybe thirty yards behind. That's all you can take in, all you dare look at."

And that's the basis of Peter Rhodes' superb book: a series of brief and terrifyingly vivid close-ups of modern warfare, from the trenches of the First World War to present day Afghanistan. This isn't conventional history - there is nothing here on what these battles and skirmishes were all about, or even who won or lost and why. Instead it is a gripping series of flashbacks of the incidents, the places and the people that still haunt survivors, even sixty, seventy, eighty years on. This book will tell you what it was like to be there - and what it is like to be one of the ones who survives against all the odds, to tell the tale in old age.

Peter Rhodes is a modestly unobtrusive narrator who has crafted a superb book which does full justice to the soldiers whose words he has recorded: ordinary men who rose to the challenges of extraordinary events, and who recall them now with a mixture of emotions that cannot fail to move the reader. It should be required reading for every politician who is ever likely to have the power to send a single soldier into battle. Sadly, of course, it never will be.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Heroism abounds in Peter Rhodes's wonderful collection of interviews with dozens of people who have served their country over the past 100 years.
But it is not the achievements of the top brass which is highlighted, more the selflessness of those directly in the firing line.
Mr Rhodes has brought together the stories of a range of people who were caught up in conflicts, from the First World War up to the current battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Originally published as newspaper articles, the pieces are powerfully concise and poignant, bringing together stories which may otherwise have gone untold.
Although officers' successes are featured, the book focuses on the common man's experience in the front line of the Somme, or the youngsters who saw Zeppelins raid the Midlands.
It is the little details which stay in the memory like the 109-year-old former miner who recalled the national mourning over the 1885 death of General Gordon in Khartoum more than a century later.
Many of those interviewed did not see their stories as extraordinary, merely viewing themselves as modest contributors to a greater effort.
This book is a fitting memorial to the forces personnel featured, as well as a timely reminder of the real human cost of warfare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For A Shilling a Day 9 Jan 2013
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Sensitively but strongly written using archive interview material. Well presented and good value. Very appropriate for those who follow military history and human experiences of war, or to get a flavour of what war really means for those who have no feel for its horrors.

Also, being written in bite size pieces, so it can be picked up, sampled and put down.to be returned to later.

A well chosen title!!!

Tony North
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting topic 5 April 2014
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This book was discussed on a World War One forum. The contributors suggested that a whole chapter was dedicated to a topic that I was interested in - so I bought the book. Sadly the contributors were misinformed, and the information of interest to me was much lighter. This of course is not the fault of the author or the seller. The book includes 16 pages on WW1, 82 pages on WW2, then the post war years including The Falklands and the Cold War. The font is a good size, there are several images, but sadly no index.
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