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Heroes of The Line

Heroes of The Line [Kindle Edition]

Scott Addington
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Every sale of this e-book raises money for the Royal British Legion!

In November 2009 I rode the entire Western Front WW1 trench system for charity. I rode with a friend of mine, the two of us rode completely un-aided. No support vehicle, no back up team, we carried all our own kit and supplies. Just two guys, two bikes and 550 miles of trenches.

We were woefully under prepared, totally under equipped, massively under trained (well I was anyhow) and generally a bit naive. My bike was a 4 year old Halfords special and Steve bought his from eBay for fifty quid. Looking back I am amazed we managed to do what we did.

This short book keeps the story going...

It re-kindles some of the stories (some funny, some cringe-worthy) that were generated along the way and re-discovers some of the heroes who are buried in cemeteries or commemorated on memorials along ‘The Line’.

Their stories are much more worthy than our silly bike ride and if I could I would have written about every single one of them. Sadly this just isn’t possible, there are just eight men represented here. Eight men who fought and died during the First World War and whose final resting place is ‘a foreign field’.

Every sale of this book will raise money for The Royal British Legion in an extension of the fundraising from the original bike ride. I really hope this book is a success so we can raise loads more money for an important charity, so if you want to see what we got up to on the trip and want to read some inspiring stories of true heroes that fought and died ‘in a foreign field’ then buy the book and help a great cause!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1962 KB
  • Print Length: 92 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EPF5W7C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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I am on a mission to write short, sharp history books that educate, entertain and inspire children, teenagers and adults who many not read 'traditional' history books very often.

I think we (and by 'we' I mean writers, broadcasters, historians, teachers, editors, journalists, tv producers and parents) have a great opportunity with the centenary of the First World War to educate and inspire our children to become interested in our history and understand what makes us who we are today. I try and write my books in an engaging way to appeal to those people who may have never read a history book before - hopefully after reading one of my books you might read a few more books on your new chosen subject!

My 'Layman's Guides' are perfect introductions to their given subject, I like to say that they are more like an informal chat over a cup of tea/coffee rather than a heavy and dull historical text. Currently I have three Layman's Guides in publication covering The First World War, D-Day and The Third Reich. More are planned including The Second World War, Waterloo and others!

The Great War 100 is my attempt to tell the story of The First World War using nothing but infographics. This is a brand new way of telling history, it has never been done this way before and I hope that this style of communication complex information opens up the subject to many new people - especially children.

Follow me on twitter @scott_addington or subscribe to my newsletter at - every new subscriber gets a free gift!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful emotional roller coaster 11 Sep 2013
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Heroes of The Line is a wonderful small e-book with a big heart. Addington's description of his cycle ride across the trench lines of the Western Front is a warts-an-all diary of the journey; Brutally honest (especially when he talks about how unfit/unprepared he was) and often funny, his writing style transports you to directly onto the French and Belgian roads so you get the feeling you are pedaling with him. In contrast, his treatment of the eight `Heroes' is respectful and insightful, giving the reader a glimpse into what ordinary soldiers and officers on both sides (there is a German soldier included too) went through. These stories both inspiring and sad at the same time.

The mix of the diary and the soldier stories works really well and there is the added warm feeling that you have contributed to a great charity in the Royal British Legion. Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes of the Line 1 July 2014
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This is the story of an adventure. It is the tale of a gruelling cycle ride along the entire Western Front of the First World War, from the Vosges Mountains on the Swiss border to the Belgian coast. But it is also something much more, because along the way, Scott tells the stories of nine men who fought in the war but who never came home.

Scott tells the story of their journey in a very accessible, reader-friendly way. The two men were cycling the length of the Western Front to raise money for the British Legion. Scott is almost brutally honest about how under-prepared, under-equipped and unfit they were at the start of the challenge. The account is both entertaining and engaging, letting the reader share the moments of exhaustion, frustration and humour with the two cyclists. It goes without saying that this should be a must-read for anyone contemplating a similar journey.

The stories of the nine eponymous "Heroes of the Line", seven British, one Irish, and one German are interspersed through the journey. They are told with respect and give the reader a brief insight into what the officers and men of both sides went through during that terrible conflict. The stories are both inspiring and very, very sad.

I really enjoyed this book. The fact that every sale of the book raises much needed funds to support the work of the British Legion is just the cherry on the cake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An epic journey through an epic landscape 7 Feb 2014
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The book tells of a great adventure of a gruelling cycle ride alolng the entire Western Front, but also tells the story of eight men who fought in the war but never came home. Once the book is picked up, it is difficult to put it down. I have visited some of the places mentioned in the book and Scott captures the atmosphere perfectly. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes of the Line 4 Nov 2013
By P. Reed
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Scott Addington is an enthusiastic amateur military history with a strong presence on Twitter and someone keen to make the complex world of military history understandable to the ordinary person. As such he has produced an interesting general account of WW1 and a good iPhone App using infographics; he currently has some more titles in the pipeline for the WW1 Centenary.

This book is somewhat different as it chronicles a journey he made and which few ever have - following the entire length of the Western Front from the far end in the Vosges mountains on the border of Switzerland up to the Belgian coast where it petered out in the sand. The journey was made in October and November 2009 and rather than walk it as others, such as Nigel Jones, have done they instead decided to cycle the route. The book is an entertaining and engaging account of this journey, and regular visitors to the battlefields will find much to enjoy here. It is not a literary masterpiece but it is a good read and gives an insight into the changing, and often challenging nature of the Great War battlefields. One of its strengths is that it dips in and out of personal stories of men connected to the places Scott and his friends visited; these are the `heroes of the line'; and in some cases he goes into great detail about them. A recommended title for anyone even remotely thinking of a similar journey!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes of the line 18 Oct 2013
By Alex
Format:Kindle Edition
Heroes of the line - Scott Addington
First off I would like to saw wow! What an adventure this book tells. From the makeshift `Satnav' to a hit and run incident, so to speak, with an elderly Frenchman but still able to portray a message and stories of those men who willingly enrolled to lay down their lives fighting for their king and country.
This book tells the tale of an epic bike journey up the First World War western front starting at Franco-Swiss border and ending very aptly on the 11th November in Ypres. Whilst this book is told in a chronological fashion, describing the adventures of two men's journey down the western front, it is also able to include 8 heroic short biographies of soldiers ranging from high ranking officers to pilots on both the German and British side to regular infantry.
The book is written in a very easy, reader-friendly way that allows one to get easily stuck in and engrossed in the journey. It also goes without saying that although Mr Addington is able to use humour in his writing and express the lighter side of a mates cycling holiday, there is still an underlying sombre tone due to the path and footsteps they were following.
Having been to some of the towns and war graves mentioned, I can empathise with the feelings and experiences of the story and felt like I was part of the journey while reading this. There were many engaging sections of the journey that i could relate to, from being declined entry to a supermarket in the middle of the day to the emotion sparked by the Menin Gate memorial service.
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Published 12 days ago by Borneo
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable from the first pedal to the last puncture
Lovely, and easy to read, road trip along the battle lines of World War One tales of broken spokes and smelly fleeces mixed with tales of some of the heroes of the Great War
Published 10 months ago by Mr A C Pryke
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To begin with, I was really intrigued about the idea of 'riding the line'. That intrigue morphed into an emotional rollercoaster as the author easily moves between the seriousness... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous, informative, moving and raising money for a great cause
This is a funny and very honest account of a 580 mile bike ride along the Western Front raising money for the British Legion. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stuart Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect combination
This was a nice, quick, fun-filled charity read. For less than the cost of a takeaway coffee, you get 1)humorous account of the journey 2) bios of some of the greatest heroes (in... Read more
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