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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (12 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184748008X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847480088
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bull on 14 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
Curiously both the reviewer who has given this five stars and the one that has given only one are broadly correct. This is a first hand source - and soldiers in war, particularly junior ones, do not get to see 'the big picture'. For the many war consists of walking backwards and forwards, hunger, lack of sleep, carrying ungainly objects, getting wet, seeing the bloody results of an action or explosion, being ordered about, and taking whatever small pleasures or witicisms as they find them. Neither do the majority engage in hand to hand combat, and quite a few of those that do are not around to complete their diaries afterwards.

Briefly therefore this is not a polished or literary work with benefit of hindsight, like say Edmund Blunden's 'Undertones, or anything by Sassoon or Graves. Its a simple diary, and from it you get some notions of how the artillery and mortars worked, and of the banality of the life of one cog in a big machine. Perhaps frighteningly 1914-1918 will almost certainly have been the most exciting, terrifying, and interesting episode in this man's life. Here is both the danger and the pleasure of the 'social history' of the ordinary man, which is now the politically correct orthadoxy adopted by so many who teach the subject.

Recommended as an authentic document, not recommended as a scintillating read !
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A. Abd El Kader on 21 Jan. 2009
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I highly recommend this book. This is a day to day diary evoking all the smells, horror and mundaneness of war. A fascinating read, so interesting; as among all the horrors are the simple things that Stuart Chapman did, like going to explore villages or going to the cinema, things that would not have occurred to me happened in a war situation. Each time I read it I find something new to ponder on. Stuart Chapman's experience of hunger, exhaustion , at times fear and "getting on with the job" brought up a mixed bag of emotions - at times funny, at times sad, at times filled with horror.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John A. Cooke on 10 Jun. 2010
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As an ex infantry officer I was rather intrigued with this book, they (the BEF)were always told that the war would be short and that they would indeed be "home in time for breakfast". If you view it as literally a diary you will not be disappointed simply because that is exactly what it is, and it is a diary of war. There are days of sheer terror and days of extreme boredom but all carefully recorded by a simple but decent man who happened to survive. I enjoyed it very much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bob on 3 Dec. 2009
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Although this may never intended to be published, it is a must read. butal, heart warming an honest. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest.10/10
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