I bought this book due to the fact that my Grandfather was in the 10th Battallion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and survived WW1 physically unharmed.From the little he told us it would appear that he spent a lot of time either filling soil bags or removing dead bodies and as a stretcher bearer. The book provided detailed accounts of the Officers view of the war and illustrated how much time Lander was away from his battallion . The fact that 43 Officers and over 600 men of this battallion lost their lives was not adequately portrayed. I found this book a usefull ,but not important, addition to the Regimental War Diary that is available from the National Archives.
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detail on the regiment and who survived22 Oct. 2012
David G Carter
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Charles Lander happens to be my grandfather, so this was a riveting read for me. If he's not your grandfather :-) you may still find it interesting to see how a regular guy survived the bloodbath. Many will buy it for the details of which regiments went where, as he was a signaler in Head Office for parts of the war and recalled a lot of detail. Quite a small book, so I was able to read it in one long sitting. I just re-read it and was a bit frustrated that there is no map showing the details of what was happening. He gives exact coordinates to many events in the narrative, and there is nowhere to look, to follow them. some of the signals and maps that are included seemed a bit random. There are good supplements at the back, with a glossary of terms and a listing of the officers who died or survived.