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Letters from the Trenches: A Soldier of the Great War [Kindle Edition]

Bill Lamin
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Stoic, uncomplaining and good humoured letters home from some of the worst spots of the First World War --The Bookseller

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...this selection, edited by Harry's grandson, provides a rare insight into the everyday experiences of the war's unsung heroes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2110 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O' Mara Books; 1st edition (27 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EV7NZ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,884 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Letters from the Trenches" is the first major product of Bill Lamin's fourth career.

After a sort of education at Nottingham High School (Still not a fan of the place), Bill attended the Army's sixth form, Welbeck College and completed 22 months of a 2 year course at the Royal Military Acadamy Sandhurst. In the mid-sixties, the futility of the Vietnam war, the attractions of the summer of love, combined to make a military career a less than attractive option. With hindsight, experiences with the army may well have helped empathise with Harry and his Great War adventures.

Career two commenced with a University course at Imperial College, London. Then, as now, a top U.K engineering establishment. Leaving with a respectable honours degree, Bill became a structural dynamacist and worked for 10 years on various aerospace projects, based in Portsmouth and later in Cornwall.

When the Cornwall contract finished, Bill left engineering and trained to be a school teacher (Career number three) teaching mathematics and Information Technology in a state school in Cornwall. 26 successful and enjoyable years of teaching ended when the blog, wwar1.blogspot.com, made a big impact on the world and career four beckoned.

Bill surfs (badly). Plays the guitar to a small pub gig standard (i.e. badly) and is still, while using a seniors' bus pass, turning out for a Sunday morning soccer team (Plays badly). He still lives in Cornwall, is currently very single and is very, very busy. He is a personal friend of the King of Tonga and, in 2008, was fortunate enough to be invited to attend King George Tupou V's Tongan Coronation.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another unsung WW1 hero. 2 Jun 2009
By Pedros
Format:Hardcover
Read and enjoy. Immensely moving and thought provoking. The tragedy of our young men at war in such conditions can never fade from the memory. Books like this will remain essential reading for many generations to come.
I was very impressed with the blog edition of this book. I did not take part in the event but feel it was a very good way of getting a younger generation on board with history. Many soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan have used the internet as a way of writing home or blogging their diaries. Like our earlier generations, also equal in progressing technology, our soldiers would have embraced todays technology as we have.Those of you wishing to continue an interest in this subject should read 'A very unimportant Officer' and 'for love and courage'. These two books have similarities with Harry's war especially the things dear to them, home and home comforts such as food parcels and letters.
I would also suggest reading 'Tommy's war',this particular diary has been written by a chap who couldn't fight and was constantly turned down by the board because of his health. The combined literature creates an extremely good insight into the war and the social problems it causes at home.
I wholeheartedly recommend all these books for the avid history reader as it really does give one an incredible insight to the past.
I know Harry would have been very proud of his grandson for bringing his war and the letters to life 90yrs on....well done and thank you for sharing it with the nation.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource and read! 12 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book is based on a fascinating blog, started by Bill Lamin in which he posts his grandfather's letters home from WW1, 90 yrs to the day after they were written. I've been following the blog for a long time and couldn't wait for the book. It was well worth the wait. Not only is the book beautifully designed, it is a compelling and interesting read that gives an honest sense of one soldier's war experience. It is a timely publication that would make Harry Lamin proud. I expect to give copies of this to friends and family for Christmas this year. I can't recommend this book enough.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 11 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
Followed the blog which was interesting in itself. The book provides a clear, easy to read account of one man's journey through one of the most horrific events of the twentieth century. Would recommend it in a instant to anyone interested in WW1.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a gentleman 25 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
I have read as many as 150 books on the Somme, and this chap just seemed to accept his lot, never complaining or talking badly about anyone.
A first class read.
Highly reccommended.
I always enjoy books which give personal insights of the conflict, rather than formal historical accounts.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and thought-provoking 7 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
Bill Lamin's 'Letters from the Trenches' is compulsory reading both for serious historians with an interest in the First World War and anyone who relishes a great human interest story. The periods of intense drama, combined with a rare insight into day to day life in, and out of, the trenches, shed rare light into a dark period of our recent history. This is history at its most challenging and powerful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving description of life in the trenches 10 Oct 2009
By Eddie G
Format:Hardcover
Lovingly edited by his grandson, Lamin's description of life in the trenches is moving simply because it is so ordinary. His letters contain the mundane and extraordinary, like so many of us who are the grandchildren of these true heros, I found the letters compulsive, humourous and fascinating, and I resisted the temptation to check the end of the book to see whether he survived. This book has given me the push to go to flanders and pay my respects to those of my family, great uncles and cousins who fell in that most horrific of wars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trench Life 27 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A wonderful and poignant work made even more so by the fact it was compiled simply by using family letters. Interesting how the writer seems to not want to tell those back home how bad things really were, always remaining optimistic. Should be compulsory reading in every school in Europe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
A comprehensive book which brings to life ordinary letters from a ordinary soldier sent home during the great war. The author (the subjects grandson)has used period background info and extracts from the regimental war diary to put the letters into context. Excellant read, I followed the excellant blog and the book is even better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Personal and moving, no wonder it fascinated so many people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
arrived promptly well packed looks interesting gift
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2.0 out of 5 stars the book itself was a big disappointment.
After hearing the book read on radio, on the appropriate date for each event, the book itself was a big disappointment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for WW1 buffs
A present for my Son who is collecting ww1 memorablilia. Shows some real insight to what our brave forefathers went through that we could enjoy peace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended.
An excellent read for anyone interested in the Great War, adds a lot more to the story of this conflict.
Published 12 months ago by Mike
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It is what I would call 'a difficult read' - its not the sort of book that you can read from cover to cover - it is hard reading and I had to put the book down and read over a few... Read more
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