..but I think that this compendium fits that description. The original editor , in about 1930, asked for contributions of a limited length from veterans and was surprised at the quality of the responses. The fact that these submissions were made by people who were still young and for whom events were still fresh adds something extra. These were a selection of men and women who felt that they had something to say.
For the most part, the entries describe an isolated incident or short sequence of events without attempting to be a set of memoirs. This works surprisingly well and more than a few of the writers show really show some talent.
Many scenes are vividly evoked.
Another reviewer compared this to airport reading. While I think this book is a bit more important than that , I have to say that I have been reading a couple of chapters a day on my daily 15-20 minute train journey.
The main criticism is the decision to place the stories in a very rigid and unimaginative order. First of all come stories of the Infantry in France (in chronological order), then the Middle East, then war in the air, then women's accounts and finally the Navy. Because the first group is by far the largest and shows a timeline from 1914 to the Armistice, it's jarring to have to go back to the start of war again in the Middle East.
Good advice might to dip in randomly. The chapters are short enough to make this an option.
Recommended to the military historian and to anyone interested in some genuinely interesting human-interest stories.