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Subaltern's Odyssey: Memoir of the Great War, 1915-17 [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

R.G.Talbot Kelly
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services; illustrated edition edition (20 Oct 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718302478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718302474
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,459,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Subaltern's Odyssey: A Memoir of the Great War 1915 - 1917

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5.0 out of 5 stars For "tanks" read "slugs", a must-read book 21 Jun 2010
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A straightforward and blunt account of what he witnessed. T.K. was my Art teacher just before he retired. A plain-speaking, honest man who minces no words in this account of the War he took part in.
Using a dead man's stomach as a pillow, watching a shell remove a man's head without exploding while the body carries on walking, waking up to find an unexploded shell fired while he was asleep beside his head, his first impression of a tank. It's all in here, no holds barred. All the more unusual because T.K. was an extremely gifted artist, a talent passed on to his children who published this book in 1980 some years after his death.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully evocative of the period 19 July 2014
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As memoirs go of experiences of the Great War this is one of the clearer and more readable: not a literary masterpiece such as Robert Graves, but a clear, insightful account of events.
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