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The Western Front: The Irishmen Who Fought in World War One

The Western Front: The Irishmen Who Fought in World War One [Kindle Edition]

William Sheehan
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... a book that reminds us for all the headline-grabbing events, putting bread on the table... the most important priority.... --Irish Independent Review, September 10, 2011

Yeates's book is a very well history, ...Dubliners ...passive homerulers to enthusiastic supporters of armed rebellion. --Sunday Business Post Agenda, October 16, 2011

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‘One of our fellows, while a German flare lit up his trench as it shot over it, saw half a dozen of our raw Irishmen on their knees, praying to the Virgin as if their last hour had come.’
Captain Gerald Burgoyne, C Company, 4th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

The Western Front tells the human story at the heart of a war that cost the lives of 35,000 Irishmen.

Compiled by one of Ireland’s leading military historians, it recounts the experiences of the many ordinary Irishmen from all religions and backgrounds who fought in the Great War. In their own words, these men describe the horror of life in the trenches and their experience of combat during World War One.

The book gives readers a real insight into the hopes, thoughts and fears of the soldiers and officers who served in Irish regiments on the Western Front. Conveying not just the thrill of enlistment and training, but also the harsh reality of life during wartime, The Western Front offers a fascinating portrayal of what it was like to serve in the ‘war to end all wars’.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4150 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan (14 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D00E1A
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Dr. William Sheehan is a military historian. He has published five books, British Voices from the Irish War of Independence (2005), Fighting for Dublin (2007), Images of Sarsfield Barracks (2008), Hearts and Mines: The British 5th Division in Ireland 1919-1921 (2009). His doctoral thesis was published in 2011 under the title, A Hard Local War: The British Army and the Guerrilla War in Cork 1919-22. He is one of the leading historians on the Irish War of Independence, and an expert on the British's army campaign in Ireland from 1919 to 1921. He is currently working on a book covering the entire period of the Irish Revolution for Gill and MacMillan

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent volume 30 Jan 2012
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For too many years the brave Irishmen who served in the Great War were forgotten, were it not for the writings of people like Myles Dungan & Kevin Myers they would have been even more marginalised.

This outstanding news books redresses the balance and brings them to life once again. its very broad in scope, draws from writings across all ranks and regiments. It truly is a great read.

The only thing I would have liked would be to know more about these men, how the ones that came back readjusted to civilian life, how Ireland treated them etc.

But that is only a minor point, this is a great volume, William Sheehan deserves great praise for collating these diaries, he is rapidly becoming an Irish "Richard Holmes". Cant think of a greater accolade than that for a historian. Richard may he rest in peace is huge loss to any one who loves history, particularly First World War history.

Finally I do wish the publishers would do more to publicise books like this, I found it by accident browsing in a small rural bookshop in Cork, where the proprietor was very welcoming. I only found out afterwards the author had actually signed the copy I bought, when I started reading it.

A book like this should have been launched in that wonderful Collins Barracks museum in Dublin or the the Imperial War museum/National army museum in London.

If you like this book try getting " A great sacrifice" another wonderful book about Ireland and the Great War, focusing only on Cork men who served but then to any Corkman, Ireland is Cork.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Though-provoking. 22 Aug 2014
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A sobering and very thought-provoking book. It should be a "must read" any secondary school history class, especially southern Irish ones who do, sadly, need to be educated on the shared history of British and Irish troops in the Great War.
This is a fine collection of poignant and well chosen personal accounts of the men who suffered. Needless to say, not all survived.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read 5 April 2014
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Very informative and interesting. As I'm very interested in this period of history found the book very educational and interesting.
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