In the past few years numerous books have appeared which use first-hand accounts to tell the story of military endeavours. While this book is firmly part of that genre, it not only does the job extremely well, but the accounts themselves - culled from the archives of the Imperial War Museum - are fascinating. They would be of course- the museum has over 3,000 letters and diaries to choose from, and Marcus Cowper has selected the cream of the crop. They make compelling reading, not only because of their variety and erudition, but also as the author has set each of them in its proper historical context. This book is highly recommended - I read it over a weekend, as I just couldn't put it down.