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They Did not Grow Old: Teenage Conscripts on the Western Front 1918 [Paperback]

Tim Lynch
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1 Oct 2013
In June 1918, 135 teenagers arrived in France as part of the thousands sent to reinforce the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front. The German Spring offensive had failed, but it was far from over. The coming months would see some of the fiercest, bloodiest, yet least remembered fighting of the war as these young men fi nally broke the trench stalemate and forced the enemy into retreat. During this time, one in four of these teenaged soldiers would be killed and over half of them wounded. Looking beyond the war as portrayed by poets and playwrights, Tim Lynch tells the story of Britain’s true Unknown Soldiers – the teenage conscripts who won the war only to be forgotten by history. These were not the naïve recruits of 1914 who believed it would all be over by Christmas, but young men who had grown up in wartime – men who knew about the trenches, the gas and the industrialised slaughter, but who, when their time came, answered their country’s call anyway. For the first time, following the experiences of a typical reinforcement draft, this book explores what turned men so often dismissed as ‘shirkers’ into a motivated, efficient and professional army, but it also reminds us that in the cemeteries of France and Flanders, behind every headstone is a personal story.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075248916X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752489162
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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TIM LYNCH is a military historian and author of a number of books and articles. He is a member of the Historical Writers Association and the Guild of Battlefield Guides and has worked with the 'No Man's Land' Great War archaeology group. He is the author of Battlefield Archaeology (Tempus 2008) Dunkirk 1940: Whereabouts Unknown (History Press 2010) and Operation Market Garden: The Legend of the Waal Crossing (History Press 2011) and other titles. Tim is a regular contributor to Britain at War and Military History magazine and other British and US publications.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 22 April 2014
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Wasn't sure what to expect from this. I have read lots of autobiographies from men who fought in the trenches. This came from a different angle looking at the history behind boys groups and some of the regiments followed in the book. I think I expected more about the backgrounds of the conscripts which wasn't forthcoming but it was an interesting take looking at an area I knew little about.
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