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A Visit to Three Fronts June 1916 [Kindle Edition]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 124 KB
  • Print Length: 35 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00847U3CG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short essay, possibly for a newspaper 3 Mar. 2011
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This is a short piece of work by Arthur Conan-Doyle. It is based upon his experiences visiting the different army positions during the First World war. I've been unable to confirm this, but it appears to be something that was written specifically for publication within a newspaper or magazine of the time.

There is an element of jingoism in his writing; the allied troops are all described in glowing terms, as fit, able, cheerful and willing. In contrast, the few times that he discusses the enemy, he uses fairly derogatory terms. However, when you consider that this was half way through the "war to end wars", it's perhaps understandable that he was trying to present the best possible image for the people on the home front. There are more than a few exortations for those back home, to make sure that they keep up the work to ensure that the supply lines don't fail.

Read a little deeper into the work, and its a fascinating glimpse into the life of the soldiers of the period when viewed by an outsider. Even amongst the slightly sanitised descriptions, there are stark reminders that this was a brutal killing field and that bullets are no respecters of status.

As it is so short (and free!), it is well worth downloading. It can help add some substance to other works on the same period and provide another aspect of a period of history that is beginning to pass beyond living living memory.
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3.0 out of 5 stars War is a jolly thing? 17 May 2011
By Recycled Rabbit TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I'm not happy with this piece- written mid 1916 it's a piece of propaganda to reassure those back at home that everything is proceeding fine and nothing is out of the ordinary in the way that the war is being waged.

"As I turn away I am faced by my Hull Territorial, who still says incomprehensible things. I look at him with other eyes. He has fought on yonder plain. He has slain Huns, and he has nine children. Could any one better epitomise the duties of a good citizen?"

And so on... Ok so I grew up chanting the postumously published poems of Wilfred Owen, but this lacks the sincerity of the reality of a botched war. Conan Doyle gets worked up about the Germans bombing pretty French churches and that artists and filmakers are overemphasising the role of French colonial subjects in the fighting compared to brave purebred Frenchmen.

He gets told he has to take a gas mask but won't need it.

As a comment on Conan Doyle it would be of interest, but you aren't going to see much grim accurate reality here.

"If any question why we died, Tell them, because our fathers lied" Rudyard Kipling
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3.0 out of 5 stars A book of its time 4 Jun. 2011
By Cat
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I've had an interest in the history of the Great War for many years but had never read this book by Conan Doyle. it was written quite early in the war and is clearly designed to show the people at home how magnificent our troops and their allies were. It makes strange reading now and really reflects the attitudes and style of the 'lost world' of 1914.
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4.0 out of 5 stars War 31 Mar. 2014
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A very haunting book about the men in the trenches of war, the characters and dialogue were really quite interesting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's of it's time. 18 Jan. 2014
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This is an odd book but of interest. Definitely propaganda but of it's time and it appears to be a series of articles.
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