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In awe of this book, 3 Oct 2012
On second reading, I'm still in awe of this book. 'Six Weeks' is a brilliant piece of wide-ranging research, beautifully organised and written, which traces the life of a typical front-line officer in the First World War from school and university, through volunteering and training to front line service and the alternate pathways of death or survival. Every detail imaginable is covered: uniform and weapons, means of transport, leave, medical treatment, the growing contribution of the 'Temporary Gentlemen', the cost of survival.... On a basis of solid factual information, the author uses the words and experiences of many young officers to build the picture and he pays his subjects the compliment of listening to them and presenting the war as they knew it, not as later generations have imagined it to have been.
A book on this subject was long overdue. It's hard to imagine that anyone could have done it better.