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on 4 November 2009
Not quite a classic but lovely all the same. Should perhaps be 'the war the infantry officer knew' but that's the way of things.
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on 16 November 1999
First class book. Illuminating revelation of trials and triumphs of BEF regiment both on and off the battlefield. Includes sections by Sassoon and Graves. Very interesting.
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on 30 April 2013
Terrific book and great delivery/customer service.
Told from the soldiers point of view, as an amateur first world war historian this book has helped to answer my questions about the BEF & Kitchener's new armies. The questions I would have loved to ask the men who served in person but who have now passed into the annals of history .. may they rest in eternal peace.

We shall never see their likes again.
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on 10 August 2014
His own contribution to the R.Welch Fusilier history is not mentioned in detail. He was obviously reticent (and too modest) to mention the detail of his own very heroic contribution. The accounts from other Battalion members keep the narrative alive and historically accurate. A well respected Officer and friend to so many 'squaddies'. For Dunn's own contribution read Frank Richards' 'Old Soldiers Never Die'.
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on 12 January 2015
At times it can be hard to follow as it jumps from narrator to narrator and sticking rigidly to the chronology of a day to day account doesn't always mix well with that. Also not very sympathetic to those who don't know their army officer levels and terminology. Overall worth having if you're interested in this area.
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on 4 May 2008
I started to read this while visiting The Somme. A very long, moving account of life in Royal Welch Fusiliers in WWI. The compiler was their medical officer. To be more accurate the book is the war the infantry officers knew. Little is from other ranks. Tommy Atkins, or Dai Jones in this case, was not so literary as to keep diaries and write memoirs.

As this is compiled from many authors not always individually identified the continuity can be poor and the quality varies. Top quality is Sassoon. The original sketch maps are not very good, The addition of modern maps would have helped. You really do learn what trench warfare was like and the horror of shelling, sniping and gas. Men hoped the latter would kill the lice. As this book was compiled over 70 years ago, the language is sanitised and references to matters sexual omitted. This MO never tells of the problems with STDs from the brothels. I was also surprised by the lack of religious conviction and comfort expressed. All that is reported is church parades which were ordered and the poor attendance at voluntary services conducted b the padres.

At times the book seems as long and never ending as the war. But it is the first hand account. As literature the historical novel, A Covenant With Death, is a far better account of the times.
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on 19 June 2013
One of the best memoirs\accounts of WW1 from the British side ever written. Capt Dunn was in the Welch Battalion the same one Sassoon served in and also Graves. I have a vast WW1 library of over 250 books and this particular book comes right up there in the top ten. Buy it, you can't go wrong.
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on 12 February 2015
This book is a fantastic collection of primary sources from a single battalion during the First World War. It offers an insight into the progression of the war from multiple perspectives and details the intricacies of battalion life during the 14-18 war.
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on 16 November 1999
First class book. Illuminating revelation of trials and triumphs of BEF regiment both on and off the battlefield. Includes sections by Sassoon and Graves. Very interesting.
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on 5 August 2000
What a book - I had looked forward to reading this for the last two years, saved it for this year's Summer holiday in France and Belgium (! ) Felt that the Ghosts of 2nd Batt RWF were reading over my shoulder - if you read one book about WW1 read this one.
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