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A day to day experience of serving in the First World War
on 27 December 2001
Briefly, this is one of the best books I've ever read on any subject. It gives a real, day to day experience of serving in the First World War, and though written from the officer perspective it gives a clearer view of life in the ranks than you often get from autobiographies by enlisted men (who may have lacked the literary skills to describe their experiences). It conveys the sense of regimental pride, alongside the full horror of battle. It even shows what life was like for the local people trying to survive behind the lines. There are some very funny episodes and some very poignant and bitter ones, all jumbled up together. As a previous reviewer wrote, if you only ever read one book on the First World War, this should be the one.