7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2010
A fascinating insight into the formation of the Ulster Division, what the men went through in the run up to war and what life was really like in the trenches. It is brilliantly written, I could hardly put the book down as soon as I started reading it. This really is a must read for every Ulsterman/woman, which covers one of the most extraordinary chapters of our history and not only puts events into context but gives you a deep insight into the personal stories of the people who went through it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2011
Very informative book. Intensively researched, well written and easy to read. Naturally, due to the subject material, it can be very distressing to read about, and think about, the needless slaughter of Ulster`s finest. A loss from which we have never, and will never, recover. A blood sacrifice never forgotten.FGAU.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2014
Got this as visiting the Somme in July 2014 so wanted to read some personal memories.
Fantastic details in the book, background to the history and formation of the UVF is very concise and how this developed into the 36th Division shows the natural progression of the men's desire to not only defend their culture but also many had no other jobs to do, so the army seemed the natural option.
Builds very slowly, the training goes from boy scout amateurish to the first mobile army with semi special companies, and the hour by hour build up to 1st July was compelling.
The battle writing is deliberately fast and chaotic to give a sense of the chaos on the day.
Most interesting fact was that more Nationalists (Catholics) served in British WW1 regiments than Unionists (Protestants), a fact largely overlooked for modern day political purposes.
Excellent and very readable book on the 36th