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5.0 out of 5 stars A book everyone interested in WW1 needs to read
There has been considerable debate on the internet about the title of this book which comes from a quote by Robert Graves of 2/Royal Welch Fusiliers who wrote: "A soldier who had the honour to serve with one of the better divisions....could count on no more than three months' trench service before being wounded or killed; a junior officer a mere six weeks". So he wasn't...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete
If you're looking for a book which seeks to establish a link between the Public School system and the success of the British Army in the Great War, then look no further. John Lewis Stempel's Six Weeks is as much an ode to Britain's many Public Schools as it is to the officers of the British Army.

The same attitude pervades almost every aspect of the book but...
Published on 30 Jan. 2012 by D. Jones


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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for anyone wanting to get an insight into ..., 12 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War: The Life and Death of the British Officer in the First World War (Paperback)
An excellent book for anyone wanting to get an insight into the 1st World War. Incredibly well researched and very poignant
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK BUT CHEAPER ELSEWHERE!, 24 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War: The Life and Death of the British Officer in the First World War (Paperback)
Bought a copy of this (brand new) from 'the Works' in Malton, Yorkshire this morning. Cost £2.99! Really interesting book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, 30 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War: The Life and Death of the British Officer in the First World War (Paperback)
got a bit lost when reading needed more information about them and lives before the war and stories of the war
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 14 July 2013
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This review is from: Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War: The Life and Death of the British Officer in the First World War (Paperback)
Very good and informative, excellent read. If you are interested in WW1 it is a very good book to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A horrifying and riveting account of young officers in the ..., 12 Sept. 2014
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A horrifying and riveting account of young officers in the First World War. I had to read to the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 1st world war book, 9 Jun. 2013
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This book is a really good read for those of us who have an interest in this era of military history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War: The Life and Death of the British Officer in the First World War (Paperback)
Excellent book, bought this one for my father in law and he thought it was great
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable book that reaches into the soul, 3 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War: The Life and Death of the British Officer in the First World War (Paperback)
This book slays the politically motivated critics (who've never fought a war or even dug a hole in the ground) of the British officers of the Great War. The huge responsibilities they took on at such a young age, their fortitude in the face of almost certain death, the lack of self-pity, their love for their men, their generosity of spirit, and humanity shines through. And for the first two years they were almost entirely the product of the finest schools the world has seen, the public schools of the late Victorian era. The best of the generation died in the Great War and we miss them and their forbears even now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brought it home to me, 30 July 2014
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Really brought it home to me how bad things were. An excellent study.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Touching, sad, and a little rose tinted., 10 Dec. 2013
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This is a well researched book. Some of the accounts are truly moving and it gives a fantastic insight in to a subaltern's life in the trenches. For the most part these subalterns were a lion hearted bunch and there is no doubt that relative to their numbers they suffered disproportionate casualty rates because of their courage. My only criticism is that the author has a misty eyed view of these privately educated, wealthy and privileged young men. Whilst I don't doubt they suffered hardships, surely compared to their poorly paid, poorly equipped conscripts they had it easier? That doesn't seem to get a mention. At the end the author waxes lyrical about the demise of the aristocracy brought about by large numbers of the nobility being slaughtered in Flanders. Surely the demise of a feudal system is about the only positive outcome from the Great War? These are minor quibbles. This is a great book which I thoroughly enjoyed.
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