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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ww1, 9 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Charley's War: 2 June-1 August 1916 (Hardcover)
This is a great book a timelss classic about the first world war ,a must read for anyone wanting to see how comic story can portray historical event.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 22 April 2013
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An excellent read . Puts a different perspective on the whole wartime experience. Highly recommended and an easy format for children to handle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story of Charley Bourne's War., 26 Jan. 2014
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Charley's War is probably one of comic's best creations. While the book reprint loses a little of the detail from the original comic print, the drawings still look great and bring the characters to life.

The wealth of the detail of the art means each frame is packed with visual information and the story also covers, and is based around real events as well as the drawings conveying authentically what trench warfare must have looked like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect, 15 Mar. 2014
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it was perfectly on time... and the book was in really good conditions! evrything as expected! I would reccomend this product (a classical english comics about I WW) and i would recomend the seller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Nov. 2014
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Excellent service no problems at all
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a great comic strip - but it is very partisan in its view, 21 Dec. 2007
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This review is from: Charley's War: 2 June-1 August 1916 (Hardcover)
I know lots of people rightly wax lyrical about this long-running strip. The artwork and the writng are first-class, and the duo behind Charley's War deserve full marks for getting such an 'anti-war' strip into a boys pro-war comic.

However, there's the rub. While masses of historical research went into it, the strip is definitely written from a left-wing perspective. If you've seen the play or film version of 'Oh What a Lovely War' you'll know what I mean.

Officers are almost always upper-class toffs - who dine on good food in comfortable dugouts or billets while their men shiver in the trenches. The few good officers there are, are either cut down by the Germans - or end up ruthlessly sacrificed by the 'political-military' elite. Clearly that's how some people still see World War 1. There is no light or shade...

The trouble is, if you read the diaries of soldiers at the front (and I don't mean the World War 1 literature from the late 20s/early 30s like Rupert Graves "Goodbye to All That") you'll see a much richer and diverse picture.

Many ordinary soldiers felt at the time that the war had to be fought. Many officers in the British army actually came up from the ranks - sorry I know the strip would like to tell you all officers were toffs - but it just wasn't so. Soldiers in the main felt they were fighting for their country, because however appalling the war was - it had to be won.

Was it a disaster for European civilisation that the war happened? Of course it was. Were the huge sacrifices wasted by the country they come home to? Yes the were. After all, Britain had to go to war with Germany again 20 years later. But - and this is an important point - had the Kaiser's Germany been allowed to walkover Belgium and northern France that would have been a far greater disaster.

The British Army in 1914-18 was Britain's biggest-ever military endeavour - and in the last 3 months of the war the British army won its greatest every military victory. If you don't believe me -- add up the number of German divisions the British (and Canadian, Australian and empire and commonwealth) troops faced in 1918 - and then compare that with the much smaller number of divisions the British faced in 1944-45.

People often compare the casualties from WW1 with those of WW2 and conclude that it meant the generals in WW1 were stupid. However, in the first war the British were engaging the enemy's main army -- in the second they weren't - the Russians were (and look at their casualty figures).

Oh yes and while I am at it - those 'chateau-based' generals of WW1. In 1914-18 58 British generals were killed in combat. In 1939-45 the British army had 3 generals killed. Enough said I think.

Enjoy the cartoon - it is an amazing work -- but it is very particular about what it says, and what it doesn't say - about the British army in World War 1.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 July 2014
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