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Letters From The Trenches: A Soldier of the Great War
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2013
I've read lots of fiction and non fiction books about the first word war and was excited to get my hands on this. I have been slightly underwhelmed however. I thought I would be reading lots of letters that would be similar to reading a war diary to get a real feel of life in the trenches, but there is just the odd letter here and there and the rest of the book was padding. If you have read other ww1 books then you will have read a lot of it before, and it was really repetitive. What could have been an amazing book is one that I unfortunatly won't bother reading up to the end.
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on 20 August 2014
This book is written by Bill Lamin, the grandson of Harry Lamin. The book is the story of Harry Lamin's war. Harry Lamin was born in 1887 so when he was called up in December 1916 he was 29 years old. He joined the 9th (Service) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment which was an infantry regiment which served in both Flanders and Italy.
Through his letters to his brother Jack and sister Kate we see the horrors of the Flanders battlefield between summer and autumn 1917 - Harry having taken part in the Battle of the Messines Ridge and at Passchendale. October 1917 saw the 9th (Service) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment on the move to Northern Italy. I found this part of the book very interesting as the majority of books / television documentaries concentrate of the fields of Flanders and not the mountainous terrain of Northern Italy.
The story of Harry Lamin's war is told through letters, war diaries kept by the battalion during the conflict and the authors own research. I found this a truly amazing book of one ordinary man's personal struggle through a conflict - the likes of which had never been seen before. A must read for EVERYONE!
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on 20 August 2014
This book is written by Bill Lamin, the grandson of Harry Lamin. The book is the story of Harry Lamin's war. Harry Lamin was born in 1887 so when he was called up in December 1916 he was 29 years old. He joined the 9th (Service) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment which was an infantry regiment which served in both Flanders and Italy.
Through his letters to his brother Jack and sister Kate we see the horrors of the Flanders battlefield between summer and autumn 1917 - Harry having taken part in the Battle of the Messines Ridge and at Passchendale. October 1917 saw the 9th (Service) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment on the move to Northern Italy. I found this part of the book very interesting as the majority of books / television documentaries concentrate of the fields of Flanders and not the mountainous terrain of Northern Italy.
The story of Harry Lamin's war is told through letters, war diaries kept by the battalion during the conflict and the authors own research. I found this a truly amazing book of one ordinary man's personal struggle through a conflict - the likes of which had never been seen before. A must read for EVERYONE!
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on 23 November 2013
It is what I would call 'a difficult read' - its not the sort of book that you can read from cover to cover - it is hard reading and I had to put the book down and read over a few weeks. It is certainly a bit of an eye opener for people today to read about just how difficult it must have been during that time period. Every child over the age of 12 should be given this book to read as part of their curriculum on history but be given time to read over several weeks/months.
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on 27 November 2012
I am sure that this is a fascinating tale of a simple man who goes to the trenches and does his bit for king and country... but I just found it dull I'm afraid. The letters are interesting without doubt, and provide a real insight into the lives of the troops who fought in the war, but there is too much commentary between them which seems to be there to pad the book as much as add anything to it, and for this reason, i just didn't ever finish it.
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on 3 May 2012
A well presented and researched book giving the reader a 'fly on the wall' type feel. At times you feel you know what its like to be in the trenches. Having served in HM forces this book may have more relevance, but its quite an eye opener even if you have some knowledge of WW1, drawing you in, right to the end.
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on 30 January 2013
It was a book I knew my husband would like, he has always collected information from old soldiers, and this book gave him another incite into the British soldier away from his home country, and it was sad to know, these letters where the only memento parents had of there sons after the war.
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on 9 June 2012
Great read. very interesting to read how the war progressed. Hats off to Harry who faced such terrible hardship and danger with great bravery and lived to tell the tale. So glad he made it through the war to continue his life in peace. Rest in peace Harry. We all owe you so much!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2009
A book with a difference complete with many personal memories. The continuous repetition of phrases in the letters signal autheticity but made for rather boring reading after a while. I appreciate that there would be little about what he actually did rather than felt - all very enigmatic. Disappointingly, for me, I didn't get a first-hand 'feel' of the trenches from most letters. I had to concentrate very hard to stay reading for very long.
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on 27 May 2013
My father was in this battlion and is mentioned in the book. He never talked about WW1 and it is good to understand a little of what he experienced. Good insight too into family life; and social and moral issues.
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