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5.0 out of 5 stars time on the Somme
Max Plowman gives an erudite and sensitive appreciation of his time as a junior officer in the Great War.

Plowman himself is capable and brave, well-respected by his men and fellow officers. He is acutely aware of how character determines a man's response to the demands of war in the front line, in both officers and men. Character portrayal is a strength of the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading this his account having just got back from ...
Enjoyed reading this his account having just got back from a WW 1 battlefields tour. Did not dwell on the fighting
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I had expected! A comparatively short ..., 26 Oct 2014
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Not quite what I had expected ! A comparatively short service career of less than 12mths and we do not even know his Regiment or Battalion. (Had to go to Wikipedia for this). However we learn of his anti war and left wing activities later in life but little to enrich the Trauma of the Somme battlefields so ably told in many other accounts.
Of very little value to a Somme student.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WWI and the individual - most enlightening, 4 Oct 2014
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The impact on the soldier rather than simply a chronicle of events. This describes the terror, hopes & hopelessness, harm, little things making a difference, lighter moments, etc and is one of the most enlightening books on WWI I've read for a long time. Don't expect a chronicle or 'big picture' book - this is one man's personal impacts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Max was slightly injured so returned home and was a bit disappointed as it came to an abrupt end but was ..., 11 July 2014
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Really got into this book and you felt you were there with the men - very descriptive. Max was slightly injured so returned home and was a bit disappointed as it came to an abrupt end but was so pleased he wasn't killed like so many of his colleagues but would have been nice to know what happened to him once he was back in England
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 7 July 2014
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Good book telling of life in the great war
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 6 July 2014
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GOOD READ
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 July 2014
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Takes you back to a very different and sometimes harrowing World.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate account, 29 Jun 2014
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I am a quarter of the way through this account of a young officer's existence post 1 July 1916. He is compassionate, considerate, appreciative and afraid; very much in the thick of it. This is not written as a diary, although the accounts are in chronoligical order, under various headlines.

Detailed descriptions of everyday life make this an informative book, as well as a thoughtful one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty authenticity, 22 Jun 2014
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The everyday thoughts of a junior officer in WWI. Some mundane, some philosophical, some macabre. Good reading for anyone with an interest in the first world war or who visiting Northern France
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read, 12 Jun 2014
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A different view on the Somme and the battles which came before and after, shows life in the trenches for what it was and the author doesn't hold back, he seems to say it as it is, worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Subaltern on the Somme, 10 Jun 2014
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This book is so well written that you get a clear picture of the Somme and what the daily routine was like for the men in the trenches. The author's keen eye describes the mud, the constant shelling and ever present fear of death, the food, the snipers, the rats, tripping over bodies that lie about everywhere. Although an officer himself, he is not above criticizing other officers if they appear foolish or lazy. This is an honest tale of one man's war. My verdict: well worth a five star rating.
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