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5.0 out of 5 stars up to Mametz and beyond, 6 July 2011
This review is from: Up to Mametz - and Beyond (Hardcover)
While reading a novel( The Dead of Mametz)I remembered reading this wonderful little book, So I ordered this superb reprint,It is without doubt the best narrative of the actions of the 38 Welsh Division but given with all the passion and realism of someone who was not only there but lost his brother in the attack, A must have book for anyone with the remotest interest in the Welsh troops that fought on World War One
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable, 14 May 2013
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My grandfather was in the 15th Royal Welsh Fusiliers in WW1, the same battalion as the author, so this was a great find. It is extremely well written, and has been updated recently to cover the author's period as a junior staff officer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Human, honest, humbling, 23 April 2014
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Although published in the 1930s, this book was entirely unknown to me (as was the entire battle, to my shame) until I recently discovered that my Great Grandfather fought at Mametz in the 38th (Welsh) Division. With soldiers' WW1 records ravaged by the Blitz, I was keen to unearth anything that might shed some light on his experiences, hence my turning to this volume. Do note, I've not read others' contemporary accounts, so I've nothing to compare it with.

WIthout doubt this is a sobering, enlightening treatise of the author's (LWG's) first-hand experiences, beginning with his anxious anticipation of going off to war in a miserable, rain-soaked Winchester in the Dec. of 1915. The narrative quickly evolves as he describes the how the naivety of their first quiet days in France is soon, and lamentably, overturned by the events that thrust them to the Front proper and all that this entails.

One is constantly aware that LWG is a normal (albeit educated) man... decent, with the high values that one associates with this stoic generation that was pushed into the worst of circumstances. Nevertheless, he is self-effacing, evidently horrified by what he sees and would rather be anywhere else if he could. Essentially, he is ever *human* and I liked and respected him.

The book is well-balanced in pace, and you never come across some lengthy description that screams "just get on with it". Not once. He sustains enough detail to be informative but does indeed "get on with it". Indeed, there are occasions when a more vivid description might have reinforced more than pathos, but he deliberately chooses not to be mawkish. The account of the Frontline chaplain strolling through the new graves looking for his own son's was heart-rending.

In terms of details, this New edition is excellently annotated by the editor who does a first-class job of providing extremely helpful and well-researched footnotes that expand upon military jargon, points of regimental history, identifying individuals named in passing, etc... even music hall songs! [These footnotes never get in the way though, if you do not need them.]

All in all, a valuable read — one could never refer to it as a "good" read, what is "good" about war — and I now have more of an appreciation of what my Grt Grandfather's generation went through. A true account, not the narratives of "Birdsong", or "War Horse", but a simple honest telling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my husband, 7 April 2014
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My husband was very pleased with this book and would highly recommend it. Arrived very quickly and at a competitve price. Any one interested in the history of warfare would like this book.
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