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SUBALTERN ON THE SOMME
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on 7 March 2014
I chose this rating because I found this book did not really keep me interested but I am sure it is as it was!
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on 5 March 2014
Really good, you could really imagine being there. True to life. Brilliant. I would highly recommend this book, it's fantastic.
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It is easy to be put off by the first half of the first chapter of this book as the author tries to write at a level beyond him. Once you get over this the book is difficult to put down.

I have read a number of books about the Somme as I tried to find out what life was really life in the trenches (my Grandfather and Great Uncle served there and only one returned and he suffered for the rest of his life).

This book gets better page by page and while it skips over the most unpleasant parts it does describe things very well and helps to explain what the lions (led by donkeys) had to put up with.
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on 2 March 2014
We are taught in schools about the horrors of the trenches. But rarely what it was really like in anything other than 2D. This account brings it all to life. The organisation of the trench systems. The rotation in and out of the trenches. The bureaucracy of the frequent courses. The gap between the junior officer's and men's experiences and that of the senior officers for whom war was a great adventure.
And at the end of the day, the pointlessness of it all.
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on 28 February 2014
An interesting read for anyone curious about what it was like serving on the Western Front during the Great War.
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on 25 February 2014
Very well written. The author involves you in the trenches. You come away with some idea of what these men had to go through.
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on 23 February 2014
This gentleman really did see the war in all its guises and with veritable and excellent prose reflects well the feelings and fears of those involved in the slaughter that they called war! A hero in every sense he depicts a life plucked from one not too distant from our own albeit almost a century ago. May his ghost rest in peace now with his lost comrades. Thank you for your supreme efforts Sir! Keep Smiling!
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on 23 February 2014
Found details of how hard it must of been living in the conditions in the trenches and the moving backward and forwards every few days
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on 21 February 2014
Good first hand account of life in the trenches, no frills and also no over drama. Well worth a read to remember those who gave so much a hundred years ago. It may even be the experiences of your own great grandfather?
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on 20 February 2014
Fantastic. Loved the the story telling and language used. Really depicts the horror, futility and monotony of life in the trenches
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