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5.0 out of 5 stars Holme's best, fascinating and very moving, 20 Jan. 2007
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This review is from: Tommy : The British Soldier On The Western Front 1914-1918 (Hardcover)
The sense of loss and tradgedy of the Great War has led me to read many accounts to try and understand the reasons behind it, the events themselves, and the accounts (like this one) of the experiences of the (extra-)ordinary people involved. I've read many of Holmes's books and consider this the best, though perhaps that's in part down to my interest in the period. It's too close to our own era with the last few Tommies still with us to be merely dry history. This book is essentially the story of the individual experiences, tied together with explanations of how things were done, again as this affected the individual, with the great events providing a backdrop. Well-written, and terribly moving. Though not laboured in this book, it is clear that Holmes believes, as I do, that these brave men were fighting in a just cause. Well-written, not dramatised, as there's more than enough drama in the stories themselves, terribly moving and sad.
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