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A moving story of the ultimate sacrifice,
This review is from: Brothers in War (Hardcover)
I have to say this is the best book about WW1 I've ever read and I was moved to tears many times throughout. The story focuses on the Beechey family and the 5 sons who sacrificed their lives for their country. The author has done a tremendous amount of research, including following trails all the way to Australia. He's been able to obtain letters and photographs handed down to a relative of the Beecheys.
Most of the letters are written to their mother and youngest sister and are amazing in that none of the sons give any great detail of the horrors they faced, the awful conditions they endured. I found it incredibly moving that each letter is signed "with affection from your loving son....." or something similar.
It's obvious that the author has also done his research about the war and various battles and he's woven them into stories about how each of the Beechey boys met their sad end in a way that made it very readable for me, almost like a novel in some ways.
It's not just a book about war, it's about sacrifice and the loyalty and patriotism many men had for their country and a mother and her sons who made the ultimate sacrifice. I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end.