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More than just letters....,
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This review is from: The Quick and the Dead: Fallen Soldiers and Their Families in the Great War (Kindle Edition)
I have read several books about the Great War but this brought tears to my eyes and I had to stop and give myself a rest from it. It was heart breaking. Yet it was compelling reading. The letters from soldier to family and back again was such an insight as to how death was just around the corner at all times and made a knot in my stomach. I felt each soldier and his fate belonged to me personally; had we been born 100 years ago those boys would have been ours My grandmother lost her husband October 1916 after only one year of marriage. His body was never found. I have the letters from the War Office telling her that he was missing and months later that he had to be presumed dead. Cold standard letters. My grandmother being addressed as Madam, so impersonal. Sadly,she never spoke about him. I felt my grandmother's grief on every page.