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This review is from: The Western Front: Irish Voices from the Great War (Hardcover)
For too many years the brave Irishmen who served in the Great War were forgotten, were it not for the writings of people like Myles Dungan & Kevin Myers they would have been even more marginalised.
This outstanding news books redresses the balance and brings them to life once again. its very broad in scope, draws from writings across all ranks and regiments. It truly is a great read.
The only thing I would have liked would be to know more about these men, how the ones that came back readjusted to civilian life, how Ireland treated them etc.
But that is only a minor point, this is a great volume, William Sheehan deserves great praise for collating these diaries, he is rapidly becoming an Irish "Richard Holmes". Cant think of a greater accolade than that for a historian. Richard may he rest in peace is huge loss to any one who loves history, particularly First World War history.
Finally I do wish the publishers would do more to publicise books like this, I found it by accident browsing in a small rural bookshop in Cork, where the proprietor was very welcoming. I only found out afterwards the author had actually signed the copy I bought, when I started reading it.
A book like this should have been launched in that wonderful Collins Barracks museum in Dublin or the the Imperial War museum/National army museum in London.
If you like this book try getting " A great sacrifice" another wonderful book about Ireland and the Great War, focusing only on Cork men who served but then to any Corkman, Ireland is Cork.
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