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12 days on the Somme,
This review is from: Twelve Days on the Somme: A Memoir of the Trenches, 1916 (Hardcover)
I bought this book as I was doing some research into my grandfather's time in the 1st WW and wanted to get an idea of the kind of conditions he might have had to deal with. I found that once started it was difficult to put down, and, like another reviewer, would have liked to read more! I have been put off other war accounts by too much requirement for an understanding of military terminology/in depth discussion of precise movements of companies/battalions etc. This was a relatively simple account of one man's experience, without too much reference to the bigger picture of what was going on elsewhere - in fact at the time, he had no idea of the bigger picture, so I felt closeted in the little world he found himself in, in those trenches and camps. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the men rather than the battle plans. It is not gloomy, manages to be funny at times and above all is a testament to all that is good in human nature.