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Very moving read,
By A Customer
This review is from: Last Post: The Final Word From Our First World War Soldiers (Hardcover)
It is absolutely amazing that there are still, in 2005, any veterans at all of the First World War. I love the fact that the author, realising that the last few would soon be gone, raced around the country collecting their stories. He makes no secret of the fact that the men are grouped together by the accident of longevity, rather than anything else, but that does not make their stories any less powerful. Their stories are very moving indeed. These are not great heroes or famous men, but the ordinary soldiers whose courage and stoicism won what was meant to be 'the war to end all wars', and their modesty shines through the accounts. I liked the fact that the author recorded something about all of their lives too, and not just the war years, it gave it a valuable sense of context, and the photographs of the men – then and now – were very touching. For those who can find official military histories a bit overpowering, this is a wonderful book to take you straight to the heart and minds of those who were actually there.
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