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War Is War (1/28Th London Regiment ,Artists Rifles) Paperback – 13 Feb 2009

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Naval and Military Press (13 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843426978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843426974
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 1.8 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 719,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Educated at Douai School, Alfred McLelland Burrage earned his living writing short stories for the many magazines and periodicals of the period. After his war in the Artist's Rifles, he enjoyed considerable success as a literary figure, until fashions changed and short stories were killed off by the Second World War. He died soon after. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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With the coming of the 100th anniversary of the Great War, many books by so called "experts" will be published to make their point about the men involved. Alfred Burrage was there and witnessed the full horror of the 1917 Ypres offensive from the viewpoint of a Private of an infantry battalion. An educated man and an established writer at the time, he is able to articulate the full sense of desperation, futility and weariness of the front line soldier.
At times sarcastic, he gives the impression that certain members of the officers mess were quite useless and only got where they were from their social standing in life while the nco's at the bases were nothing but bullies and cowards.
It must be remembered that Burrage wrote this book some years after the end of the war as a riposte to the many officers memoirs that were published at the time. As someone who was overlooked for a commission he may have an axe to grind but for me it is one of the best books written about life on the Western Front in a war zone and a must read for anybody who wants to understand the experience of the "Poor Bloody Infantry."
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Humorous, honest, well written, first-hand account of the horrors (and amusements) of life and death the WWI trenches. Brilliant, one of the very best of its kind. The title is sardonic but who chose that utterly inappropriate pic for the jacket? Perhaps it was an attempt to convey a subtle point but it misses the target, Ignore that and enjoy this great book.
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The book itself is a fantastic read, one which I would place alongside Graves and Sassoon's memoirs as a vivid account of the Western Front. However, beware of the kindle version - I needed to analyse this book for a university essay and found that the kindle version doesnt have page numbers, and isnt even formatted to the same size as the print text so referencing the pages was impossible. I returned my kindle copy and bought the paperback instead.
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An interesting read of the experience of conflict written from a soldiers point of view, I would reccommend it and have done to my girlfriend!
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