- Paperback: 56 pages
- Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd (10 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747806837
- ISBN-13: 978-0747806837
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 0.5 x 21.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The British Soldier of the First World War (Shire Library) Paperback – 10 Apr 2008
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About the Author
Peter Doyle is a scientist and military historian specializing in the role of terrain in warfare. His books include: Tommy's War 1914-1918; Beneath Flanders Fields: The Underground War 1914-18 and Grasping Gallipoli. He is co-secretary of the All Party Parliamentary War Graves and Battlefield Heritage Group, and is an elected member of the British Commission for Military History. He lives in London.
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The book aims to help people interpret "fragments of memory", but manages to go beyond this, to give a concentrated view of the way British people, soldiers, families and the War Office, produced a material culture that continues to communicate some of the experience of the First World War. The book begins with a well-known silhouette photograph of Tommies moving up to the Front. In attempting to "resolve those silhouettes into an image of a fighting soldier at war" the book also contextualises the soldier within the attitudes and activities of a country supporting its soldiers while not fully comprehending their often uncommunicable experience.
As well as using postcards and cartoons to show some of the ways that soldiers managed to deal with their condition, the book also points out some of the ways in which the soldiers were let down, by some aspects of their uniforms and equipment, and particularly by the treatment they received after the war. For many the heroes' welcome received from family and friends was matched officially by a set of uninspiring medals and little prospect of employment.Read more ›
I pose the question are there any duff title in the Shire Library?
They are great little books at only 56 pages but they are stuffed full of information. The author has created a logic by dividing the chapter into joining the colours, in the trenches, at rest to being demobilised.
It is a guide to the life of the poor bloody infantry,Plenty of black and white and colour photographs of uniforms, badges medals and memorabilia
My dad served in the second world war but on page 13 I have photo of my dad after his basic training in his RAF uniform that is the dead spit of a First world ward soldier with his bayonet and rifle. So not a lot of changes took place between the war.
Equipment and tactics develop rapidly as the war goes on so by the end of the war usually the soldiers are dressed entirely differently
90 years on and the first world war has become an important historical event so more and more are studying it. I have been to the Western Front many times but there is always something new to learn and this is a great little book.
I bought my copy just outside the Menin gate in Ypres.
Having just returned from a trip to the WW1 Battlefields in France, this provided excellent further reading both for myself and my children who are currently studying the subject, at school.
It contains detailed examples of uniforms, vehicles, weapons and other parts of the army's uniform, equipment etc. of the period.
A very thin book, that could stand to be a big thicker with more content, but as a quick reference or a starting point, this book is highly recommended.
I'd advise purchasing this book alongside other books about WWI, as it does a good job of providing context and gives you an idea of the tommy 'experience', good to have in mind when reading about the events of the war at large.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book, the author's writing style is so engrossing and his explanations so readable and concise. The subject is fascinating and very moving. Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2014 by E F J Jones-Davies
This is a very good read, covers most aspects of a soldiers time from recruiting , through to daily life in the trenches!Published on 20 Dec. 2013 by G .HOLM
Nice small book covering many aspects around the soldier of World War 1 the artefacts, postcards and lots more inside.Published on 3 Nov. 2013 by Jay Dee
Excellent book explains the requirements of the British Soldier, would have liked a comparison of this with the German soldierPublished on 30 Sept. 2013 by Amazon Customer
See review of Peter Doyle's other book 'Tommy's War: British Military memorabilia 1914-1918.
Still a very good book though, full of information.
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