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Bullets & Billets Paperback – 1 Mar 2006
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This book 'Bullets and Billets' describes his service with the machine gun section of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment during the early part of the First World War (including a fascinating account of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914) up to his participation in the Battle of Ypres during which he was wounded and subsequently evacuated to Blighty. The language used is typical of the period and shows the light hearted approach to warfare that personified the British Tommy. On second reading however the early signs of 'shell shock' that were to result in Bairnsfather's return to Britain can be discerned - it speaks volumes for men such as BB who quietly and cheerily went about their duty whilst suffering inner torment. Running as a theme throughout this account (quite apart from the seemingly non stop rain !) is how BB used his artistic skill to capture some of the more humorous aspects of Tommy's war whenever time, the weather and the opposing German forces allowed. It was his undoubted merit as a cartoonist that was to ensure his fame.
This is a very nice edition (Dodo Press) which could have been improved even further if all the cartoons referred to in the text by the author had been included. A number of sentences also seem to be missing their endings (especially on pages 132/133) - Mr Proofreadrer please note.
Such problems aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to those interested in the war on the Western Front.
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my advice - find a different printing of this book or look up online as you can get it as a free ebook or kindle book.