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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
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In The Shade Of A Willow: A Novel of the Great War Kindle Edition
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In 1914 Philip Oakley is a young solicitor living in rural Suffolk. The son of the local Rector, Philip is also a junior officer in the London Division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. When war is declared, Philip is mobilised. But the Royal Navy has more than enough men for the Fleet, and Philip fears that his chances of seeing action are slim.
However, Winston Churchill (then First Lord of the Admiralty) has other ideas and combines the surplus manpower with the Marine Brigade to form the Royal Naval Division to fight on land.
The story follows Philips progress as the Division takes part briefly in the defence of Antwerp, before moving on to the Gallipoli campaign. There, Philip gets his first taste of trench warfare. He survives the terrible summer heat, and the dysentery epidemic in the Allied trenches, only to endure the gales, blizzards and flooding as winter sets in. After finally being evacuated from Gallipoli, Philip moves on to the Western Front.
The book describes in graphic detail the horrors of the fighting in the Great War, in particular the barbaric hand to hand fighting using the medieval weapons of bayonet and cosh. In contrast, men die in their thousands without ever seeing the face of the enemy – machine gunned to death on the barbed wire. Heavy artillery inflicts horrific injuries and sudden death until finally, at Passchendaele, the battered landscape becomes a mass of mud and water-filled shell holes where wounded men are left to drown in the rising waters.
Meanwhile, in England life goes on.Read more ›
I found the book realistic to the point of being depressing, the futility of it all, lives wasted and the stupidity and callousness of those in charge.
It's not a light read to pass some spare time but it is in its own way compelling
I could not put it down - I was particularly moved by the piece quoted at the end of chapter 4 written by a Captain P.J. Campbell RFA - it was very poignant and summed up the tragic losses of the war to end all wars.
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Really what can I say, this is the first time I've felt the need to comment on a book I've purchased via Amazon. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Hannan
A fantastic book. Thought provoking, emotional, poignant and educational. Best I've read in a long time. Well done and thanksPublished 3 months ago
Paints a beautiful, if at times painful, picture of life and the effect on lifes in the first world war .Published 15 months ago by R V LEWIS
"In The Shade Of A Willow" is a truly remarkable novel, meticulously researched. The action starts with the retreat from Antwerp, the centenary of which passed in 2014. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Borderman