on 4 May 2002
Having watched the BBC2 The Trench programme, I just had to buy the book.the book gives you a major insight in to the every day life within the front line during the 1st world war.
with the vetriens testimony and the tv volunteers
of trench life,brings home the reader how ordinary people became soldiers,expected to lay down their lives for king and country.
on 5 August 2002
What is this book about, exactly? The book of the three part docu/reality/history programme is as confused as its TV counterpart. Leaping from very clumsy justification of the television series (which is neither needed nor asked for) there is little here to expand on the programme, and much which merely repeats verbatim large extracts of the commentary and first person accounts. In turn these not nearly as incisive or deftly used as either those from Richard Holmes's excellent "Western Front" (whose book of the series goes into considerably more depth than is possible during the course of the programme), or the books of Lyn Macdonald. The historical detail, whilst strong on small effects, gives little of the wider picture and produces a vague, unsettled image of the Western Front and the men who served there.
on 14 June 2002
Very disappointing. I was hoping for an explanation, if not a justification, for the making of the TV series, but the author gives little information about the modern day Hull Pals' experiences or emotions and even less factual detail about daily life in the trenches, other than that which could be gained by a cursory read through any modern history. Not at all "emotional and harrowing" (as per the blurb), merely superficial and uninformative.