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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.
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on 22 June 2014
It has come to my attention the negative reviews this book has got. Coming to read this book many years after this BBC series has ended I lacked a lot of the prejudices.

I think this book is one of only a handful of books available on the market that attempt to inform the reader of what life was like in the trenches on a day to day period for a battalion and with this being the aim of the books I think it really is a true success and although with the books origins linked to the BBC series I think this book goes beyond this to inform the reader more of what life for an average soldier in the trenches was.

I thought the comparisons between the original Hull Pals and the modern Hull Pals were fascinatingly similar. It’s a book that hooked me and I felt that some of the criticisms mentioned in other reviews were slightly harsh.

How often do we see books that are made from TV programs that explain little more than what was featured on the TV series? I find that The Trench covers parts of the TV program but goes beyond that to give us a feeling of the historical nature behind the TV series.

I picked this book up cheap and was pleased I did. Great book to read if you can get your hands on it.
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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.
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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.
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on 1 August 2015
excellant.
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