War Letters To A Wife Paperback – 13 Feb 2009
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This is a brilliant book, one of the finest personal accounts of war on the Western Front I have yet read. Feilding was a front line soldier, a natural leader, and these letters, written so closely after the events they describe, give a vivid picture of the sights and scenes on and off the battlefield and lucidly express his own thoughts and feelings. Visiting Mametz three days after its capture on 1st July 1916 he writes: Scarcely a wall stands, and of the trees nothing remains but mangled twisted stumps. The ruins present an appalling and most gruesome picture of the havoc of war, seen fresh, which no pen or picture can describe. You must see it, and smell it, and hear the sounds to understand. It brings a sort of sickening feeling to me even now, though I consider myself hardened to such sights.
These letters really opened my eyes to what men have gone through during wartime. The writer had an understanding for other men, and for the effort they put in their duty. His Christian nature came out in his letter. He spoke of Providence a lot more than he did luck or chance (although the author, from what I gathered, was obviously Catholic).
Also, you see how much he cares for his wife through his letters. The fact that he spoke of so many details and kept nothing from her showed his love. Through his words you see the kind of man he was. I really enjoyed this book and it gave me some new insight on the Great War and those involved.
Because these are letters written in the moment, they don't, of course, have the retrospective perspective of classic memoirs such as Goodbye To All That - but offer something immediate and close to the moment.
Thanks to the publisher for a review copy via Netgalley
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