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Incredibly, the stories, taken from diaries and letters home, fit together, paint a picture and carry a message, a warning for all to hear. Most war books tell the victor's tale, recount grand strategies and battles won. But seldom do we hear from the lonely foot soldier or those left a home trying to subsist on scant food, or from those who end up paying the ultimate price but had no say. From someone who seldom reads war books I highly recommend this one.
A truly wonderful, memorable account. It had me wincing at gruesome detail, as well as laughing out loud at certain comic ironies detailed by some of the witnesses - proves how determined the human spirit can be!
Most importantly of all, it allowed me to see what our then enemies were thinking and feeling ... and to be honest, they were no different to us - they just wanted to go home.
This book has been a truly uplifting experience.
This book is extremely useful for A level students studying WW1 in English Lit.
A perfect book to dip in and out of, or to read straight through as I did, stopping only to note key quotations and muse over the full implications of the heart-wrenching true-life stories, many of which would remain hidden forever without this masterpiece.
Some of the diaries end abruptly with the death of the writer, which ironically, is possibly what helped to preserve them, as the written thoughts of those who died were very precious to relatives left behind.
Some of the accounts are beautifully written - particularly impressive are young Yves Congar who survived to become a Cardinal in the Catholic Church, and German teenager Piete Kuehr, who became an author as an adult.
The book contains the first account I have read from the Turks at Gallipoli, and offers a fascinating comparison of two diaries kept by opposing sides in East Africa.There is a glimpse of events that may have helped shape future history with the writings of Rudolf Hess, who became a founding father of the Nazi Party.
Most moving of all for me were the jottings of Canadian soldier Winthrop "Winnie" McClare, who enrolled underage, having built up his physical strength from working on his family's farm as a young teenager. His curtailed education meant that his writing style remained unpolished, underlining his extreme youth.
For those interested in the military and social history of the period, this is an enjoyable and very readable book, extremely well researched. Where possible, details of the diarists are supplied, which helps to round off their stories, and brings them alive to us.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book was in very good order, and very impressed with the service. Also a great read and quite moving in places.Published on 11 April 2014 by Amazonian
This should be mandatory reading for any person with the power and inclination to engage in war. The letters of those engaged in the act of warfare to those they had left at home,... Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2014 by D.N.Worthington
I bought this for a colleague at work since I already owned a copy and had been enjoying the sense of authenticity of accounts.Published on 28 May 2011 by Pete Abrams
This is a very interesting way of documenting WW1. I would recommend it as a study guide for this period because it has none of the dryness and clinicalness of many war history... Read morePublished on 13 July 2009 by R. Davies
I am studying English literature of the first world war at college. This introduced me only to a biased English perspective. Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2005
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