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on 10 July 2009
Firstly a word of warning: I was initially disappointed when I bought this book, because it is almost exactly the same as another of his books "Forgotten Soldiers of the First World War", which I already have. So I have 2 books the same but with different titles!

Having said that, it is extremely interesting to read about the experiences of the soldiers in what is a forgotten area of the First World War. Most people only know about the experiences of the soldiers in the trenches in France and Belgium and the major battles of the Somme and Passchendaele. However there were major theatres of war in the Middle East and also Salonika.

Most of these soldiers would never have been abroad before so reading about their experiences in their own words brings the realities of war to life and gives greater understanding as to what life must have been like.

Definitely worth reading.
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on 15 September 2014
This is a very readable account of the First World War campaigns in Palestine T(today's Israel and Gaza). It opened my eyes to the appalling conditions the troops had to endure 1916-18 and filled in my knowledge of the place where my uncle went missing (presumed dead) in 1917. It is a theatre of the war that is mostly overlooked 100 years on.
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on 28 April 2014
Very readable with a balanced mix of various soldiers' diaries , and the planning and action on the ground.
The extreme weather - dry / wet, hot/cold and infecting insect bites make just an uncomfortable setting as the mud and
trenches of the Western Front
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on 25 May 2014
I was looking for a readable but well researched account of this theatre to help me with research that I was carrying out. It fitted the bill exactly. Recommended
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