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Fred's War: A Doctor in the Trenches,
This review is from: Fred's War: A Doctor in the Trenches (Hardcover)
Totally gripping. A truly vivid depiction of life for a military doctor in the first year of the Great War. Writing in the present tense the author brings an immediacy to the daily lives of these young men caught in a conflict beyond their imagination.
The level of detail in the research brings these ordinary men back to life in an extraordinary fashion. Arriving in France without maps, ill-equipped and unprepared you get a real sense of how an epic adventure turned to disaster.Davidson's rich and colourful descriptions of the photographs make them unnervingly modern and hugely personal. The reader gets to know Fred, and his mates, just as the author got to know his grandfather ! Real insight into the personality of a generation for whom character, stoicism, and chums were everything.