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This review is from: The Soldier's War: The Great War Through Veterans' Eyes (Paperback)
I never write book reviews and do read quite a lot. I usually buy from Amazon and very often on the basis of the reviews that I've read on here.
However this book was bought for me about 18 months or so ago. This is not a book I would have chosen and so never really wanted to read it. However, as it was a present I thought I ought to at some point.
I wish I had read this when I got it!
This book is truly excellent. Sometimes I've laughed, sometimes felt sad and sometimes felt grateful for how different things are now. One or two entries are truly moving.
This is a must read for anyone to appreciate what life was like during the First World War. It wasn't all destruction and death and I was surprised at the level of boredom the soldiers had to endure (and at times how 'civilised' we were with Jerry). My understanding of this war is now very different but so much better. The book doesn't trivialise the events as its essentially a vast collection of diary entries, letters and private book extracts put into chronological order. In between there are occasional narratives to describe what events are actually happening so you can put in context what the soldiers are referring to in their writing.
If you've had any thoughts about buying this book, then please just GET IT - you won't go wrong.