ON THE WESTERN FRONT: SOLDIERS' STORIES FROM FRANCE & FLANDERS 1914-1918.

Laffin, John.


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Stroud, new ed., 1997. 277 pp., photo-ills., + ills., + maps. D.j., 22 x 16cm. FINE. The author believes that the anecdotes which make up this collection are the first serious attempt to show the humanity of the soldier on the Western Front. They reflect the conditions, attitudes and practices of 1914-18, revealing the soldier's war from first shot to last. His collection comes from many sources including both of his parents who served in the conflict, conversations with old soldiers, letters, diaries, unpublished and published books several decades out of print. Altogether they are representative of the experiences of millions of young men during that devastating period; English, Welsh, Scots, Irish, Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, Indians and Americans. Many of the illustrations are previously unpublished and there is a glossary of army terms.


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