1st ed., 2005. Xvi + 543 pp., photo-plates with cold., backgrounds (duplicated between pp., 208 – 209.) D.j., 24 x 15cm. Some plates duplicated o/w FINE. Of the million British dead of the First World War, only one – the Unknown Soldier – was ever returned to his native land. An anonymous symbol of all those lost without trace in the carnage of the battlefields, he was laid to rest in Westminster Abbey amid an outpouring of national grief. Drawing largely on unpublished letters and diaries, the author has resurrected the lives and experiences of three unknown soldiers – a Briton, a German and an American. Every word is based on the testimony of those who fought, those who died and those who mourned at home. Few books have ever shown the terrible reality of warfare in such compelling detail, or told such a moving story of human life and loss.