Ted Smart, St. Helens, Rep., 2002. X + 326 pp., various photo-ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. In 1972 the Imperial War Museum set about the momentous task of tracing ordinary veterans and survivors of the First World War and interviewing them in detail about their experiences. The tapes include first-hand experiences of British, French, German, American, Canadian and Anzac soldiers and has since grown to be the most important of its kind in the world, providing a vivid and compelling account of day-to-day life at that time. Previously, historians have only used a fraction of the material but now, after hundreds of hours in the archives and unlimited access to the complete World War I tapes, the author has created this landmark history of the First World War.