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To Hell and Back With the Guards Paperback – April, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Merlin Books Ltd (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863034039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863034039
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,916,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Will on December 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent account of the trench warfare of World War 1. Norman Cliff entered the army at the age of 21 towards the end of 1914, immediately joining the Grenadier Guards. His love for his friends in arms is matched only by his resentment of the system to which so many would peril needlessly. Mr. Cliff would see action at Loos, the Somme (where he is wounded) and the muddy hell they called Passchendaele, he would also witness the German offensive in the spring of 1918 and fight right to the end of the war. Norman Cliff was a sensitive soul, so it is riveting to read his depictions of the total world of devastation that he lived in for over three years. He saw most of his friends die and was haunted by the scenes of butchery until his death at the ripe old age of 83. He wrestles with that subject in his book, why he was allowed to live and yet so many of his friends would die, eternally young. His work paints a realistic and disturbing visual picture of warfare, which stems from his natural story telling ability (he would become a reporter after the war and eventually a friend to none other then the Mahatma Gandhi). He became an extreme pacifist after the war, spending his time in the pursuit of peace, only to leave the world without realizing that dream. His book is not proliferated with boastful heroic deeds, but is a strict anti-war creed which displays combat as it truly is; filthy and hellish. Though hidden by the horrors of combat to the private soldier was Cliff's popularity with his fellow Tommies, and his blank refusal to promotion or commission, though offered to him several times. He survived virtually unscathed two of the most horrible battles of the war and was decorated for valor, and served in the toughest outfit that the British army had.Read more ›
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