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In Battle & Captivity, 1916-1918: A British Officer's Memoirs of the Trenches and a German Prison Camp (Eyewitnesses from The Great War) Kindle Edition
Initially published in 1917 under the title On the Right of the British Line, this is the first book written by the extraordinary Captain Gilbert Nobbs. Dedicated to his ever loving wife, the harrowing memories and experiences of Nobbs at the Battle of the Somme and after are captured here in a rare account of what proved to be one of the most ultimately futile battles and the agonising aftermath.Following his journey from the fields of the Somme into German custody, In Battle & Captivity 1916-1918 provides an unflinching report of the dramatic losses felt during the horrific Battle of the Somme. However, the book manages to maintain a message of hope that, despite experiencing the barbarity of German captivity, there can still be happiness, as Nobbs proclaimed, 'I do not deplore the loss of my sight, for I can say in all sincerity that I was never happier in my life than I am today.'During the Somme Offensive he led his company in an assault on the German trenches and sustained a shot to the head, which left him permanently blind when the bullet exited through his right eye. Grievously wounded, Nobbs lay undiscovered in a shell-hole as the battle raged round him. After two days he was found and awoke to find himself in a German hospital. Once his wounds had been treated Nobbs was sent to a POW camp where he remained for three months. Fortunately, one month later the truth was discovered, and in December 1916, Nobbs returned to England, where his home, wife and family awaited him. This is the astonishing autobiographical account of Henry Gilbert Nobbs, an extraordinary man of inexhaustible energy whose memoirs will forever provide one of life's enduring monuments to the human spirit.
- ASIN : B00XIMPALQ
- Publisher : Pen & Sword Military (September 11, 2014)
- Publication date : September 11, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1261 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 144 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,261,917 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
5 out of 5
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 30, 2022
Only firsthand accounts can provide that on-the-spot feel of battle and the fall of friends and comrades. This book quickly takes you from receiving orders, entraining for your embarkation spot, arriving on the front, getting your assignment and further orders, and hurrying forward in the attack, only to be wounded, and with your long recovery as a prisoner in an enemy hospital. A very heartrending and descriptive account of what it means to fight a desperate action in WWI.