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On the Front Line: True World War I Stories Paperback – August 27, 2009

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Malcolm Brown is one of our leading experts on the First World War at the Imperial War Museum. His other books include Tommy Goes to War (Tempus), The Imperial War Museum Book of the Somme and The Imperial War Museum Book of 1918: Year of Victory.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (August 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849010676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849010672
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,749,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a terrific collection of accounts from various participants in World War One. The stories reveal, through the eyes of the ordinary soldier, sailor or airman, what the war was like. Gas attacks, aerial dogfights,and "going over the top" are just a few of the topics covered. The narratives of the combatants really make the reader aware of the drudgery of war, the misery of trench life, the terrible cost in human lives and the final joy of the Armistice. This book originated from Great Britain in 1930. At that time, the editor, C.B. Purdom, of Everyman Magazine, requested entries for a new collection of Great War accounts (World War One was generally refered to as the Great War until World War Two came along). Readers of the magazine responded with their own personal war stories. C.B. Purdom then assembled 60 of these personal narratives into this book. Each account averages less than 10 pages in length, so this book can be savored at a nice slow pace. There is a nicely detailed and categorized table of contents and a foreword by pre-eminent historian Malcolm Brown. I highly recommend this title for any reader that wants to satisfy their curiosity about World War One experience. For a greater overview of the war, I would suggest reading H.P. Wilmot's World War One. World War I John Ellis Eye-Deep in Hell: Trench Warfare in World War I Martin Gilbert The First World War, Second Edition: A Complete History
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All the published stories in the book were very good but I sometimes had difficulty understanding the writer's point of view. The books contributors were all English soldiers and was written using their English accents so there were some parts of each story I had trouble visualizing what their words meant. I don't reqret reading the book because each writer's experiences helped me understand better the hardships they endured.
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A collection of stories from those that were there . A real insight into the horrors of WW1.How any survived is truely astounding.
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This book gives a view from the front line soldiers point and hides nothing. Each little chapter is an eye opener to the average reader who is reading about our past history of what transpired at that war.
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The individual stories are short and clear. Reading the same reactions to reality again and again helps with understanding the strain of permanent, random mortality. What a nightmare all those millions endured!
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I enjoy reading the books that were written soon after the war by those who were there, This is excellent in that it was a compilation of short stories by those who were there, written in their words not a literary person.
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Amazing! Got ahold of me and was hard to put down. Really gave color and life to the participants of the First World War.
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The introduction says it to begin with: mr. Lewis has carefully chosen the personal stories and that makes them readable and - much more important- a very moving experience that, I think, does justice to all witnesses of that remarkable and horrifying period.
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