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Memories from the Front Line: An Ordinary Soldier's Journal of the Great War

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When World War One broke out in 1914, the British government called for volunteers to fight for King and Country. Over a million men rushed to join this volunteer army, hoping for a great adventure. Henry Chew was one of those young men. Follow his travels from Scotland to Egypt, Egypt to the Somme, through the mud and the hellish battles in France and Belgium that nearly ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published June 16th 2014 by Silverwood Books (first published May 20th 2014)
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Daniel
Oct 12, 2014 Daniel rated it it was amazing
This book is very different from many other memoirs and books that I have read from and about this era.
It is very interesting to hear what the common man experienced during the great war as the point of view brought across is usually from senior officers and historians. Henry Chews journey is a remarkable one and while some maps would have helped to get a better grasp on the geographical journey no such visual aids were required for the emotional one.
As a non-historian i sometimes found it diff
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Claudia
Mar 31, 2016 Claudia rated it really liked it
I won this book through the Giveaways. I found it interesting to read a first person account of life on the front line. The author was a young guy who joined the Royal Scots regiment and was first posted in Egypt, before being moved across Europe as the war progressed. In the book there is a mix of war telling stories, as well as how the troops were trying to get by and do "normal" everyday things during a difficult time, such as going to church or to the cinema. Most of the journal entries are ...more
Jo Williamson
Mar 05, 2016 Jo Williamson rated it really liked it
While I found it a little "dry", the inclusion of anecdotes did lift it. I found it very interesting and could imagine many of he circumstances.

The book definitely gives that personal perspective to what might otherwise be seen as merely a collection of of facts.

Would I recommend it? Yes I would - I am also sending it on to my mother ( who writes Local History books).
Stephen
Mar 06, 2016 Stephen rated it liked it
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Interesting journal of common soldier in WWI, but at 60-something pages it's more of a pamphlet.
Joseph Ramo
Great book ....love to read about old war stories...I respect the soldiers that fought and fight for our freedom...
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