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The First Hundred Thousand (Unit "K (1)" #1)
by Ian Hay
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by BiblioLife
(first published January 1st 1917)
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A mixed message. The author was determined to be patriotic and unshocking yet wanted to tell the truth about the trenches experience. 'Brother Bosch' is wicked and nefarious; British High Command is well-meaning if bureaucratic; the squaddies are brave, self-sacrificing, dutiful, resigned; casualties are inevitable and necessary. The terrible conditions are alluded to but not dwelt upon, and the sacrifice of thousands of lives for a few yards of mud is accepted as part of the necessary game.
A compact and vivid memoir of a Scottish officer from his service as one of the first volunteers in the King's Army during the first world war. Full of clever and funny language, and like most realistic war novels, covers the actual war in a rather short and (view spoiler)[depressingly brutal (hide spoiler)] second part.
John Hay Beith was born on 17 April 1876 in UK the third son and sixth child of Janet Fleming and his husband John Alexander Beith, a cotton merchant, magistrate, and leading member of the local Liberals. He was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh and St. Johns College, Cambridge. He was a second-lieutenant in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and was in France in April of 1915 and was one o ...moreMore about Ian Hay...
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