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CHEVRONS, a novel of life in the ranks of the Old Army during the closing days of WWI, was not quite what I expected. It was not, however, a disappointment. The characters, the language and the 'feel' of that life was genuine and authentic. The animosity between the officers and the ranks was there. And the feel of the enlisted men, draftees and NCO's as coming from the lower strata of society was also clearly shown. Perhaps a good companion piece to this book would be the autobiography of LTC ...more
Sergeant Eadie reads like fiction written by an expert, and indeed Leonard Nason was a WWI veteran. It is NOT propaganda, unlike almost every other 'war book' I have read in the last sixty years. Copyrighted in 1927, the only axe Nason grinds is that of the poor, over-taxed and under-appreciated dough=boy in the mud of France. Uneven, oddly-paced, and often profane, it reeks of authenticity and the ragged humanity that war without mercy, industrialized war, breeds in men. Eadie not a draftee, no ...more