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The Soldiers' War: The Great War Through Veterans' Eyes

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  75 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
November 2008 sees the 90th anniversary of the end of the Great War, ‘the war to end all wars' that still haunts and fascinates in equal measure. Richard van Emden's new book tells that story as never before through the words and pictures of the men who were there. The Soldier's War includes incredible never-published-before letters and photographs to reveal the true stori ...more
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Bloomsbury UK
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Matt
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very interesting - dispels several common myths about soldiers in the great war. The choice of using memoirs and diaries to construct the book adds considerably to the pathos of warfare.
David Mcangus
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: war, non-fiction
My first exposure to WW1 history, was the excellent BBC documentary "The Great War". This gave a chronological insight into how the war was fought and the events that thrust it along in unparalleled death and destruction. It was also intelligent to gather surviving veterans while they were still alive to document their experiences on film. This book puts a greater focus on this later aspect and allows the soldiers themselves the opportunity to recount the horror, the mundane and the friendship d ...more
Graham
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, ww1
A heartfelt and eye-opening description of the First World War, told via letters and diaries from the British soldiers fighting on the front line.

As I understand it, the author has gone out of his way to incorporate previously-unpublished anecdotes and accounts of the various battles and situations that make up warfare. He also picks those accounts which reveal the mindset and the reality of being there in the trenches, rather than simply focusing on the combat and bloodshed (although, invariabl
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Matt
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb book,that takes the memoirs from all aspects from the front, some funny, some god fearing, some horrific. Compiled in a chronological order year by year, you can follow the whole war from the trenches and flavour how the attitudes change throughout the war.

I've read much on the 1st world war and learnt little of factual merit from this book, I guess that is because I am well versed in the western front, my grandfather fought in the battle of the Somme and later at Ypres. But this book add
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Lili
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book, with true accounts from the Great War. As the author says Once we could sit entrhalled as the veterans themselves talked: now we are left with the stories, but what stories they are. For me seeing their experiences from a soldier's point of view gave me a new insight into their war; which was not always the same as given in official reports.
Paul Taylor
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
At first I was disappointed with the snippets from soldiers' letters and diaries but as the book progressed the diaries provided an interesting continuum. Not a book to read if you want a thorough history of the war but an appropriate side order.
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