Like all works about the First World War that deal with individuals in the trenches and the impact of the war has on their lives, the book can be a difficult read as sympathy grows for the writer and his men as they live and die. This is said to be a unique collection of letters and photographs from the front written by two young men who were heavily involved in the fighting for a number of years and whose writing gives authenticity to an existence we have all been spared. Four very hard years of war thankfully recorded. The book being a tribute to all those young men.
The Military History Group
The author has woven data from official records with personal data from diaries, letters and memoirs to build a unique and thorough review of the weapons, the British special troops training and deployment and taken a critical look at the Brigade's leader. A good selection of maps, sketches and photographs are used through the body of the book to ably illustrate the text.
This is an important book because it provides a balanced coverage of its subjects and exposes myths and misunderstandings that have sprung up over the years.