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Tommy Goes to War (Paperback)

WWI Greenhill Books Greenhill: WWI

By Malcolm Brown
Greenhill Books
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 70
ISBN: 9781784383299
Published: 21st November 2018


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'The fury, fear, mud, blood, boredom and bravery that made up life on the Western Front are vividly presented and illustrated.' - The Sunday Telegraph

'Shows the changing mood of the infantrymen and their relatives from the euphoria of 1914 to the growing bitterness and disillusionment of the succeeding war years' - The Times

'Captures and conveys the generously naive spirit of the menfolk's o 1914-18' - BBC History Magazine

'I am delighted that this important book is being made available again; it deserves a fresh audience.' - Gary Sheffield

Tommy Goes to War is a classic pioneering work of First World War history, presenting a fascinating account of the life the British soldier on the Western Front. Based on carefully chosen extracts from the unpublished letters, diaries and oral testimony of dozens of ordinary soldiers, it presents a vivid, detailed portrait of soldiers' experiences from enlistment through front-line service to demobilisation.

The authors brings in the experience of soldier’s when they went into the line, and detail on how fear various between the men, and the experience of shell shock, and the hopes some had for a ‘cushy blighty’, soldier standing orders and more humorous ones such as ‘it is considered very unlucky to be killed on a Friday’.

Throughout are ordinary soldiers unpublished letter and diaries, oral testimonies.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

Well and elegantly written, this book, for all that some of the judgements are slightly dated, presents a subtle but comprehensive challenge to all the lazy narratives which have grown up around the First World War and I highly recommend it.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

Packed with superb material & excellent text from Malcolm & a new intro by @ProfGSheffield - recommended.

Paul Reed via Twitter
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