Tuesday, 19 March 2013

1914-1918 An Eyewitness to War - Edited by Bob Carruthers

The information presented was written by Chris Buckham; however, it was published in Soldier Magazine. Therefore, the material is reproduced here by the author with the permission of the magazine. If you would like to republish this information or refer to excerpts please contact the Assistant Editor Soldier Magazine (rclark@soldiermagazine.co.uk). Website for the Magazine is: http://www.army.mod.uk/soldier-magazine/soldier-magazine.aspx
Title: 1914-1918 An Eyewitness to War
Author: Edited by Bob Carruthers
ISBN: 978-1-78159-151-2
Publisher: Pen-and-Sword Books

I enjoyed this book. What made it somewhat unique for me from other ‘eyewitness’ accounts was that it encompassed not only the recollections of soldiers from all walks of life and services, but also from non-combatants such as painters and journalists who were also involved at the front. The recollections are, at times, a bit hard to follow as they are presenting perspective and emotion as opposed to fact. They are; however, very honest and insightful. Indeed, one is presented with views not normally associated with traditional war commentaries (such as the civilian fire chief of the town of Verdun). A moving and worthwhile work.

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