A history of the First World War told through hundreds of letters exchanged by ordinary British soldiers and their families Letters from the Trenches reveals what people really thought and felt during the conflict and covers all social classes and groups from officers to conscripts, servicewomen to conscientious objectors Jacqueline Wadsworth skilfully uses the letters to tell the human story of the First World War what mattered to Britain s soldiers, sailors and airmen and their feelings about the war how the conflict changed people and how life continued on the Home Front Voices within the book include Sergeant John Adams, 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers, who wrote in May 1917 For the day we get our letter from home is a red Letter day in the history of the soldier out here It is the only way we can hear what is going on The slender thread between us and the homeland Private Stanley Goodhead, of the Manchester Pals Battalion, wrote home in 1916 I came out of the trenches last night after being in 4 days You have no idea what 4 days in the trenches meansThe whole time I was in I had only about 2 hours sleep and that was in snatches on the firing step What dugouts there are, are flooded with mud and water up to the knees and the rats hold swimming galas in themWe are literally caked with brown mud and it is in all our food, tea etc....
|Title||:||Letters from the Trenches: The First World War by Those Who Were There|
|Publisher||:||Pen and Sword February 19, 2015|
|Number of Pages||:||176 pages|
|File Size||:||683 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Letters from the Trenches: The First World War by Those Who Were There Reviews
This genre brings war to life. This particular book was well-written and had gut-level emotion. It's a shame they don't make such books required reading in schools.
"Letters from the Trenches" gives readers the opportunity to learn about World War I in a first-hand manner. The author pencils an outline of the world events, then fills in the color with the stories of people and allows us to experience what they lived through.
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Powerful story of what trench warfare was all about and how many soldiers, both German and allied, were killed because of machine guns, artillary, and incorrect orders from higher ups to "go over the top" into the hail of machine guns while only carrying gold action .303 rifles.
It seems we do not talk about WW1 as much as WW2. This book brings you back 100 years to the men fighting and the families left home. An amazing book and a must read.
I had not read anything about "The Great War" and this book brought it to life. Quite a revelation that brought to kind sing lyrics: "...war, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!"
An interesting look back to World War One. The most interesting letters were between husbands and wives or between sweethearts....A reminder of how different the Edwardian era began to how it ended
This was an excellent overview of the war from many different perspectives, both on the battlefield and at home. Chilling to think of the inconceivable carnage that occurred. Even more unbelievable is the fact that they did it all again twenty years later.