By Lyn Macdonald
Through the top of 1914, the battered British forces have been slowed down, but hopeful that promised reinforcements and spring climate might quickly bring about a positive step forward. A 12 months later, after appalling losses at Aubers Ridge, bathrooms, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres and far off Gallipoli, scuffling with appeared set to head on for ever. Drawing on huge interviews, letters and diaries, this ebook brilliantly conjures up the soldiers' dogged heroism, sardonic humour and negative lack of innocence via 'a yr of cobbling jointly, of frustration, of indecision'. Over decades' learn places Lyn Macdonald one of the maximum well known chroniclers of the 1st international warfare. the following, from the poignant thoughts of contributors, she has once more created an unforgettable slice of army historical past.
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1915: The Death of Innocence by Lyn Macdonald