By Lyn Macdonald
By way of the tip of 1914, the battered British forces have been slowed down, but hopeful that promised reinforcements and spring climate could quickly bring about a triumphant step forward. A 12 months later, after appalling losses at Aubers Ridge, bogs, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres and remote Gallipoli, battling appeared set to move on for ever. Drawing on wide interviews, letters and diaries, this booklet brilliantly conjures up the soldiers' dogged heroism, sardonic humour and bad lack of innocence via 'a yr of cobbling jointly, of frustration, of indecision'. Over decades' learn places Lyn Macdonald one of the maximum renowned chroniclers of the 1st global conflict. right here, from the poignant thoughts of individuals, she has once more created an unforgettable slice of army background.
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1915: The Death of Innocence by Lyn Macdonald