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Titre : 1915 : The Death of Innocence
Éditeur : Henry Holt & Company, New York, New York, U.S.A.
Date d'édition : 1994
Reliure : Hard Cover
Etat du livre : Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Near Fine
Edition : 1st Printing
625pp. with 73 b/w photographs and illustrations and maps. A highly researched account of the second year of World War I, with many first-hand accounts of the battles of Ypres, Neuve Chapelle, Loos, and Gallipoli. Clean. N° de réf. du libraire 007814
By Christmas 1914, the wild wave of enthusiasm that had sent men flocking to join up a few months earlier began to tail off, and though the original British Expeditionary Force had suffered 90 percent casualties, most people, particularly the soldiers themselves, still believed that 1915 would see the breaking of the deadlock. But their hopes were shattered on the bloody battlefields of Neuve Chapelle, Ypres, Loos, and far away on the shores of Gallipoli.
Lyn Macdonald's story of 1915 is stark, brutal, frank, sometimes painfully funny, always human. Never before has any writer collected so many firsthand accounts of the experiences of ordinary soldiers, through diaries, letters, and interviews with survivors -- and it is the dogged heroism and sardonic humor of the soldiers that shine through the pages of this epic narrative. 1915 is a uniquely compelling blend of military history and poignant memories of the fighters who survived the ordeal.
By concentrating on the minutiae of life in the trenches -- the daily battles with cold and damp, the endless scrounging for food, the frantic improvisation required to carry out impossible orders -- Macdonald manages to convey the sheer craziness of the nightmare.( Sunday Times (London))
Macdonald's narrative, constructed around a succession of remarkable and fresh first-hand accounts, is both compelling and vivid.( Times Literary Supplement)
Macdonald's heart lies firmly with the common soldiers and junior officers who manned the trenches and followed the orders that all too often cost their lives... The reader feels at times that he is actually in the thick of the battle.( Newsday)
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