Voices from the Front: An Oral History of the Great War

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9781781254745: Voices from the Front: An Oral History of the Great War

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Peter Hart, then a young oral historian at the Imperial War Museum in London, conducted 183 interviews with British World War I veterans. After the death of the last veteran in 2009, these interviews have become a rare and invaluable record of the Great War, as remembered by the men who experienced it. The men spoke to Hart of the familiar horrors of the war-poison gas, lice, muddy trenches, newly minted tanks, and sinking ships-enriching each memory with personal anecdote, shedding light on war's effect on soldiers both in wartime and during the years that followed.

Hart now returns to these interviews in Voices from the Front. His new book not only provides a narrative timeline of the events of 1914 to 1918, but restores individuality and humanity to the men who were often treated like expendable resources. Hart uses the transcripts of these conversations as a framework on which to build a unique depiction of Britain's experience of the war-one separated from the boastful exaggerations or, alternatively, the underplaying euphemisms often found in letters mailed home or to fellow soldiers. By including the testimonies of men such as William Holbrook, who was just 15 when he enlisted, as well as Harold Bing, an anti-war demonstrator, Hart breathes new life into the experiences of both young soldiers and those who morally opposed the war. The result is history as both narrative and recollection; war experienced first-hand but looked at now from a great distance. Here is an intimate and humanized account of the first great cataclysm of the twentieth century, one endured by the men whose voices we hear in this book, and whose legacies are with us still.

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Peter Hart is Oral Historian of the Imperial War Museum in London and the author of Gallipoli, The Great War: A Combat History of the First World War, and Fire and Movement: The British Expeditionary Force and the Campaign of 1914.

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"[Hart's] account of the First World War is eminently readable and, for the historical novice, a perfect introduction to the conflict. The prolific author of military histories presents a well-balanced work that marries tactical histories of the war with an exploration of war experience that has been central to the cultural military historian's task since the 1970s. Tactical and cultural military histories do not always come together so neatly--if they come together at all--and Hart, to his credit, carries it off admirably. The book, moreover, is methodologically sound Voices from the Front also provides researchers with a tantalizing survey of the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive's holdings. It seems there is something for everyone. Scholars of memory should be particularly intrigued but those who work on gender, technology, and environment will also have their interest piqued."--H-Net


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