By Lyn Macdonald
Via the tip of 1914, the battered British forces have been slowed down, but hopeful that promised reinforcements and spring climate may quickly bring about a triumphant step forward. A yr later, after appalling losses at Aubers Ridge, bogs, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres and far off Gallipoli, combating appeared set to head on for ever. Drawing on wide interviews, letters and diaries, this publication brilliantly inspires the soldiers' dogged heroism, sardonic humour and negative lack of innocence via 'a 12 months of cobbling jointly, of frustration, of indecision'. Over decades' study places Lyn Macdonald one of the maximum renowned chroniclers of the 1st global conflict. right here, from the poignant stories of members, she has once more created an unforgettable slice of army historical past.
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1915: The Death of Innocence by Lyn Macdonald