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Tommy goes to war / Malcolm Brown ; with additional research by Shirley Seaton ; foreword by Gary Sheffield.

Malcolm Brown, 1930-

Barnsley : Greenhill Books, 2018.

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  • Title:
    Tommy goes to war / Malcolm Brown ; with additional research by Shirley Seaton ; foreword by Gary Sheffield.
  • Author: Malcolm Brown, 1930-
  • Contributor: Gary Sheffield 1961- author of introduction.;
    Imperial War Museum (Great Britain)
  • Subjects: Great Britain. Army -- History -- World War, 1914-1918; Great Britain. Army -- Great Britain. -- Army -- History; World War (1914-1918); World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Western Front; World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, British; History; Personal narratives -- British;
    Dewey: 940.341
  • Publication Details: Barnsley : Greenhill Books, 2018.
  • Language: English
  • Description: Contents: "A call to arms" -- "The tents are astir in the valley" -- "Tickled to death to go" -- "Up the line" -- "In the trenches" -- "Rats as big as rabbits" -- "Keep the Hun on his toes" -- "Out on rest" -- "It's unlucky to be killed on a Friday" -- "Just a line to say I go 'over the top' tomorrow" -- Into battle : "a great thing to be in" -- Into battle : "the most horrible invention that was ever known" -- "The terrible price" -- "Take me back to dear old blighty" -- "Cheer O! It's a jolly old war" -- "Guerre finie! Boche napoo!"
    Summary: "The image of the innocent British soldier (or "Tommy") setting off with a spring in his step in 1914 to fight the "Great War" would not last long. Indeed that initial euphoria would soon give way to a deep-seated bitterness as these young men endured the horror of the First World War. In a new edition of this extraordinary book, the uncensored letters, diaries, documents and many photographs tell the story of the British soldier (nicknamed Tommy) in their own words. While there are flashes of their wit and humour, the overwhelming feeling is that of a generation who felt let down by their superiors and left to perish. There are visceral, terrifying insights into life in the trenches and agonising descriptions of the squalor and privations of war. This haunting account also looks at the aggressive drive to recruit more soldiers through the Pals Battalion or Chum's Battalion. Friends from the same town or village; professional bodies, or work colleagues among others were encouraged to enlist en masse. They would fight together alongside their friends or colleagues. Many of them would sadly die together and leave communities wild with grief for a lost generation, robbed of a future having barely had a past. With a concise analysis of the British Army in the First World War, we are reminded of the terror of war, the fury, the fear and the frustration of what has been described by some as a war typified by the devastating assessment: "lions led by donkeys"."
  • Identifier: ISBN 9781784383299 (paperback); ISBN 1784383295 (paperback); BNB GBB8E7332; System number: 019009375
  • Notes: "In association with the Imperial War Museum."
    Includes QR code.
    Bibliography note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
    Original version: Originally published London : Dent, 1978.
  • Physical Description: 240 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm

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