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2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, arguably the definitive conflict in the history of Europe. Never before or since has such a great swell of popular sentiment produced such a patriotic rush to arms. In the trenches and on the battlefield, British soldiers united with their allies to fight valiantly for the cause. At very great cost, they delivered Western Europe from a new Dark Age.

Providing a vital insight into this pivotal period, historians John Sadler and Rosie Serdiville disclose the poignant and emotive experiences of war, in the front line and behind, from men and women of every class and background. Combining rich anecdote and unique testimony, the stories of those that passed through the ordeal of war reveal remarkable tales of horror and suffering, but also the comradeship, exhilaration and adventure of the Western Front. This is the human story of the Great War, told by those who lived through it.


The genuine voice of the trenches and at times a surprisingly upbeat one... What shines through is the attempts of these men to hang on to their humanity.

Mail on Sunday

A good, clearly arranged, well-researched book with informative commentary.

Sunday Express

A rewarding and insightful read… a detailed and dedicated work...

Family Tree

...a vivid and in-depth account of the war to end all wars.

Choice Magazine

This extraordinary book documents the ordeal of the Great War through the eyes of those who lived through it, with aspects of the horror and pain, balanced with stories of camaraderie, adventure, and even exhilaration.

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  • 9 May 2013
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