Tommy: the British soldier on the Western Front, 1914-1918

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HarperCollins, 2004 - History - 717 pages
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A history of the ordinary British soldier in the First World War. Richard Holmes deploys his skills of historical analysis to tell the human story of the men that comprised the British army.

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Review: Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front

User Review  - Chris Passingham - Goodreads

I have given this book 5 stars because it is a wonderfully well written and keenly observed account of real life in the trenches and it also debunks many myths and popular misconceptions about the Great War from the standpoint of a well known and respected historian Read full review

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User Review  - Edward Cain - Goodreads

We judge the soldiers on the Western Front by "poems they never read, or cast them in dramas they would never have bothered to watch." It makes their deeds seem alien, and their motives impenetrable ... Read full review


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Switzerland to the Sea
The Ebb and Flow of Battle

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About the author (2004)

Richard Holmes is the author of Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer; Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage; Shelley: The Pursuit; Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804; and Coleridge: Darker Reflections, 1804-1834, which was a 1999 New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and a National Book Critics Circle Awards finalist. He lives in England.

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