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TOMMY: THE BRITISH SOLDIER ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1914-1918. - HOLMES,RICHARD:
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UK,thick 8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn,no price-clip to dw/dj - as new - wrapped+protected from day of issue/purchase.Bright,crisp,clean dw/dj; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Top+fore-edges bright and clean, contents bright,tight and near pristine.Bright,clean, publisher's original,plain black cloth bds with bright, crisp,stamped gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate text illustrated eps.Thick 8vo,vii-xxi+3-717pp [paginated] includes contents+illus lists/tables,prologue,introduction,3 b/w maps,32pp contemporary b/w photographs/diagrams/plans etc.,in 4 blocks of 8pp apiece,between pp128/9,pp256/7,pp432/33 and pp560/1 respectively,Pts I-VI comprising 24 chapters,envoi,references,biblio, acknowledgements,abbreviations+glossary,an index,plus {unpaginated] half-title+title pages and dedication. The First World War is deeply dug into the consciousness of the British.The images it conjures up are of blood, barbed wire,shell-holes filled with dead bodies; of subalterns with wispy moustaches who never had the chance to grow old;of soldiers with faces vacant from shell-shock;of great aunts who never married. The army that fought this war,warts and all,represented the greatest collective endeavour of the whole of British history.Over five million men served in the army,almost onemillion lost their lives,and over two million were wounded.As the war continued,these men drifted apart from the land that had raised them,and lived in a world with its own rules,values,beliefs and language.They celebrated the armistice in silence,not with wild rejoicing.Then they wenthome to pick up their lives. One veteran proudly affirmed that Tommy Atkins - the full private - was,when all is said and done,the one who won this war.He won it by sheer dogged pluck.Of this man too little has been heard,perhaps because he had a habit of going into places a thousand strong and coming out a remnant of a hundred or so.Dead men tell no tales of their own glory. Richard Holmes's landmark book 'Tommy' puts the direct experience of the ordinary British soldier centre stage.This is not the war as interpreted retrospectively by historians,but the war as it was felt - in the midst of battle,enduring the boredom of waiting,the exhaustion of travelling to and from the Front,of sharing a mug of tea with a friend and seeing him blown to tatters moments later. This is not an army of 'lions' led by 'donkeys'.It eschewssuch cliches.This is the war as it was fought,in the words of those that fought it. Please contact rpaxtonden@blueyonder.co.uk,because of the weight of this item,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!, LONDON.HARPER COLLINS,2004.

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[EAN: 9780007137510], [PU: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London], WORLD WAR ONE BRITISH SOLDIERS WESTERN FRONT ILLUST EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS, History|Europe|Great Britain|General, History|Military|World War I, Biography & Autobiography|Military, Jacket, TOMMY The British Soldier on the Western Front 1914 - 1918 Richard Holmes. Harper Collins, London 2004 Second Impression ISBN 0007137516 718pp Illustrated Hardback This copy is in mint, unmarked condition, bright, white, tight and square. The unclipped dust wrapper is in fine condition. The first history of the First World War to put the British soldier who fought in the trenches centre-stage. This superb and important book tells the story of this epic and terrible war through the letters, diaries and memories of those who fought it. Unmissable. The First World War is deeply dug into the consciousness of the British. The images it conjures are of blood, barbed wire, shell-holes filled with dead bodies; of subalterns with wispy moustaches who never had the chance to grow old; of soldiers with faces vacant with shell-shock; of great aunts who never married. Holmes, one of Britain's foremost military historians and TV presenters, broke new ground when he published Redcoat: his history of the British soldier 1750-1860. Now in the same inimitable style, Tommy tells the story of the First World War through the experiences of those who fought it. Over 6 million men served in the British army (22% of the adult male population). Nearly one million lost their lives and over 2 million were wounded. This is the story of all these men, and the women they left behind. By using completely unseen letters, diaries, memoirs and poetry of 1914-1918 to complete his picture of the generation that fought and died in the mud of Flanders during the First World War, the life and character of Sgt Tommy Atkins is cast. Richard Holmes quotes many who wrote at lunchtime and died before tea; of women who lost husbands and brothers in the same afternoon and those who's mental health was destroyed for ever by shell shock. He examines their motivation, the impact of their service, their attitudes to war and to the enemy, and ultimately the legacy of their experience. This book covers completely new ground and the result is a moving testament to the courage and sacrifice of a generation. It tells -- for the first time -- the real story of trench warfare, the strength and fallability of the human spirit, and the individuals behind an epic event. It is an emotional and unforgettable masterpiece from one of our most important historians. Ref LL2 Size: 718pp

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Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front
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Richard Holmes

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Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front

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First World War history taking a close-up view of the British soldier in the trenches. Holmes draws on previously unpublished letters, diaries and memoirs from the men on the front line to paint a stunningly detailed and unforgettable portrait of an oft-unnoticed aspect of the conflict. Will have guaranteed review coverage.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780007137510
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0007137516
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Publishing year: 1914
Publisher: Published by HarperCollins 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, London First Edition 2004. London 2004.

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