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Guardian & Observer reviews
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 Holmes draws on previously unpublished letters, diaries and memoirs from the men on the front line to paint a stunningly detailed and unforgettable portrait of an oft-unnoticed aspect of the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. It sold over 30,000 copies in hardback to date and reached number 2 on the bestseller lists. "Monumental" "Time Out"
The first history of World War I to place centre-stage the British soldier who fought in the trenches, this superb and important book tells the story of an epic and terrible war through the letters, diaries and memories of those who fought it.