BOOK CONDITION etc.:
A black cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine in FINE (as new) condition in a FINE (as new) condition dust wrapper.
318 pages; 167 mm. x 240 mm. x 30 mm. weight unwrapped 623 grams - weight wrapped for postage 760 grams.
PRICE (GBP) £11.50 plus postage - Included for UK.
We know a lot about Lawrence of Arabia but what do we know of the common soldier who fought on the Middle Eastern Front?
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The narrative is divided into eleven sections, of which the most important deal with naval matters. ‘Bartimeus’ gives a detailed account, supplemented by some extremely interesting statistics, of the part played by the various branches of the Royal Navy and by the Merchant Navy. He also describes a number of specific naval actions and the exploits of individual vessels. His account includes quotations from records and signal logs which, with their staccato humour and supreme understatement, relieve the tension of the story and reveal some remarkable personalities.
The naval aspect of the campaign is seen in relation to the military strategy and to the political background, with particular reference to the French, whose attitude is clearly analysed. In correlating his material he combines technical accuracy with literary quality; he balances the factual and statistical with the human – at times super-human – element in his narrative; and in setting down the details which he records so faithfully, he never loses sight of the magnitude of the undertaking as a whole.
Using personal accounts from the diaries and letters of British soldiers who served in the First World War, David Woodward describes the experiences of combat in Egypt and Palestine. Drawing upon unpublished records in the Imperial War Museum,
Forgotten Soldiers of the First World War paints a vivid picture of life for the British Tommy in conditions vastly different from Western Front, where heat, sand storms and insects proved just as deadly as the enemy.
QUOTES FROM THE PREFACE
“The soldier on the Western Front envied and in fact felt intensely hostile to his opposite number in Egypt, who in his opinion, was having a “cushy” time basking in the warm sunshine and being fanned to sleep by lovely houris.”
“I have been told that it was at one time the vogue in England to consider the soldiers, whom fate and the War Office had condemned to serve in Egypt, only one degree better than a conscientious objector”