• Once again Lyn Macdonald has collected an extraordinary mass of original accounts, some by old soldiers, some in the form of diaries and journals, even by French civilians . . . Her research has been vast, and in result is triumphant

  • These poignant voices from the past conjure up a lost innocence as well as a lost generation

    Piers Brendon, Mail on Sunday
  • A mammoth, vivid compendium of the first months of the war . . . What Lyn Macdonald captures is the extraordinary resilience of the British regulars faced with the brutal shattering of their expectations

    Daily Mail
  • Powerful and beautifully researched. A mind-numbing, heart-breaking book that should be alongside the field marshal's baton in every subaltern's kitbag


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