Here, Lyn Macdonald lets the men who were there tell their stories.
They are vivid, harrowing, sometimes terrifying - yet shot through
with humour, and tales of immense courage and an astonishing spirit
Lyn Macdonald is one of the most highly regarded historians of the First World War. Her books tell the men's stories in their own words and cast a unique light on the experiences of the ordinary 'Tommy'. The Roses of No Man's Land, Somme and They Called it Passchendaele have been recently reissued by Penguin. She lives near Cambridge.
Somme expresses the full range of meaning of the word
'grim'...I doubt if there are any better than this -- John Terraine
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A worthy addition to the literature of the Great War * Daily Mail *