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Forgotten Voices of the Somme: The Most Devastating Battle of the Great War in the Words of Those Who Survived #2020

Forgotten Voices of the Somme The Most Devastating Battle of the Great War in the Words of Those Who Survived Drawing on a wealth of material from the vast Imperial War Museum Sound Archive Forgotten Voices of the Somme presents an intimate harsh but often poignant insight into life on the front line from t

  • Title: Forgotten Voices of the Somme: The Most Devastating Battle of the Great War in the Words of Those Who Survived
  • Author: Joshua Levine
  • ISBN: 9780091926274
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Forgotten Voices of the Somme: The Most Devastating Battle of the Great War in the Words of Those Who Survived By Joshua Levine, Drawing on a wealth of material from the vast Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, Forgotten Voices of the Somme presents an intimate, harsh but often poignant insight into life on the front line from the day to day struggle of extraordinary circumstances to the white heat of battle and the constant threat of injury or death.

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    1. I read Forgotten Voices of the Somme The Most Devastating Battle of the Great War in the Words of Those Who Survived by Joshua Levine a few weeks before the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of upper reaches of the River Somme in France It was the largest battle of World War 1 on the Western Front than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. [...]

    2. Devastating is the right word Drawn from recordings in the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, this is a mind blowing account of the human cost of the Battle of the Somme It s taken me most of July to read because it is hard to get through than a few pages at a time, given the level of the relentless carnage and suffering.I always tend to find traditional history books, and in particular tactical accounts of battles, difficult to take in, but these personal memories are far accessible and help [...]

    3. Excellent I don t know that the U.S has anything like this So I found it very interesting to hear read it straight from the horse s mouth, so to speak The surviving combatants spoke to the Imperial War Museum Recollections many years later about what they went through at Britain s most devastating battle It was very good.However, the parts that stood out for me the most had to do with burials At one point, they discuss how they would dig one big grave and a number of bodies in side by side I hav [...]

    4. No one can describe what the Battle of the Somme was really like unless they were there It was one continuous stream of wounded and dead and dying You had to forget all sentiment It was a case of getting on with the job Private H.D Jackson, 75th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps p 124 While I was on the Somme, life was absolutely miserable After that, I was never the same man again I was always looking to see how I could get away from the dangers I wanted to live I was never the same man [...]

    5. This book is hard going, not because the writing is bad but because the truth of the war is so hard hitting I found myself becoming overcome with anger most of the time and questioning why, so many lives were taken, but I was also in awe of the sheer bravery and nonchalant attitude of many of the soldiers It took me a while to complete this simply because of the immense feelings I had for it, it is an incredible book and an important one for everyone to read to show that there was barely any bit [...]

    6. The Imperial War Museum has a sound archive of ex servicemen talking about their experiences during the First World War This book is made up of extracts from those accounts and cover the Battle of the Somme, a combined British and French assault on strongly held German positions which started on the 1st July 1916 and continued until November.The book is arranged chronologically, so we get several accounts of joining up, travelling to the front and experiencing trenches for the first time, severa [...]

    7. This book is comprised of the writing of common soldiers and what they experienced at the Somme It adds an extra, necessary dimension to one s knowledge when there is access to the accounts of people who took part in the event Sometimes funny, sometimes difficult to read, this book covers the whole range of experiences at the battle which for Britain, holds special significance because of its deadly impact I recommend this book It is easy and interesting reading.

    8. I learned quite a bit about The Battle of The Somme from the mouths of those who fought it so I felt far fulfilling and touching than reading the facts and figures as if from a school textbook I found it satisfying, in some parts disturbing, and in some parts I actually found myself laughing for the wit of some men Petrified some of them may have been but they never lost their spirit Hands down to them all, and I feel somewhat lucky to have read about it from their points of view.

    9. Forgotten Voices of The Somme Very GoodHad to take my time with this book so as to take it all in Also as I found various sections quite harrowing and needed the odd break.I m not a particularly emotional person, rarely cry, but this brought tears to my eyes at times Equally, I ve never experienced that phrase makes the blood run cold before, but I have now Some of the accounts are horrific As to the bravery of these men, you can hardly imagine how they faced up to the conditions and what they h [...]

    10. This is a fascinating and throughly captivating book about the Battle of the Somme from the men who witnessed and fought it The stories some of these men had to tell were interesting to say the least not all of them were doom and gloom There was a lot of camaraderie and trust.I learnt a lot about the battle from this book and it was far interesting than reading a text book style book full of facts and figures.I actually found myself laughing at some parts of the book through the wit these men h [...]

    11. The ordinary voices of ordinary men gives an intimacy to this horrific moment in time, an intimacy that many a learned historian would be unable to articulate no matter how much understanding and knowledge that they possessed.Some of these recollections are full of pathos, others make you despair about the state of humanity, others will make you weep for the fates of individual men, and others are tales of terror and carnage told in the most matter of fact and mundane way possible.I ve read a fe [...]

    12. Breaking my usual e books where possible rule, I picked this up in a 2nd hand bookshop for 2 I ve read this in bite size portions over the last few months as a very easy book to pick up from where you left off.The book tells the battle of the somme directly from the mouths of the soldiers A thought provoking and stimulating read, and never dull Small snippets of text packing all the power and detail of a short story, ocassionally tinged with dry humour and always delivered in a matter of fact ap [...]

    13. A great series drawing on the oral archives of the Somme survivors Grim, poignant but at times funny and irreverent too.Very British orientated, with the odd German or French voice dotted in No mention of the thousands of Kiwis including my Great Uncle, killed in action, no known grave who were casualties there Real people, vignettes of a horrific battle beyond the reach of living memory now.

    14. A relatively easy read but with plenty of information and first hand accounts from the soldiers who fought during the Battle of the Somme, including in depth and bloody accounts of the first day This is a book I would highly recommend for anybody who is researching the war from the perspective of the soldiers.

    15. Love these forgotten voices series they really bring to life the conflicts and times they cover, not just with fact and figure but with all aspects of life and humour often dark that s needed to get through those situations Well worth a read to get a true all round account of life in the trenches It shows every thing from incompetence of officers to pure heroics of the men and women.

    16. Very sad and powerful read one cannot begin to imagine the horrors of trench warfare The different points of view the stories of luck and survival and the constant back in the mind why did this happen.

    17. It lacks the immediacy of the recent podcast series from IWM, however this is is still a remarkable collection of thoughts and observations from men who were young and went to the Great War

    18. Well there s not really much to be said after reading this, just that I cried quite a bit Such a sad and inexcusable part of history.

    19. i read every word too awful to really comprehend,the innocence of it all, and glimpses of the goodness in human nature ,terribly terribly sad

    20. This book is an interesting read to experience the battle of war in the words written by the very men who fought for our world It is a depressing read as it is very real but so worth the effort

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