1915: The Death of Innocence by Lyn Macdonald

By Lyn Macdonald

Via the tip of 1914, the battered British forces have been slowed down, but hopeful that promised reinforcements and spring climate could quickly result in a successful step forward. A 12 months later, after appalling losses at Aubers Ridge, bathrooms, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres and far off Gallipoli, struggling with appeared set to move on for ever. Drawing on broad interviews, letters and diaries, this booklet brilliantly inspires the soldiers' dogged heroism, sardonic humour and poor lack of innocence via 'a 12 months of cobbling jointly, of frustration, of indecision'. Over decades' examine places Lyn Macdonald one of the maximum well known chroniclers of the 1st international battle. the following, from the poignant stories of contributors, she has once more created an unforgettable slice of army heritage.

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I’d prefer it if you said she died tragically. We are conducting a murder-type enquiry, but it might not be murder, Miss Farrow. It could be a terrible accident. ’ 52 ‘Yes, all right. I will be very discreet. She will be missed dreadfully, you know. She did such a lot for the village, such a lot. She wanted to help the people here, wanted to serve them in some way. I do hope they respected her for that. . ’ ‘I must talk to you at length another time because we do need to know everything about her, Miss Farrow.

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