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Poor bloody infantry: A subaltern on the Western Front, 1916-1917

Bernard Martin

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ISBN 10: 0719543746 / ISBN 13: 9780719543746
Published by J. Murray, 1987
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Poor bloody infantry: A subaltern on the ...

Publisher: J. Murray

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st.

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After seventy years we have no right to hope for a new first-hand account from the trenches. Yet here is a book which can stand comparison with those of Sassoon, Blunden and Graves. Bernard Martin survived fifteen months rather than the average three weeks in the trenches, and he again exceeded all expectations by writing a vivid and poignant memoir in his ninetieth year.
Commissioned straight from school at the age of eighteen, he joined his regiment, the North Staffs, in the Ypres Salient in April 1916. After surviving a gas attack on his third day, he fought on the Somme before wintering in the Ypres Salient again. Relief, if that is the word, came from the idiocies of visiting generals and some fellow officers, or acting as pro- secutor at courts martial, as well as two spells of leave in Edinburgh. In July 1917, the scepticism with which he and his fellow PBI viewed the build-up to yet another 'big push' was amply justified when he was badly wounded on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele.
This classic personal testament has the impact of accounts written soon after 1918 but the seventy years that Bernard Martin had to distil his experiences give it a dimension all of its own.

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