Forgotten Voices of the Great War: A History of World War I in the Words of the Men and Women Who Were There

Lyons Press, 2004 - 326 Seiten
"Compulsive reading." -Norman Tebbit, The Sunday Times (London)

FORGOTTEN VOICES OF THE GREAT WAR is a touching, searing, and above all mesmerizing account of World War I, told in the voices of those who endured the tedium, heat, cold, pain, fear, and loss of the world's most brutal trench warfare to date.

In 1972 the British Imperial War Museum set about the momentous task of tracing ordinary veterans of the First World War and interviewing them in detail about their experiences. The Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, which includes recorded firsthand accounts of the experiences of American, British, Canadian, French, and German soldiers, as well as soldiers from the British Commonwealth, has since grown to be the most important collection of its kind in the world. The archive's recordings provide a vivid and compelling account of day-to-day life during one of the most harrowing periods of modern times.

These recordings, many of which have remained unheard for decades, contain the forgotten voices of a generation no longer with us. Only a small fraction of the material has been used by historians. Now, thirty years later, after hundreds of hours in the archive and unlimited access to the complete WWI audiotapes, acclaimed author Max Arthur and his team of researchers have created this remarkable landmark history of the Great War-told in the words of the ordinary men and women who experienced it in the raw.

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Nutzerbericht  - jakadk - LibraryThing

This one was intense. Not that I did not expect it to be, given the topic - but it still took the wind out of me on a few occasions. Mr. Arthur - through the testimonies of the people who lived ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

A moving collection of extracts from taped interviews with WWI veterans recorded by the Imperial War Museum since 1972. These are organised by year so one can get a feeling for the overall flow of ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Über den Autor (2004)

MAX ARTHUR, an Englishman, served with the Royal Air Force and is the author of the classic work on the Falklands War, Above All, Courage, and the UK bestselling history of the RAF, There Shall Be Wings. He lectures extensively and writes for British newspapers.

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