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War letters of fallen Englishmen

Author: Laurence Housman
Publisher: Philadelphia : Pine St. Books, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Pine Street Books pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"More than eight million young men perished during the First World War - a staggering figure. The natural reaction to such a great loss of humanity was to forget the individuals and recast the conflict into one of faceless armies and battles commemorated in stone and metal monuments. War Letters of Fallen Englishmen was published following the war in order to remind the living of those who were lost in the name of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Personal narratives, English
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurence Housman
ISBN: 0812218159 9780812218152
OCLC Number: 49384004
Notes: Originally published: London : E.P. Dutton, 1930.
Description: xxx, 318 pages ; 19 cm
Responsibility: edited by Laurence Housman ; foreword by Jay Winter.

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"Presently one saw great clouds of gas sweeping across, and I must say I felt we were looking into hell indeed."-Lt. C. C. Carver, killed in Flanders, age 20  Read more...

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"Excellent, truth-telling letters."-Edmund Blunden "In this book we get what, after all, I must call the real thing."-H. W. Nevinson "The whole book is of such a quality as to stir the remembrance of Read more...

 
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