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Mud, Blood and Bullets : Memoirs of a Machine Gunner on the Western Front
It is 1915 and the Great War has been raging for a year,when Edward Rowbotham, a coal miner from the Midlands,volunteers for Kitchener's Army. Drafted into the newly-formed Machine Gun Corps, he is sent to fight in placeswhose names will forever be associated with mud and bloodand sacrifice: Ypres, the Somme, and Passchendaele.He is oneof the `lucky' ones, surviving more than two-and-a-halfyears of the terrible slaughter that left nearly a millionBritish soldiers dead by 1918 and wiped out all but six ofhis original company. He wrote these memoirs fifty yearslater, but found his memories of life in the trenches hadnot diminished at all. The sights and sounds of battle, theexcitement, the terror, the extraordinary comradeship, areall vividly described as if they had happened to him onlyyesterday. They offer a rare perspective of the First WorldWar from an ordinary soldier's viewpoint.
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The History Press
December 26, 2010
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