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The Road Home: The Aftermath of the Great War Told by the Men and Women Who Survived it by Max Arthur

The Road Home: The Aftermath of the Great War Told by the Men and Women Who Survived it

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After so much suffering and personal sacrifice, the returning WWI soldiers got a pretty raw deal, promises of jobs and housing were mostly empty words. Histories of World War One end at 1918, few books go on to show soldiers struggling to adapt and carry on with normal life. Told in the words of the survivors themselves, this is a valuable and engrossing study of what happened when the fighting stopped.

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The Road Home: The Aftermath of the Great War Told by the Men and Women Who Survived it by Max Arthur

11am, 11.11.1918: the war is finally over. After four long years Britain welcomed her heroes home. Wives and mothers were reunited with loved ones they'd feared they'd never see again. Fathers met sons and daughters born during the war years for the very first time. It was a time of great joy - but it was also a time of enormous change. The soldiers and nurses who survived life at the Front faced the reality of rebuilding their lives in a society that had changed beyond recognition. How did the veterans readjust to civilian life? How did they cope with their war wounds, work and memories of lost comrades? And what of the people they returned to - the independent young women who were asked to give up the work they had been enjoying, the wives who had to readjust to life with men who seemed like strangers?


A poignant and profound collection of memories, it provides essential reading for all. * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * This fascinating and sensitive accuont shows how veterans coped with war wounds, work and memories of those lost. * HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER * Fascinating and highly readable. Now that no one is around to tell these stories it is invaluable that they have been put into print -- especially in such an accessible form. * CATHOLIC HERALD * A deeply poignant and thought provoking read. * SOUTH WALES ARGUS * Arthur's easily digestible anthology of poignant memories and personal testimonies is as moving as it is important. * BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH *

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Max Arthur is a skilled interviewer who has written oral histories of the RAF and Royal Navy during the Second World War.

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14th October 2010


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Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


288 pages


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First World War

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



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