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The Autobiography of the British Soldier From Agincourt to Basra, in His Own Words by John Lewis-Stempel
  

The Autobiography of the British Soldier From Agincourt to Basra, in His Own Words

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The Autobiography of the British Soldier From Agincourt to Basra, in His Own Words by John Lewis-Stempel

From Agincourt to Waterloo, from Dunkirk to the Gulf War, and everywhere in between, one man has served in all these battles. This is the story of Britain at war from the perspective of that man. It is the autobiography of the British soldier. In a comprehensive series of first-hand accounts, this anthology offers a huge variety of views on the experience of war: from a letter written by Oliver Cromwell to the Speaker of Parliament, to a First World War's soldier's last letter home to his son, and a powerful description of what it was like to be on the Sir Galahad when it was hit by a missile in the Falklands conflict of the 80s, right up to life as a soldier on the ground in Basra. Winner of impossible victories, cannon fodder for the Western Front, thin khaki line against Hitler - wherever and whenever, the British soldier has done his duty - and more. This is his story.

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'[A] thoughtful compilation... One is struck by the breadth of suffering it covers and the sheer quantity of human blood that has been spilled on the earth... The letters to be opened only in the event of my death are almost unbearably moving'
Guardian

About the Author

John Lewis-Stempel is a historian and author who has written on a variety of subjects from the Native Americans to his experiences of fatherhood, but who is predominantly known for his work as a military historian and nature lover. He lives in Herefordshire, where his family has lived for over 700 years, with his wife and children.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th December 2007

Author

John Lewis-Stempel

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Publisher

Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Autobiography: historical, political & military

ISBN

9780755315826

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