Temporary Heroes, Lieutenant Norman Cecil Down

B2164

In any centenary year, publishers churned out books in commemorate the date. The outbreak of WWI in 1914 has been no exception. With few exceptions, this event has produced a fine selection of books and even where one campaign of one battle has been covered by several authors, each has offered fresh insight and provided a valuable additional book. This book fits into this situation. It is a most enjoyable book and provides a refreshingly different approach.

Illustration is confined to an appendix with cartoon sketches. A great read

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NAME: Temporary Heroes, Lieutenant Norman Cecil Down
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2164
AUTHOR: Richard Van Emden
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword,
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 244
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Mons, Ypres, 1914, BEF, WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, The Old Contemptibles, The Contemptible Little Army, trench warfare, River Aisne, Ypres Salient, machine guns, cavalry, field guns, letters home
ISBN: 1-78159-196-2
IMAGE: B2164.jpg
BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/pg776j6
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DESCRIPTION: In any centenary year, publishers churn out books to commemorate the date. The outbreak of WWI in 1914 has been no exception. With few exceptions, this event has produced a fine selection of books and, even where one campaign, or one battle, has been covered by several authors, each has offered fresh insight and provided a valuable additional book. This book fits into this situation. It is a most enjoyable book and provides a refreshingly different approach.

2nd Lt. Down wrote a series of letters to his girlfriend between 1915 and 1916. When he was wounded in 1917 and discharged from the Army these letters were published. He died in 1984 at the age of 91.

The author has collected together a selection of these letters and used them as the basis for this book. Where many books based on personal experiences of the Western Front make grim reading, Down was a natural wit, and he mave have included some serious moments, but he remains upbeat and humorous.

Illustration is confined to an appendix with cartoon sketches. A great read

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