Forgotten Voices of the Great War

Author: Max Arthur,Martin Gilbert

Publisher: Globe Pequot

ISBN: 9781592285709

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 326

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"Compulsive reading." -Norman Tebbit, The Sunday Times (London) FORGOTTEN VOICES OF THE GREAT WAR is a touching, searing, and above all mesmerizing account of World War I, told in the voices of those who endured the tedium, heat, cold, pain, fear, and loss of the world's most brutal trench warfare to date. In 1972 the British Imperial War Museum set about the momentous task of tracing ordinary veterans of the First World War and interviewing them in detail about their experiences. The Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, which includes recorded firsthand accounts of the experiences of American, British, Canadian, French, and German soldiers, as well as soldiers from the British Commonwealth, has since grown to be the most important collection of its kind in the world. The archive's recordings provide a vivid and compelling account of day-to-day life during one of the most harrowing periods of modern times. These recordings, many of which have remained unheard for decades, contain the forgotten voices of a generation no longer with us. Only a small fraction of the material has been used by historians. Now, thirty years later, after hundreds of hours in the archive and unlimited access to the complete WWI audiotapes, acclaimed author Max Arthur and his team of researchers have created this remarkable landmark history of the Great War-told in the words of the ordinary men and women who experienced it in the raw.

Forgotten Voices of the Great War

Author: Max Arthur

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0091888875

Category: Oral history

Page: 322

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Stories told by veterans from the Western front and Gallipoli.

Forgotten Voices Of The Great War

Author: Max Arthur

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446446255

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 8178

In 1960, the Imperial War Museum began a momentous and important task. A team of academics, archivists and volunteers set about tracing WWI veterans and interviewing them at length in order to record the experiences of ordinary individuals in war. The IWM aural archive has become the most important archive of its kind in the world. Authors have occasionally been granted access to the vaults, but digesting the thousands of hours of footage is a monumental task. Now, forty years on, the Imperial War Museum has at last given author Max Arthur and his team of researchers unlimited access to the complete WWI tapes. These are the forgotten voices of an entire generation of survivors of the Great War. The resulting book is an important and compelling history of WWI in the words of those who experienced it.

Forgotten Voices of the Somme

Author: Joshua Levine

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 140702552X

Category: History

Page: 304

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1916. The Somme. With over a million casualties, it was the most brutal battle of World War I. It is a clash that even now, over 90 years later, remains seared into the national consciousness, conjuring up images of muddy trenches and young lives tragically wasted. Its first day, July 1st 1916 - on which the British suffered 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 dead - is the bloodiest day in the history of the British armed forces to date. On the German side, an officer famously described it as 'the muddy grave of the German field army'. By the end of the battle, the British had learned many lessons in modern warfare while the Germans had suffered irreplaceable losses, ultimately laying the foundations for the Allies' final victory on the Western Front. Drawing on a wealth of material from the vast Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, Forgotten Voices of the Somme presents an intimate, poignant, sometimes even bleakly funny insight into life on the front line: from the day-to-day struggle of extraordinary circumstances to the white heat of battle and the constant threat of injury or death. Featuring contributions from soldiers of both sides and of differing backgrounds, ranks and roles, many of them previously unpublished, this is the definitive oral history of this unique and terrible conflict.

Lost Voices of The Royal Navy

Author: Max Arthur

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1848948301

Category: History

Page: 576

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Acclaimed historian Max Arthur pays tribute to the Royal Navy from 1914 to 1945. Drawing on the personal stories of those who have served during this period, he has created a unique narrative history of the senior service. FORGOTTEN VOICES: THE ROYAL NAVY is a memorable and moving testament to the courage, spirit, skill and irrepressible humour of those who served in the Royal Navy during these crucial years.

Forgotten Voices of WWI

Author: William M Miller

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781096028246


Page: 382

View: 3713

The Great War Was Much More Than Battles, Trenches, and Gas Attacks. ... How innocent we were in 1917. Lost in our lethargy and wrapped in a safe cocoon of confidence, we had serenely watched Europe dragged into a second year of savage war-muddy trenches bathed in blood and yellow gas.But then the world changed.For every soldier, sailor, pilot, or marine who answers a country's call, there are mothers, fathers, relatives, and friends who do more than just stand and wait. Until the end of war, through tears and fears, they become the beacons of home.We may have heard of the battles and the politics of the "war to end war," but rarely do we hear of those Americans who, from the very moment the first shot was fired, rushed to the aid of France.In "Forgotten Voices of WWI" you will hear in their own voice what soldiers, sailors, relatives, protestors, civilian volunteers, correspondents, and others, were thinking, doing, and saying.They are the forgotten warriors--the people whose voices speak again.

Lest We Forget

Author: Max Arthur

Publisher: Ebury Press

ISBN: 9780091960179

Category: World War, 1914-1918

Page: 352

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Tales of courage, comradeship, sacrifice, heroism and even humour, as experienced by generations from war-torn Europe, woven into a beautifully produced anthology in giftbook format. This skilfully compiled anthology draws on the phenomenally successful Forgotten Voices series.Lest We Forget brings together first-hand recollections from the Great War to the Second World War, to vividly illustrate the impact of war. Told in the actual words of the men, women and children who lived through a century of war it is a moving insight into the greatest conflicts of the twentieth century. The testaments of those who were there depict the horrors of war, yet also provide inspiration with tales of enduring courage, sacrifice and daring. Arranged thematically into chapters such as hope, fear, the kindness of strangers, the human cost and brothers in arms, it reveals the full scope of war in all its stark reality. Evocatively illustrated throughout with line drawings from the Imperial War Museum's archives, it will appeal to anyone wanting to gain an insight into not only specific conflicts, but the overarching and sometimes surprising effects of war in general. Lest We Forget vividly ensures that the wartime experiences of ordinary people will never be forgotten.

Voices from the Front

Author: Peter Hart

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 178283172X

Category: History

Page: 424

View: 5411

Every man who served in the Great War is now deceased, but they have left behind them an enormous collection of oral history, which captures the authentic voices of the front line soldiers. In Voices from the Front, oral historian Peter Hart brings together accounts from across the conflict, from soldiers, sailors and airmen, from officers and privates alike. In the course of his research, he talked to men who saw their friends die in front of them, who were seriously wounded themselves, men who refused to fight on principle and those whose indomitable spirit carried them through thick and thin. Sometimes they were there at crucial turning points in the war - going over the top in the slaughter of the Somme in 1916 or punching through the German lines to victory in 1918 - and sometimes they sweated, toiled and suffered on a forgotten front, thousands of miles from home. In the vein of The Beauty and the Sorrow, this is the First World War seen through the eyes of the men who experienced it for themselves.

Forgotten Voices of the Second World War

Author: Max Arthur

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780091897345

Category: Oral history

Page: 486

View: 3278

The Imperial War Museum holds a vast archive of interviews with soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians of most nationalities who saw action during WW2. As in the highly acclaimed Forgotten Voices of the Great War, Max Arthur and his team of researchers will spend hundreds of hours digging deep into this archive, uncovering tapes, many of which have not been listened to since they were created in the early 1970s. The result will be the first complete aural history of the war. We hear at first from British, German and Commonwealth soldiers and civilians. But the impact of the American involvement after Pearl Harbour opens the book out to the war in Europe and the Far East (including compelling interviews from American and British troops who fought against the Japanese), continuing through from D-Day, to the Rhine Crossing and the dropping of the Atom Bomb in August 1945. One of the hallmarks of Max Arthur's work is the way he involves those left behind on the home front as well as those working in factories or essential services. Their voices will not be neglected.