Unknown Soldiers

Unknown Soldiers

The Story of the Missing of the First World War

Book - 2007
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The First World War was a conflict of unprecedented ferocity. After the last shot was fired and the troops marched home, approximately three million soldiers remained unaccounted for. An unassuming English chaplain first proposed a symbolic burial in memory of all the missing dead; subsequently the idea was picked up by almost every combatant country.

Acclaimed author Neil Hanson focuses on the lives of three soldiers -- an Englishman, a German, and an American -- using their diaries and letters to offer an unflinching yet compassionate account of the front lines. He describes how each man endured nearly unbearable conditions, skillfully showing how the Western world arrived at the now time-honored way of mourning and paying tribute to all those who die in war.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2007 , c2005.
ISBN: 9780307276544
Branch Call Number: 920 Han
Characteristics: xv, 474 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 21 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Aug 06, 2014

The First World War claimed the lives of many millions of troops, and the bodies of about 3,000,000 were never identified. To emphasize the personal significance of each loss among the millions, author Neil Hanson traces the stories of three soldiers -- an Englishman, a German, and an American -- whose remains were never found. Drawing on their letters and those of others, in addition to family and hometown records, he paints vivid portraits of these individuals and the war's devastating effects on those who were mired in the trenches. History and Current Events newsletter August 2014.


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