1915: The Death of Innocence by Lyn Macdonald

By Lyn Macdonald

By way of the top of 1914, the battered British forces have been slowed down, but hopeful that promised reinforcements and spring climate might quickly bring about a triumphant step forward. A yr later, after appalling losses at Aubers Ridge, bogs, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres and remote Gallipoli, combating appeared set to head on for ever. Drawing on broad interviews, letters and diaries, this publication brilliantly inspires the soldiers' dogged heroism, sardonic humour and bad lack of innocence via 'a 12 months of cobbling jointly, of frustration, of indecision'. Over decades' study places Lyn Macdonald one of the maximum well known chroniclers of the 1st international struggle. the following, from the poignant stories of members, she has once more created an unforgettable slice of army heritage.

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With great dif¤culty we reached the post town of Iseji. There is no way I can tell you how happy we were. We stayed at the house of someone by the name of Matsumoto something. THE SIXTH DAY OF THE THIRD MONTH This morning we left our lodgings at dawn. We went about two-thirds of a mile;13 on the lefthand side of the road there is a mountain called Nakayama whose boulders are quite impressive. (6) Kawazura no Iga no Nakayama Nakanakani When I look At the Nakayama mountains of Iga Alongside the river, Mireba sugiuki A village of boulders on the shore Kishi no iwamura Makes the passage hard.

The villagers told us that this place was known as the Seven Views Pass (Nanami-tõge) because from the slope you could see the seven villages of Aho. However, today, because of the deep clouds and fog, we could not see very well. Although today, again, the sky was not clear, we felt relieved that it did not rain. About two and a half miles away from Aho, past Namiki-noMatsubara, there is a place called Shinden. At the end of this village was a temporary hut. In front of the hut there was a garden with a pond in it.

At the end of this village the road bifurcated—a crossing with two streets, one leading to Miwa and the other to Sakurai. 41 The bridge crossed over the Hatsuse River. Actually, the correct way to Tamu-no-mine was from Sakurai. Since the famous village of Tobi was on that way, I wanted to visit it. However, everybody was too weary to go the long way, so we decided to take the present route. When we asked which mountain on the Eastern side was so high, we were told it was Mount Otowa. The village of Otowa is located at the foot of this mountain.

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