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    Written under the pseudonym of 'Ex-private X', Alfred McLelland Burrage, both treats us to, and appals us with his experiences in the Artists Rifles, during the Great War.

    Often humorous, sometimes shocking, occasionally heart-breaking, his easy writing style, irreverent sense of humour, and arresting candour combine to form 'War Is War' into a work which I consider to have been ahead of its time.

    Thanks to Chris 'Drew' for putting me on to this book - I was chuckling and recoiling throughout... sometimes both before I reached the end of a page.

    Please read (if you haven't already) it's a must.

    JT

  • #2
    Many thanks JT for the heads up in respect of this book. I managed to find a second hand copy in fine condition and it has just dropped through the letterbox. Looking forward to reading it.
    Cheers
    James
    All of the darkness in the world can never extinguish the light of one candle.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Charliedog012012 View Post
      Many thanks JT for the heads up in respect of this book. I managed to find a second hand copy in fine condition and it has just dropped through the letterbox. Looking forward to reading it.
      Cheers
      James
      Nice one, James. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

      JT

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      • #4
        Thanks JT!

        James just tipped me off about this book and your reccomendation and I understand it's definitely one to get! I was just looking for something new to read, so perfect timing as well!

        Cheers

        Colin
        Last edited by ubervamp; 22-06-18, 08:20 PM. Reason: typo
        "The Devonshires held this trench. The Devonshires hold it still "

        "One day I'll leave you, a phantom to lead you in the Summer, to join the Black Parade"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ubervamp View Post
          Thanks JT!

          James just tipped me off about this book and your reccomendation and I understand it's definitely one to get! I was just looking for something new to read, so perfect timing as well!

          Cheers

          Colin
          Appreciate the nod Colin, but it’s Drew who gets the Good Conduct chevron, he being the person who initially got the ball rolling on this one.

          Let us know how you get on with it.

          Cheers.

          JT

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          • #6
            Glad you liked it, JT. Enjoyed your review. ‘Treats’ and ‘appals’ us- I certainly agree there.

            Too many good lines to know which to quote really.

            Cheers,

            Chris

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            • #7
              Thanks for the recommendation I’m reading it at the moment.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Drew View Post
                Glad you liked it, JT. Enjoyed your review. ‘Treats’ and ‘appals’ us- I certainly agree there.

                Too many good lines to know which to quote really.

                Cheers,

                Chris
                Agreed, too many good lines to choose from. That said, here is one of many that stuck with me (ch.5, p.58):

                Arras was a more poignant sight than Ypres. Ypres was a bleeding corpse and Arras still writhing in her death agony.


                Originally posted by 41st View Post
                Thanks for the recommendation I’m reading it at the moment.
                Let us know how you get on, Kevin.

                JT

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                • #9
                  In two words, the book is 'absolutely excellent'. Really enjoyed it and JTs review is spot on!
                  Thanks to both Drew and JT for the recommendation.
                  Cheers
                  James
                  All of the darkness in the world can never extinguish the light of one candle.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Charliedog012012 View Post
                    In two words, the book is 'absolutely excellent'. Really enjoyed it and JTs review is spot on!
                    Thanks to both Drew and JT for the recommendation.
                    Cheers
                    James
                    Thanks for reporting back, James. Good to hear this one hit the spot.

                    As Arbraham Lincoln said:

                    ‘The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.’

                    JT

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                    • #11
                      Great stuff, Gents. I don't know if anyone has seen it, but I quite enjoyed reading the following article about Burrage:

                      Who was A. M. Burrage?

                      Cheers,

                      Chris

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Drew View Post
                        Great stuff, Gents. I don't know if anyone has seen it, but I quite enjoyed reading the following article about Burrage:

                        Who was A. M. Burrage?

                        Cheers,

                        Chris
                        I have to admit that my curiosity got the better of me when I realised we were not provided with the author’s true identity. I had a good rummage around online and read several articles about Burrage.

                        Thanks for the link, Chris.

                        JT

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                        • #13
                          Thought you might have.👍
                          Cheers

                          Chris

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