Unknown Soldiers: The Story of the Missing of the First World War (2020)

Unknown Soldiers: The Story of the Missing of the First World War Neil Hanson Unknown Soldiers The Story of the Missing of the First World War 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 Engl
  • Title: Unknown Soldiers: The Story of the Missing of the First World War
  • Author: Neil Hanson
  • ISBN: 9780307276544
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
Unknown Soldiers: The Story of the Missing of the First World War Neil Hanson 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 NeilThe 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.
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  1. Margaret

    The second half of this book won it a fourth star I ve read so many books maybe too many about WW1 that much of the first half was not new to me However, the second half regarding the building of the Cenotaph in London and the creation of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster was fascinating Many times I was moved to tears, not just by a nation in mourning, but by the individual losses The woman who lost a husband and all her sons A child placing flowers at the Cenotaph and believing it [...]

  2. Juliette

    An English officer came across with a white flag and asked for a truce from eleven o clock to three to bury the dead The truce was granted, it is good not to see the corpses lying out in front of us any The truce was over extended The English came out of their trenches into No Man s Land and exchanged cigarettes, tinned meat and photographs with our men, and said they didn t want to shoot any Suppose the whole English army strikes and forces the gentlemen in London to chuck the whole business [...]

  3. Asha Stark

    One of the most informative, and heartbreaking books I ve ever read.Unlike many non fiction accounts of war conflict, Neil Hanson manages to write in a very engaging and, for lack of a better word, interesting manner I certainly learned a lot from this book, and especially regarding the men and women who lost someone or someones during the first world war.It was particularly sad to read of how little was thought of soldiers by the English king at the time, how they were effectively spat on by th [...]

  4. Graceann

    When it comes to writing narrative non fiction, very few authors are as talented as Neil Hanson In Unknown Soldiers, he takes the stories of three fighting men of WWI, and tells their stories He doesn t choose sides or seem to have an agenda, other than support for men who were stuck in a thankless situation The German, British and American soldier all died within sight of one another, albeit at different times, and their burial sites are unknown to this day Even now, French and Belgian farmers [...]

  5. Linda Rollins

    Still reading this one but so far it is amazing It gives insight into what it was really like for the men going to the front in the first World War Quotes from letters home and snippets of news from the time gives a very touching portrayal of what it felt like from both German and English soldiers Some of the images are grotesque but then the book is simply telling it like it was i think it is important that we know about these things and that we never forget For me, it really puts modern living [...]

  6. Anita

    Before reading this book I had a very limited understanding of the First World War and what it entailed This was a fascinating read, and I loved the way the war was explained through the stories of soldiers from different countries, including Germany The Unknown Soldier was rivetting, personal, touching, and informative I recommend it to anyone who wants to find out what it was like for those poor men in the trenches, and where and when and why it all happened.

  7. Mark Wardlaw

    This book is an engaging, personalised and intensely moving encounter from World War One I do not think I have read a better description of the horror experienced by soldiers in the squalid death ridden, rat infested trenches of the First World War.Through Neil Hanson s excellent prose you can sense the tension from this turbulent time for example, the risk of death or mutilation going through a soldier s mind before he goes over the top He is someone s son, brother, husband, father, friend Then [...]

  8. LeAnn

    My time to sit down with a book is limited due to a full time job, a husband, and two small children The time I have to spend with a book, then, is usually for pleasure and escapism that being said, I am not a huge fan of nonfiction Add the very small print and lack of chapter breaks in this book, and I quit reading after page 24 Another reason I quit reading the book was the lack of historical background regarding this war I met the first soldier, Paul the German and had to do some research on [...]

  9. Virginia

    Very detailed story of WWI Author takes 3 soldiers British, German, American following them through the war The historical descriptions of the Trenches and actual Battle methods is very graphic, and hard to read very much at a time But the understanding it provides for the horror of that war makes it all worth it The end portion tells the story of the Dr who came up with the idea for the unknown soldier graves, and gives special details about the ceremonies in England as well as France and the U [...]

  10. Miranda

    This was one of the best books I ve ever read for trench warfare and the firsthand accounts of the infantry soldiers.Even though I knew all three of the main soldiers were going to be killed by the end of the book, I couldn t help but get attached to them and feel the loss their families felt when they passed on.I think Mr Hanson did a terrific job of picking the three different soldiers German, English American to tell the story.I learned a lot and would recommend this to any WWi enthusiast.

  11. Shaun Major

    As other reviewers have noted it was the second half of this book hat lifted it to the height of the extraordinary The construction of remembrance in the west after the Great War is extraordinary and the lengths those countries went to to commemorate the fallen and how heavy the fried sat on the world in the decade that followed A similar depth to the postwar German perspective would have been extremely interesting and would have earned the book a fifth star.

  12. Christine

    Trench warfare details Not for the faint hearted or weak of stomach I read it to learn about the Tommy and the Gerry not so interested in the Yank I was a bit disappointed that the end of Herr Hub s life was the end of the German side of the unknown soldier story, when there was a large amount of information included about subsequent commemoration efforts on the parts of the British and the Americans But the book was still very informative.

  13. John

    A remarkable account of three men who gave their lives for causes that they believed in They each represented 100 s of thousands of men Their horrific fates were described with clarity and provided a very different account of the WW1 The emotional outpourings following the war and the placatory role of the crown and government were fascinating.

  14. Joyce Kotze

    The history of how the remains of one soldier who died in the Great War was chosen and gave to nation to remember their dead who had no known grave well told and with sympathy On Remembrance Day we all take him as our own.

  15. Leslee

    This book is an amazing account of three men in WWI who all come together during the Battle of the Somme Historically accurate and told in a narrative format This book really help you understand the war and what these soldiers went through.

  16. Glyn Bartholomew

    Amazing book, brings home the reality of the trenches and tells lots of new and frightening information Mostly covers the Somme Offensive in graphic detail from both sides and in the air and the story of the Unknown Warrior.

  17. Jason Pastor

    Fascinating The section where they deal with the selection of the unknowns is moving as well as highly informative.

  18. Colette

    Bought this for my dad and, as often happened, he loaned it to me after he read it It helped me to understand the horror my grandfather experienced at the age of 16 in France.

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