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BLOOD AND IRON: Letters from the Western Front

by Hugh Montagu Butterworth

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There are several books currently available detailing the lives of people who served during the First World War. As such, it can be difficult to define a preference of one over another as each are relevant to the author.

This book is one of the best personal biographies relating the First World War. Its main source are a group of letters written by Hugh BUTTERWORTH, the brother of the author after whom he is named. Hugh was a teacher who joined the 9th Bn. The Rifle Brigade as an officer and died in September 1915.

The letters are very poignant and provide an important description of the feelings of the author of the letters at the time they were written. It is detailed and informative, making the book very readable and useful. As always, these can be emotional, but in providing the context of what people though at the time the letters were written, it is invaluable. The additional value added by Jon COOKSEY is significant and superbly researched and written. ( )
  RobPALMER | Oct 6, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 184884297X, Hardcover)

Until now Hugh Butterworth was just one of the millions of lost soldiers of the Great War, and the extraordinary letters he sent home from the Western Front have been forgotten. But after more than ninety years of obscurity, these letters, which describe his experience of war in poignant detail, have been rediscovered, and they are published here in full. They are a moving, intensely personal and beautifully written record by an articulate and observant man who witnessed at first hand one of the darkest episodes in European history. In civilian life Butterworth was a dedicated and much-loved schoolmaster and a gifted cricketer, who served with distinction as an officer in the Rifle Brigade from the spring of 1915. His letters give us a telling insight into the thoughts and reactions of a highly educated, sensitive and perceptive individual confronted by the horrors of modern warfare. He was killed on the Bellewaarde ridge near Ypres on 25 September 1915, and his last letter was written on the eve of the action in which he died.

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Until now Hugh Butterworth was just one of the millions of lost soldiers of the Great War, and the letters he sent home from the Western Front had been forgotten. But, after more than 90 years of obscurity, these letters, which describe his experience of war in poignant detail, have been rediscovered, and they are published here in full.… (more)

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