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Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (1930)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0571064108, Paperback)A fictionalised autobiography of the period between the spring of 1916 and the summer of 1917, in which the story moves from the trenches to the Fourth Army School, to Morlancourt and a raid, and then to the Battle of the Somme.
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In 1916, young George Sherston is deep in the trenches of WWI. For his decorated bravery, and also his harmful recklessness, he is soon sent to the Fourth Army School for officer training, then dispatched to Morlancourt, a raid, and on through the Somme. After being wounded by a bullet through the lung, he returns home to convalesce, where his questioning of the war and the British Military establishment leads him to write a public anti-war letter. Through the help of close friend David Cromlech, a medical board decides not to prosecute, but instead deem him to be mentally ill, suffering from shell-shock, and sends him to a hospital for treatment. (Based closely on author Sassoon's own war experiences, including the verbatim text of his "Finished with the War: A Soldier's Declaration", which was eventually read in the British House of Commons.)
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