From the account of men adrift on the life raft, desperate for rescue, only to be passed by the destroyer Electra which didn't notice them, to the account of a Japanese sailor whose ship was hit by more than 100 shells and whose arms were cut off by a large splinter as he looked through binoculars.
These interesting factual accounts personalize a devastating war where countries won or lost but where individual efforts, regardless of country, tell the stories of war.
"Very few men are still alive who fought in the trenches in the First World War. The words of the soldiers, however, are as fresh as if they were written yesterday...extraordinary."--Deborrah Moggach, The (London) Mail on Sunday
"These stories are so harrowing, and their witness so precise and devastating."--Andrew Motion, The Times (London)
"This book really shows what it was like for us on the Western Front. It is remarkable. It really captures our voices, our spirit, and our memories."--Albert "Smiler" Marshall, Essex Yeomanry & Machine Gun Corps, 1915-1918
"Gripping and poignant."--Daily Mail (London)
"A compelling account of a world not to be forgotten."--Despatches