By: Hanson, Neil.

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474 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, map. "The First World War was a conflict of unprecedented ferocity that unleashed such demons as mechanized warfare and mass death on the twentieth century. After the last shot was fired and the troops marched home, approximately three million soldiers remained unaccounted for. Some bodies were found, but they bore no trace of identification; many more men had been blown to smithereens or had simply vanished into battlefields where as many as a hundred shells had fallen on every square yard. An unassuming English chaplain first proposed a symbolic burial of one of those unknown soldiers in memory of all the missing dead. The idea was picked up by almost every country that had an army in the war, and each laid a body to rest amid an outpouring of national grief - in London's Westminster Abbey, Paris's Arc de Triomphe, Rome's Victor Emmanuelle Monument, and, for the United States, Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. In (this book, the author) offers an unflinching yet compassionate account of the reality of battle on the front lines. He focuses on three soldiers - an American, an Englishman, and a German - and narrates their war experiences through their diaries and letters. (He) describes how each man endured the nearly unbearable conditions in the trenches and in the air and relates what is known about their deaths; all three died on the battlefields of the Somme, within gunshot sound of one another. He delves into their familial ties, the ideals they expressed in their letters, and he explains how the death of one, the American pilot George Seibold, was instrumental in the creation of the Gold Star Mothers, an organization caring for bereaved mothers, wives, and families that is still active today. Hanson animates and brings to life the combatants who perished without a trace, and shows how the Western world arrived at the now time-honored way of mourning and paying tribute to all those who die in war." Tiny piece missing from edge of rear pastedown, two tiny tears at top of spine, light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has tiny tear and very light wrinkling at top of spine, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of flap-folds.


Author Name: Hanson, Neil.

Categories: Military - First World War,

Edition: First American Edition

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 2005

ISBN Number: 0307263703

ISBN Number 13: 9780307263704

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Seller ID: 24578

Keywords: Missing in action, MIA, Paul Hub, Alec Reader, George Siebold, Biography, Somme, Trenches, Trench warfare, Bapaume, Cenotaphs, Flanders, African-Americans, Gas, Vimy Ridge, Ypres, Verdun, High Wood, 148th Aero Squadron, Tanks, Wounded, Memorials, First World War, World War I, Unknown Soldier, Unknown Soldiers, Remembrance, Mourning, Early 20th Century Warfare, Westminster Abbey, Arc De Triomphe, Victor Emmanuelle Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, Grave of the Unknown Soldier, Personal Narratives, Diaries, Letters, Correspondence, Gold Star Mother, Bereavment.,