Ordeal by Fire

Witnesses to the Great War
Lyn Macdonald
Introduced by Richard van Emden

This emotive history constructs an absorbing narrative from the eyewitness testimonies of those who experienced the war. Contemporary photographs illuminate their words.

A chemical worker’s recollections of creating mustard gas in a Leverkusen laboratory is followed by a British army officer’s account of the devastating effects of a gas attack; the unofficial Christmas truce of 1914 – when German and British troops laid down their guns, exchanging cigarettes and playing football in No Man’s Land – is described with affection from both sides; while in a letter to his parents, a New Zealand infantryman reveals how Allied mismanagement turned him and thousands like him into cannon fodder on the slopes of Passchendale.

Bound in printed and blocked cloth

Set in Plantin with Zapf Chancery display

360 pages

Frontispiece and 45 integrated black & white photographs

Printed endpapers

Plain slipcase

˝ x 6¼˝

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