The Last Post : The Final Word from Our First World War Soldiers Paperback
by Max Arthur
The 'Forgotten Voices' of the First World War speak for the final time FORGOTTEN VOICES OF THE GREAT WAR was the surprise best-seller at Christmas 2002, selling over 60,000 copies in hardback alone.
The formula was simple: Max Arthur interviewed some of the 30 surviving British soldiers from the First World War and combined their stories with other interviews in the Imperial War Museum and various private collections. LAST POST is very consciously the last word from the handful of survivors left alive in 2004.
When they die, our final human connection with the First World War will be broken: after this book, we will have only recordings or diaries.
We will never be able to ask a question of someone who was there.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, 30
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 14/09/2006
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780304367320
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Review by samgb
An excellent read which brought tears to my eyes more than once. What comes across is the effect the war had on these men; nearly 100 years later these are still painfully raw memories. The stories of their civilian lives both before and after the war are every bit as evocative. Highly recommended.
Review by john257hopper
This is a 2006 compilation of reminiscences by some of the last surviving First World War veterans. Twenty were still alive when the book was started in 2004 but all but four had passed away by the time it was finished. These were then the key years when that generation nearly completely passed away. The interviews are varied, some quite long and emotionally moving, but quite a number shorter and very matter of fact. People's memories differ and some people are just better at telling their story.There are many commonalities - the killing of lice in the trenches by burning a candle along the seams of one's clothes recurs frequently. But there are many differences in their later lives and in their attitudes towards their experiences - many hate war now, but others joined the armed forces as regulars after the war. An interesting collection and it is sobering to think that this generation has now entirely passed on. 4/5