Military history

1915 The Death Of Innocence

1915 The Death Of Innocence

A blend of military history and memories, this text represents the fruits of 20 years of research. It is a chronicle of World War I, told from the viewpoint of the soldiers themselves through diaries, letters and interviews with survivors. The story of 1915 is stark, brutal, frank, sometimes painfully funny, and always human. Lyn Macdonald's other works include 1914-1918 Voices and Images of the Great War, 1914: The Days of Hope and They Called it Passchendaele.

Part 1: ‘We’re here because we’re here, because we’re here…’

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Part 2: Into Battle: Neuve Chapelle

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Part 3: ‘This is the happy warrior – this is he!’

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Part 4: The Desperate Days

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Part 5: ‘Damn the Dardanelles – they will be our grave’

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Part 6: Slogging On: The Salient to Suvla

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Part 7: Loos: The Dawn of Hope

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Part 8: The Dying of the Year

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

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