The narrator! I still am not convinced there was not more than one.
A well done sci-fi novel that takes one back to earlier times of the genre. Fast paced and riveting enough to make some very implausible situations forgivable.
One of the best military history book I have experienced in print or on Audible.
With a handful of historical figures, from lowly privates and high flying, dogfighting aviators to the famous and infamous generals and political figures who, for better or worse, led the troops to glorious victories and bloody failures, Jeff Shaara has laid out a rich tapestry of World War I and what it was like in the filthy, stinking, many times gory, usually muddy, wet trenches in the fields of France and Belgium. Trenches, providing the most disgusting living conditions imaginable and even during lulls in battle a place where the troop knew at any second an artillery shell could be falling toward them. Shells filled with marble sized shrapnel or poisonous gas that would begin another round of terror and death or horrendous injury to themselves or their comrades.
This book provokes anger directed toward men long dead, the architects of the first modern technological war and using tactics of a by-gone era when soldiers would fire single shot rifles at each other and as horrible as those battles may have been, they pale when compared to fields of battle where the weapons are accurate artillery fired from miles away, machine guns capable of rates of fire unimaginable in earlier conflicts, diabolical chemical formulation delivered in gas form to battlefield and newly invented aircraft capable of raining death and destruction from above. The politicians and generals answers to these horrors: Rise from your defensive trenches and walk, run, crawl through these murderous weapons to gain a few hundred yards of "dying grounds". Ground that few of them would see but instead, receive and review reports and statistics representing the results of “their" efforts.
This is a great history lesson of the War to End All Wars. It provides insight into what the American military brought to the conflict and its part in the outcome.
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