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The youngest soldier who fought in the Great War is believed to have been just 12 years old. Many thousands of other boys are known to have faked eye tests, inflated their small chests and stood on tiptoes to bluff their way into a war of unforeseen horror. How and why so many under-aged boys were able to get to the battlefields is a complex mystery of World War I, and until Richard van Emden's classic account, largely unexplored. Boy Soldiers of the Great War tells for the first time the incredible stories of the boys who went to fight for their country. Richard van Emden, having amassed a unique collection of personal testimonies and hitherto unpublished diaries and letters, brings to life their stories of heroism and sacrifice. This edition has been completely revised and updated.

©2012 Richard van Emden (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Annie Oakley
  • 11-04-2016

super BOOK

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I cannot forget to his book it is poignant. Every one should read this book ,it just goes to show how how important those young heroes were.

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the sympathetic way this book was written this book was well researched.

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wonderful performance.

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  • Senior
  • 14-05-2018

Interesting and Educational

Boy Soldiers is an interesting and educational book, which focuses on the issue of soldiers who fought or tried to fight for Britain while under-age. The book is not just about the boy soldiers; it is also about the attitudes of parents, politicians and those involved in recruitment for the armed forces, and how attitudes were affected by developments in the war.

My only criticism, is that I think it would have been more interesting to contrast British experiences of this subject with those of the other participating countries.

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