Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life
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Six weeks was the average life expectancy of junior officers in the First World War trenches. Many had come straight from the classroom to the most dangerous job in the world, yet nearly all stepped forward, unflinchingly, to do their duty. Based on first-person accounts, including letters and diaries, and following the course of the war, this book gives a vivid account of the Army subalterns, lieutenants and captains – the leaders in the trenches, the first 'over the top' and the last to retreat.