Eye-Deep In Hell: The Western Front 1914-18 by John Ellis - PDF and EPUB eBook

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Millions of men lived in the trenches during World War I. More than six million died there. In Eye-Deep in Hell, the author of...

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Exact title of the book
Eye-Deep In Hell: The Western Front 1914-18
Book author
John Ellis
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
224 pages
Language
English
Published
November 25th 1976 by Croom Helm
File size (in PDF)
896 kB
Eye-Deep In Hell: The Western Front 1914-18

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Millions of men lived in the trenches during World War I. More than six million died there. In Eye-Deep in Hell, the author of the widely acclaimed Social History of the Machine Gun explores this unique and terrifying world - the rituals of battle, the habits of daily life, and the constant struggle of men to find meaning amid excruciating boredom and the specter of impending death.

Ellis begins by descibing the physical construction of the trenches, their size and shape, their peculiarities and characteristics. He succinctly portrays the soldier's daily life: how they ate, drank, slept, joked, fought off rats and lice, how their sexual needs were met, and how they endured marches and patrols. But it is in the ways men sought meaning in their daily lives that Ellis reveals the true nature of warfare.

In analyzing how the habits and regulations so dear to the military mind became entrenched in the organization of the battlefield, Eye Deep in Hell brilliantly depicts the instinctive desire of men in battle to create order out of chaos. In the soldier's personal reflections and letters home, Ellis discovers a literature of compassion and courage, and a capacity to endure in a world where men fought, for reasons they hardly understood, for a future most had ceased to believe in.