Life on the Western Front


The trenches of Western Europe saw some of the heaviest fighting in World War I. Find out what life was like in the trenches as well as above ground for the soldiers who served there.

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The trenches of Western Europe saw some of the heaviest fighting in World War I. Find out what life was like in the trenches as well as above ground for the soldiers who served there.

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School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Most of the sections in these books ask and answer a question about some aspect of World War I. The short chapters are paired with large period photos, effective maps, and "In Their Own Words" primary-source excerpts. Campaigns is the weakest of the group, mostly because of the difficulty of adequately explaining the complex origins and outbreak of the war in the available space. The other titles, which all have more limited scopes, are more successful. While the question-and-answer format is effective for providing introductory facts, much of this material has been so widely covered in extant sets, such Raintree's "The World Wars" for this age group and Lucent's "American War Library" for slightly older readers, that these books will be supplemental purchases for most libraries.
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
If you have ever looked at photographs of World War I soldiers ensconced in fortified trenches you may have thought, “How could these men have stood it?” In reality, over ten million soldiers who fought in World War I perished. Further, easily twice that number were either wounded or critically debilitated by illness as a result of fighting and living conditions that were nothing short of hellish. In this title from the illustrated “Remembering World War I” series author Hunter turns his skillful attention to the daily life of soldiers in the trenches that scarred the French and Belgium countryside. In telling the story of the poor men who fought in the trenches Hunter relies upon eyewitness accounts of soldiers who experienced all the horrors of the Western Front. Topics such as weaponry, food, casualties, medical care, and morale all are broached in a way that should help readers to understand just how terribly sad and deadly the lives of World War I soldiers really were. Hunter also includes highlighted quotations from actual participants as well as periodic mini-biographies of individuals mentioned in the text. In the end, this work turns out to be a fine introduction to a world of mud, pain, comradeship, and loss that a century ago consumed the lives and spirits of tens of millions.. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 10 to 14.
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Meet the Author

Nick Hunter has written more than 30 books for young people. He has a degree in Modern History and specializes in writing about history and social studies. Nick enjoys all aspects of pop culture, particularly music from the 1950s to the present day. Before becoming an author, Nick worked in educational publishing for many years. He lives in Oxford, UK with his wife and two sons.
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