Over the Top: Frontline Fighting Stories

Over the Top: Frontline Fighting Stories

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Infuriated by the German sinking of the liner Lusitania, the author (an American citizen) travels to England and enlists in the Royal Fusiliers, prior to America's entry into the war. This is a book about his "experiences in the language of Tommy sitting on the fire step of a front-line trench on the Western Front-just as he would tell his mate next him what was happening at a different part of the line." He was in the front line trench of the Western Front.

It was the biggest bestseller of the war, selling a million hardcover copies. The best part may be its appendix, "Tommy's Dictionary of the Trenches," which is a dictionary of slang and other terms used by British soldiers. A classic at the time by an American who fought in the British Army Books of this sort were published as propaganda to tilt American public opinion towards the Allied cause.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482923636
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 05/21/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 6
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

I.From Mufti to Khaki1
II.Blighty to Rest Billets12
III.I Go to Church24
IV."Into the Trench"27
V.Mud, Rats, and Shells33
VI."Back of the Line"39
VIII.The Little Wooden Cross54
IX.Suicide Annex60
X."The Day's Work"63
XI.Over the Top69
XIII.My First Official Bath87
XIV.Picks and Shovels92
XV.Listening Post103
XVI.Battery D 238108
XVII.Out in Front131
XVIII.Staged under Fire135
XIX.On his Own145
XX."Chats with Fritz"158
XXI.About Turn167
XXII.Punishments and Machine-Gun Stunts177
XXIII.Gas Attacks and Spies187
XXIV.The Firing Squad204
XXV.Preparing for the Big Push234
XXVI.All Quiet (?) on the Western Front242
"Tommy's Dictionary of the Trenches"281

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