Meeting The Enemy: The Human Face Of The Great War

by Richard van Emden

Bloomsbury Press Agency | August 26, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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A British soldier walked over to the German front line to deliver newspapers; British women married to Germans became "enemy aliens" in their own country; a high-ranking British POW discussed his own troops' heroism with the Kaiser on the battlefield. Just three amazing stories of contact between the opposing sides in the Great War that eminent historian Richard van Emden has unearthed--incidents that show brutality, great humanity, and above all, the bizarre nature of a conflict between two nations with long-standing ties of kinship and friendship. Meeting the Enemy reveals for the first time how contact was maintained on many levels throughout the War, and through its stories--sometimes funny, often moving--gives us a new perspective on the lives of ordinary men and women caught up in extraordinary events.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1 in

Published: August 26, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press Agency

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1408843358

ISBN - 13: 9781408843352

Found in: History

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Meeting The Enemy: The Human Face Of The Great War

Meeting The Enemy: The Human Face Of The Great War

by Richard van Emden

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1 in

Published: August 26, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press Agency

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1408843358

ISBN - 13: 9781408843352

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A British soldier walked over to the German front line to deliver newspapers; British women married to Germans became "enemy aliens" in their own country; a high-ranking British POW discussed his own troops' heroism with the Kaiser on the battlefield. Just three amazing stories of contact between the opposing sides in the Great War that eminent historian Richard van Emden has unearthed--incidents that show brutality, great humanity, and above all, the bizarre nature of a conflict between two nations with long-standing ties of kinship and friendship. Meeting the Enemy reveals for the first time how contact was maintained on many levels throughout the War, and through its stories--sometimes funny, often moving--gives us a new perspective on the lives of ordinary men and women caught up in extraordinary events.

About the Author

Richard van Emden has interviewed over 270 veterans of the Great War and has written fourteen books on the subject including Boy Soldiers of the Great War and The Last Fighting Tommy. He has also worked on more than a dozen television programs on the First World War, including Britain's Last Tommies, Britain's Boy Soldiers, the award-winning Roses of No Man's Land, and most recently, War Horse: The Real Story. He lives in West London.

Editorial Reviews

In Meeting the Enemy, the historian Richard Van Emden shifts his focus from the grim fields of the First World War to the small, all but unknown instances of compassion across enemy lines.