Last Man Standing: The Memoirs, Letters & Photographs of a Teenage Officer

Last Man Standing: The Memoirs, Letters & Photographs of a Teenage Officer


It not often turns out credible this day nineteen-year-old boy, simply commissioned into the Seaforth Highlanders, could lead on a platoon of guys into the carnage of the conflict of the Somme. Or that, because the desktop gun bullets whistled previous and shells exploded, he may well retain his personal morale to steer a platoon, holding its self-discipline and solidarity, inspite of determined losses. Norman Collins, the writer of this excellent memoir, used to be this impressive man.

Despite being wounded 3 times, Norman lived to work out his hundredth birthday so changing into one of many final surviving fighters of this negative clash. via his eloquent thoughts recorded overdue in existence and a unprecedented choice of letters that he wrote from front, he tells the tale of his existence as a tender subaltern on the entrance in the course of 1916 and 1917. utilizing Norman’s personal phrases, this e-book follows him from his youth in Hartlepool to his next carrier in France. The booklet additionally covers such shattering occasions because the German naval attack on Hartlepool in December 1914 whilst, as a seventeen-year-old, Norman used to be subjected to as tremendous a bombardment as any taking place at the Western entrance at that time.

Norman’s enlistment and coaching are coated intimately in his letters, as is his posting to France and the epic assault at Beaumont Hamel in November 1916. carrier at Arras in April 1917 and within the weeks sooner than the 3rd conflict for Ypres is usually recorded sooner than severe damage hospitalized him for a year.

Norman’s love for, and devotion to, the boys less than his command shine out during this e-book and his tales are gripping and deeply relocating. they're illustrated by means of a unprecedented choice of inner most images taken at or close to front by means of Norman himself, even if using a digital camera was once strictly proscribed by way of the military. lots of the photographs have by no means been released ahead of.

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