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In the Trenches 1914 - 1918

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    Glenn R. Iriam(Author)

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This book are the memoirs of Frank S. Iriam, Sgt. sniper, scout and, observer attached to the First Canadian Division which was attached to the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force. These writing are of significant Historical Value as well as a very vivid description of most of the major battles of the Great War. There are no holds barred descriptions of the good and bad qualities of the various commanders he served under throughout the war as well as a good description of a scouts duties in trench warfare. It is a very mild description of a very violent and dangerous job where sudden death was every where. These men dealt out sudden death to every enemy combatant that was bearing arms and came into their view. They directed artillery fire onto any enemy target they could pinpoint. Also they crawled around no mans land day and night evaluating the enemy defenses in the sunshine, rain or snow. Frank made the comment that this was no Sunday Picnic. Only a man of great dedication to his country with great physical and mental strength could have survived those three years, seven months of Hades. This book is void of profane language as a result of Frank's religious beliefs and upbringing.

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  • PDF | 316 pages
  • Glenn R. Iriam(Author)
  • Trafford Publishing (October 26, 2011)
  • English
  • 5
  • Biographies & Memoirs

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  • By Generalist on May 9, 2013

    Only about forty men survived WWI from the original 8th Battalion CEF. Frank Iriam was one of that forty. This book ranks with "Ghosts Have Warm Hands", "The Journal of Private Fraser" or "A Rifleman Went to War" as one of greatest WWI memoirs by a Canadian soldier.The book is remarkable for its brutal honesty, which the author applies to himself as well as others. Personal vendettas, ambitious officers, cowardice, all the things that happen in every army but which most soldiers gloss over in their memoirs are here. Far outshone of course, by the incredible endurance, heroism and amazing success of the Canadian Corps, but Frank was apparently determined to record his experiences "warts and all", and he did.Those interested in sniping, small arms, the Ross and Enfield rifles and related topics will find more here of interest than anywhere else except perhaps in McBride's book, but Frank Iriam's experiences were longer and harder than McBride's by far.Iriam served at 2nd Ypres and describes the terrible effects of the first use of poison gas in WWI against the Canadians and French. Only the stubborn resistance of the Canadians prevented a German breakthrough. The 10th and 16th Battalions going so far as to counter-attack without gas masks in what Marshal Foch called "the finest act of the War".This book is published exactly as written, right down the spelling mistakes, but where I have checked the historical record, it has borne out Frank Iriam's account every time. It is record of extraordinary courage both moral and physical. Most of those who survived the whole war did so because they were invalided or found safer jobs in the rear. Iriam served in the lines continuously except for some spells in hospital, until he was invalided out by his wounds on August 8th 1918, when the Canadian Corps with some Australian formations, smashed into the German lines east of Amiens. So great was the impact of those four full-strength divisions that Ludendorf called August 8th, "the black day of the German Army". As a result of that Battle of Amiens, he and Hindenburg told the Kaiser and the German government that they would have to sue for peace. This was the beginning of "Canada's 100 Days" when the Canadian Corps fought and defeated over 25 German divisions and broke through the Hindenburg line. And how many Canadians know this today?This book is a classic of the genre and with time it will be recognized as such.

  • By Stu K on March 12, 2015

    This book pulls no punches, tells it like it is!

  • By Lorna on December 31, 2013

    With the anniversary of the beginning of WW1 coming up in August, this is a fantastic "front lines" book to read. A great piece of history.

  • By RUCK UP on July 1, 2014

    One of the best WW1 books I ever read. Tells it like it was !!! Excellent view from the Canadian trenches.


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