BEFORE ACTION William Noel Hodgson and the 9th Devons

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As one of the best-known casualties of the first day of the Battle of the Somme this book offers an important new explanation of what happened to the 9th Devons that fateful morning. It uncovers the hidden meanings behind some of Hodgson’s most familiar poems, and its wider themes of family and friendship, war, grief and remembrance, are universal.
From The Long Long Trail: An excellent book and one of the best of the last couple of years.
It appears to have become somewhat de rigeur for revisionist historians to dismiss the war poets as unrepresentative and over-played in terms of our understanding of the Great War. “Before Action” is a reminder that at least one of them was a very good, reliable regimental officer.

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