A fine novel that is now only recently becoming acclaimed, although not that well known, based on the author’s experiences with a 4.5-inch Howitzer battery in France, and giving realistic vision of life and work in the battery, emphasising comradeship and sacrifice. Falls awards a star and notes “one of the longest and most detailed of war novels… gives perhaps the finest picture yet painted of life in a field-artillery battery. He is sentimental in that shame-faced British manner which is really more sentimental than Latin emotionalism, but his portraits are by no means necessarily false for that. His attitude to the war itself is sane and just. This is one of the books which could not possibly have been written save upon the foundation of experience.”
MEDAL WITHOUT BAR An English War Novel
Richard Blaker’s ‘Medal Without Bar’ is one of the very finest novels of the Great War. It tells the story of Cartwright, a middle-aged man who enlists in 1914. We follow him through training and into the artillery and hard fighting on the Western Front. There aren’t many better novels about the Great War than this.