The youngest soldier who fought in the Great War is believed to
have been just twelve years old. Many thousands of other boys are
known to have faked eye tests, inflated their small chests and
stood on tiptoes to bluff their way into a war of unforeseen
horror. How and why so many under-aged boys were able to get to the
battlefields is a complex mystery of World War I, and until Richard
van Emden's classic account, largely unexplored. Boy Soldiers of
the Great War tells for the first time the incredible stories of
the boys who went to fight for their country. Richard van Emden,
having amassed a unique collection of personal testimonies and
hitherto unpublished diaries and letters, brings to life their
stories of heroism and sacrifice. This edition has been completely
revised and updated.
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