A superb study... Lewis-Stempel's marvelously evocative book is full of throat-catching moments... The result is the most moving single book on the Great War that I have ever read - and I have read many... his book pays the subalterns the respect they deserve by entering into their distant mindsets.
Best research resource ever. Beautiful book
This well researched book tells the harrowing story of the men - or adolescents, many of them -who unhesitatingly answered the call by War Minister Lord Kitchener for volunteers, and continued to answer it even after it became clear that the life expectancy of a subaltern in the trenches averaged only six weeks... Lewis-Stempel is excellent on life in the trenches... for all the horror and pity of their struggle, their legacy is our freedom.
It is only rarely that a book deserves to be recommended unreservedly but John Lewis-Stempel's Six Weeks falls firmly into that category...This is a book that should be read by every young man who aspires to serve as an officer in the Army; it will educate him about how to behave in command of soldiers and about how to face the perils of war.
woven with great narrative skill...presents an incomparable portrait of a generation
Diaries and letters convey the inspiring spirit of these young men.
A hugely moving account
A poignant and detailed study on what life was like at the front.
One of the most important new studies of the Great War
Every school pupil should read "Six Weeks" by @JLewisStempel before going on a First World War battlefield tour
Superb ... the most moving single book on the Great War that I have ever read