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Having a Go at the Kaiser

A Welsh Family at War

Based on more than a hundred letters sent home by three Swansea brothers during the First World War, Having a Go at the Kaiser helps us to comprehend how drafted soldiers understood their role, their position, and their choices. Gethin Matthews provides a picture of what the brothers thought and how their ideas evolved on a range of issues as the war was being waged. Presenting a detailed family conversation from 1916 to 1918, these letters reveal some of the contemporary norms of Welsh society and dealing with such issues as identity, masculinity, and duty.

336 pages | 19 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018

History: Military History


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