Forgotten Voices of the Great War by Max Arthur
In 1972, the Imperial War Museum began a momentous and important task. A team of academics, archivists and volunteers set about retracing WWI veterans and interviewing them at length in order to record the experiences of ordinary individuals in war. The IWM oral archive has become the most important archive of its kind in the world. Authors have occasionally been granted access to the vaults, but digesting the thousands of hours of footage is a monumental task. (There are over 2,500 interviews; some 20 hours long!)
As a result, those seeking first person quotations for their works have only used a tiny fraction of the available pre-transcribed material. The Imperial War Museum has now granted unlimited access to the complete WWI tapes. These are the forgotten voices of an entire generation of survivors of the Great War.
Forgotten Voices of the Great War is an important, unique and compelling story of WWI in the words of those who experienced it.