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The Great War As I Saw It   By: (1861-1944)

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In "The Great War As I Saw It", Frederick George Scott offers readers a poignant and personal account of World War I through the eyes of a chaplain serving in the Canadian army. Scott's narrative is filled with heart-wrenching and vivid descriptions that immerse readers in the brutal realities of war.

From the very beginning, Scott's writing captures the somber and bleak atmosphere that permeated the trenches. His attention to detail allows readers to visualize the harrowing conditions, the constant fear, and the enduring spirit of the soldiers. The author's vivid descriptions convey not only the physical hardships endured by the men, but also the psychological toll of witnessing atrocities and losing comrades on a daily basis.

What distinguishes Scott's narrative is his exploration of the spiritual and moral dimensions of war. As a chaplain, he brings a unique perspective to the table, grappling with the impact of war on faith and humanity. His insights into the soldiers' spiritual struggles and their search for meaning in the midst of chaos are profound and thought-provoking.

Additionally, Scott's account delves into the experiences of individuals from various backgrounds. From officers to foot soldiers, he presents a diverse range of voices and perspectives, illuminating the social and class differences that existed within the army. This adds depth and complexity to his narrative, revealing the multifaceted nature of war and its effects on individuals.

However, at times, the narrative can feel fragmented. Jumping from one event to another without a clear chronology or narrative structure occasionally hampers the readability of the book. Nevertheless, this disjointedness can be attributed to the raw and unfiltered nature of Scott's recollections, reflecting the unpredictable and chaotic nature of war itself.

"The Great War As I Saw It" is a deeply personal memoir, providing readers with an intimate and authentic portrayal of World War I. Scott's lyrical writing, coupled with his introspective reflections on the cost of war, make this book a compelling read for history enthusiasts, as well as those seeking a profound exploration of the human experience during times of conflict.

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[Transcriber's note: Obvious printer's errors have been corrected. Variable spelling of hyphenated words has been made consistent. Missing page numbers correspond to blank pages. Punctuation conventions of the original have been retained. Inconsistent spelling of place names has been retained.]

[Illustration: Frontispiece]

The Great War as I Saw It

[Illustration: Frederick George Scott.]

The Great War as I Saw It


Canon Frederick George Scott, C.M.G., D.S.O. Late Senior Chaplain First Canadian Division, C.E.F.

Author of "Later Canadian Poems," and "Hymn of the Empire."

F. D. GOODCHILD COMPANY Publishers Toronto

Copyright, Canada, 1922 by Frederick George Scott

CONTENTS (p. 005)

PAGE CHAPTER I. How I got into the War July to September, 1914 15

CHAPTER II. The Voyage to England September 29th to October 18th, 1914 25

CHAPTER III... Continue reading book >>

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