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News From No Man's Land

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"News From No Man's Land" by James Green is a thought-provoking and engaging read that delves into the complexities of war and its aftermath. The author skillfully weaves together personal narratives and historical research to paint a vivid picture of the experiences of soldiers and civilians affected by conflict. Green's writing style is both informative and compassionate, offering unique perspectives on war that challenge readers to consider the human cost of violence. Overall, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the impact of war on individuals and societies.

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James Green was a Methodist minister who was a chaplain to Australian troops in the Boer War and in the Australian Imperial Force in World War I. This memoir was published 1917, while the war was on-going. “In spite of necessary suppression, or vagueness of names of localities, my comrades of the Fifty-fifth Battalion, to which I was attached, will recognize many of the incidents described, and I can only hope that reading what the padre has to say may cheer them in some lonely places, or help them to be happy though miserable in some indifferent billets.”
Green served with distinction at Gallipoli as well as in several campaigns in western Europe. He developed and maintained all his life a huge respect for the common fighting man. Notes: "Padre" was how military chaplains of all denominations were addressed and referred to. "Bomb" in infantry terms is what more modern eras term hand grenades. Horseferry Road was the London site of the headquarters for the A.I.F. It was also the site of a recreation center for Australian soldiers; it was founded by Green.

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