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Over the Top by Arthur Empey
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Arthur Guy Empey was an American who responded to the sinking of the Lusitania by enlisting with the British Army to fight in France. His experiences in the trenches, including his ultimate wounding and convalescence, became this book. When published in 1917, it was a major hit and helped the recruiting effort when America entered the Great War.

If you’ve heard of the horror of trench warfare in WWI and want to see it from below dirt level, Empey offers it all here.

Also included is Empey’s popular “Tommy’s Dictionary of the Trenches” which humorously demistifies the slang used by the British soldier.

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"OVER THE TOP"

BY

AN AMERICAN SOLDIER WHO WENT

ARTHUR GUY EMPEY

MACHINE GUNNER, SERVING IN FRANCE

TOGETHER WITH

TOMMY'S DICTIONARY OF THE TRENCHES

16 ILLUSTRATIONS AND DIAGRAMS

Twenty sixth Impression

{Photo: The Author just before Leaving for Home.}

TO

MY MOTHER AND MY SISTER

I have had many good comrades as I have journeyed around the world, before the mast and in the trenches, but loyal and true as they were, none have ever done, or could ever do, as much as you have done for me. So as a little token of my gratitude for your love and sacrifice I dedicate this book to you.

FOREWORD

During sixteen years of "roughing it," knocking around the world, I have nibbed against the high and low and have had ample opportunity of studying, at close range, many different peoples, their ideals, political and otherwise, their hopes and principles. Through this elbow rubbing, and not from reading, I have become convinced of the nobility, truth, and justice of the Allies' cause, and know their fight to be our fight, because it espouses the principles of the United States of America, democracy, justice, and liberty... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 4 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 17, 2015
Subject: Over the Top
Very Good. Except. Ibelive it is watered down with regard to training, etc.. This to not put off the 'Yanks' the he is trying to atract to the Allied cause.
Reviewer: - July 26, 2014
Subject: Over the top
Very well read, indeed! I enjoyed listening to it a lot.
Reviewer: - June 24, 2013
Subject: Fascinating! Well written and well read.
A must read if WWI is one of your interests.
Reviewer: - December 5, 2012
Subject: Over the Top
A fascinating and at times harrowing account of one American's experience as a First World War Tommy. An incredible illustration of social history.


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