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A Soldier's Life Being the Personal Reminiscences of Edwin G. Rundle   By: (1838-)

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A Soldier's Life is a remarkable memoir by Edwin George Rundle, offering readers a unique perspective on the experience of being a soldier. Rundle's personal reminiscences capture the challenges, triumphs, and deep emotions that defined his years in service.

The book takes us on a captivating journey through Rundle's life, from his early enlistment to his eventual retirement from the military. Throughout, he masterfully intertwines vivid descriptions of military life with deep introspection, painting a vivid picture of the toll war takes on the human spirit.

One of the book's strongest elements is Rundle's ability to convey the visceral realities of combat. We are thrust into the chaos of battle through his detailed accounts, feeling the fear, adrenaline, and camaraderie that soldiers experience. Rundle's writing brings every scene to life, immersing the reader in the raw emotions and intensity of war.

However, what sets A Soldier's Life apart is Rundle's introspective exploration of the psychological and emotional impact of war. He delves into the depths of his own thoughts and feelings, grappling with moments of doubt, guilt, and trauma. By sharing his personal struggles, Rundle humanizes the soldier's experience, reminding us of the complexities faced by those who serve.

Aside from the intense subject matter, the book showcases Rundle's exceptional storytelling skills. The narrative flows seamlessly, capturing both the big moments and the smaller, everyday ones that make up a soldier's life. Rundle's attention to detail is evident, from the descriptions of the landscape to the interactions between fellow soldiers, making the overall reading experience immersive and engaging.

Despite Rundle's focus on his personal experiences, there are moments where the book touches on wider social and political issues. He offers insights into the larger context of the conflicts he participated in, providing historical context and questioning the root causes of war. These insights add depth and complexity to an already layered narrative.

One minor critique is that at times the book can feel disjointed, with abrupt transitions between different periods of Rundle's life. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall impact of the memoir.

In conclusion, A Soldier's Life is a captivating and deeply affecting memoir that shines a light on the realities of war and the toll it takes on those who serve. Edwin George Rundle's personal reminiscences offer a rare glimpse into the inner world of a soldier, combining raw emotion, powerful storytelling, and thought-provoking reflections on the nature of war. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the realities of military service and the human experience amidst conflict.

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[Illustration: COLOR SERGT. EDWIN G. RUNDLE. Age, 28 Years.]

A Soldier's Life

Being the Personal Reminiscences of


Late Sergeant Major in Her Majesty's Leicestershire Regiment of Foot, Instructor and Lecturer to the Military School, Toronto, 1866 1868. Member of the Red River Expedition.

With Introduction by MAJOR HENRY J. WOODSIDE

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Of recent years we have had many books on military history, most of them chiefly devoted to the wars which have marked the extension of the British Empire.

In Sergeant Major Rundle's narrative we have the interesting story of how an honest English boy became attracted to the colors; how the British army lives, moves and has its being in the British Isles and in the Dominions beyond the seas; how that boy rose by honest effort to the highest non commissioned position in that army; and most interesting of all, his experience on foreign service when his regiment took part in the Trent affair and Fenian raids, following the close of the American civil war.

Later, Sergeant Rundle became instructor at the Toronto Military School, where he trained some men now very prominent in Canadian affairs. He also was a member of the Red River expedition, which helped very much to open up and develop that western empire whose golden tide of grain is now flowing into the wheat bins of the British Empire... Continue reading book >>

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