They joined for their country. They fought for each other.
When war breaks out in 1914, Mark Fenner and his Sheffield friends immediately flock to Kitchener's call. Amid waving flags and boozy celebration, the three men - Fen, his best friend Locky and self-assured Frank, rival for the woman Fen loves - enlist as volunteers to take on the Germans and win glory.
Through ramshackle training in sodden England and a stint in arid Egypt, rebellious but brave Fen proves himself to be a natural leader, only undermined by on-going friction with Frank. Headed by terse, tough Sergeant Major Bold, this group of young men form steel-strong bonds, and yearn to face the great adventure of the Western Front.
Then, on one summer's day in 1916, Fen and his band of brothers are sent to the Somme, and this very ordinary hero discovers what it means to fight for your life.
Stirringly told from the down-to-earth view of everyday soldiers, Covenant with Death is acclaimed as one of the greatest novels about war ever written.
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More than one million men fell at the Battle of the Somme before the terrible conflict finally withered and died in the winter mud. This fictionalized account tells the story of one voluntary battalion from its inception in 1914 to its destruction on 1st July 1916.Review:
Laden with knowledge yet sparely written, Covenant with Death is the work of an author immersed in the lives of those who fought ( The Times)
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Book Description Sheridan, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099106906
Book Description Sheridan, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99106906