Matt’s Book Blog reviewed Toward the Flame by Hervey Allen for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012. Here’s an excerpt:
This is not a mud and blood memoir of the trenches since by the time Hervey and the men he served with got to fight, it was a war of movement. Allen was keen observer and gives descriptions of men dealing with shelling, anxiety, boredom, and ordinary but wonderful activities such as eating. Hervey gets across that in battle the individual infantryman’s survival depended on a combination of training, comrades, lay of the land, and luck.
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