Memoirs of an Infantry Officer
Siegfried Sassoon
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Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM By Siegfried Sassoon

An irreverent look at British military leaders during WW1, written by the Hawthornden Prize winning author.
  • Title: Memoirs of an Infantry Officer
  • Author: Siegfried Sassoon
  • ISBN: 9781931313810
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Paperback

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Jeffrey Keeten Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
”I, single human being with my little stock of earthly experience in my head, was entering once again the veritable gloom and disaster of the thing called Armageddon. And I saw it then as I see it now---a dreadful place, a place of horror and desolation which no imagination could have invented. Also it was a place where a man of strong spirit might know himself utterly powerless against death and destruction, and yet stand up and defy gross darkness and stupefying shell-fire, discovering in hi [...]
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Paul Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
This is the second of Siegfried Sassoon’s trilogy of autobiographical war novels. It covers the period from 1915 to 1917; Sassoon’s time on the front line, the Battle of the Somme, his time recuperating from wounds, his protest about the war and ends with him being sent to Craiglockart, the psychiatric hospital for those with shellshock.Sassoon continues to be self-deprecating and tries to capture his feelings throughout, which were often contradictory. Other characters pop up thinly disguis [...]
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Terry Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
3.5 – 4 starsReading works like this makes me wonder how the human race has survived the hugely numerous and multifarious wars, battles, skirmishes, and ‘military actions’ that it has undertaken during the relatively brief span of its existence when they constantly bring home just how truly limited the insight and abilities of the military elite to see beyond their own arses seems to be. The glamourization of war in both historical and current popular culture makes the ability of a highly [...]
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Sophia Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
This account is fast moving, as Sherston gets pushed from pillar to post by the unseen powers in high command. He finds himself in the thick of battle on several occasions and Sassoon's descriptions of a soldier's mentality in such extreme situations are fascinating. Over the course of the novel Sherston will begin to question the whole point of the war in which so many have lost their lives, and his desire to stand up against the war is balanced by his fear of what his fellow officers and his f [...]
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Checkman Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
Classic WW I memoir thinly disguised as fiction in which 'George Sherston' is the pseudonym for Sassoon. It begins several months into Sherston's tour of duty in France and covers his combat experiences and changing attitude towards the war.This is still one of the more effective accounts of life in the trenches and ,even eighty-three years after it's initial publication, an effective and visceral read. Highly recommended for those interested in the so-called "Great War" and the experiences of t [...]
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Dillwynia Peter Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
This is the 2nd volume of the Siegfried Sassoon autobiographical trilogy recounting his experiences of the First World War. No punches are withheld and it is a brutal commentary of trench warfare, the poor organisation skills and the boredom of stuck waiting for something to happen. For Sherton, doing anything was important & so when he was involved in a raid, he is most alive. The outcome often being his advance is surrounded by failing advances. He could be reckless, but also not shy of ge [...]
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Jeff Lacy Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
Sassoon's account of WWI. It rounds out memoirs and another novel in the WWI genre. I found much stronger and visceral depictions of the soldiers' life in the trenches, in Henri Barbusse's novel, UNDER FIRE, in the memoirs GOODBYE TO ALL THAT by Robert Graves (perhaps the strongest), Ernst Junger's, STORM OF STEEL (from the perspective of the German soldier), Vera Brittain's, TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, and John Lewis Barkeley's, SCARLET FIELDS: THE COMBAT MEMOIRS OF A WORLD WAR I MEDAL OF HONOR HERO. T [...]
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Mark Speed Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
This is a fictionalised account of one of World War One's greatest poets, Siegfried Sassoon. It's the second in the trilogy of the life of George Sherston.He describes the incident that won him a Military Cross. When on convalescent leave, he decides to refuse to serve again in protest at the conduct of the war. Sherston describes meeting a fictionalised Bertrand Russell and talking it over.Sassoon proved his bravery three times in my view. First, in the endeavour that won him a Military Cross. [...]
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Vilija Pauliukonis Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
Absolutely wonderful read. Best enjoyed when added to other works from WWI, academic or memoir. Sassoon writes with a Blackadder-esque sense of humour about the ridiculous scenarios in which he finds himself. At the same time, his wistful discussions of trench warfare are sentimental and make great use of imagery. Read his poems, too.
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
Not actually a memoir; but a novel. Sequel to "Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man."
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Belinda G Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
Siegfried Sassoon is my favourite war poet. I love the man. I've heard he was a bit of a monster to live with, which does come through in his work, but I'm enthralled by the way he writes. This "memoir" is set from 1915-1917 as "George Sherston" navigates the horror and trauma of the trenches. I haven't read the first section of these fictionalised memoirs, Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man, because it really didn't appeal to me and because this section is far more relevant to my needs. At first, I t [...]
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Ian Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
I was given this book as a present many years ago and first read it at that time. Although I enjoyed it I was conscious that I hadn't read the first book of the trilogy and that I was therefore missing a lot of context. Recently I got round to reading "Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man" and decided to follow that with revisiting this second part. The life of "George Sherston" set out in this book is very different from the extended adolescence described in the first part of the trilogy; this second p [...]
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Brianna Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
"Dunning had been the first to leave our trench; had shouted 'Cheerio' and been killed at once." I can't stop thinking about this line, nor the fact that "Dunning" was a real person named Thomas Conning. (seated in front: sjp/uploads/1/6/5/7). Sassoon (or, as I plan to call him, my dear Siegfried) is amazingly talented as a writer and poet. What's even more exciting for this history nerd: he gives you such a sense of What It Was Like. Which, in this case, generally meants what it was like to be [...]
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John Cannon Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
Having read this trilogy, albeit in the wrong order, I would state that this is the weakest of the three but a great read nonetheless. If your main interest is a history of World War I this is not the book for you. In the first part of the book Sassoon sums up this volume saying "ose who expect a universalization of the Great War must look for it elsewhere. Here they will only find an attempt to show its effect on a somewhat solitary minded young man." Sassoon is a good observer and a fascinatin [...]
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Kay Howe Lee Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
It surprises me how little the principles of infantry warfare have changed over the past 100 years since WWI. Route marches, staff work, "young second lieutenants", etc etc - all this is stuff that we still talk about in the barracks today.Naturally I found the book quite interesting, for the perspective it presented on the horrors of war, and the technicalities of trench warfare. The author also manages to put in a nuanced examination of the psyche of a frontline soldier (and how he seeks meani [...]
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Michelle Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
It was a really enjoyable read. Simplistic style that is still really well written and informative. And only a couple of moments where I wished that Sassoon hadn't graced his readers with the gory details.
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James Hatton Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
Four stars. This excellent volume is the second of three in Siegfried Sassoon's semi-autobiographical WWI trilogy The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston: Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, and Sherston's Progress. The quality of the writing and its authenticity motivate me to give this volume four stars.Volume two comprises Sherston's first serious combat, his receipt of the Military Cross, two hospital stays and concomitant medical leaves, and finally his anti-war pr [...]
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Andrea Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
Almost gave this one a miss after Memoirs of a Fox hunting Man was such a dreary slog. Either his style grew on me or I just found the content much more interesting. Looking forward to the last book in the trilogy.
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Claire Paravel Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
" mad Jack " was quite a man . The slaughter that was the great war is unimaginable today fine book but as others note part of a series
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Chiefdonkey Bradey Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
A gentle well bred voice talks of horrors - from a drowsy lawn amongst orchards to an infernal world
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Tom Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
Beautifully written. A grim tale laced with dry wit. It's about the Great War, but about all wars, and the insidious momentum that keeps them going.
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Jack Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
In the semi autobiography, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer by Siegfried Sassoon, story follows an second-lieutenant named George Sherston. He starts out pro-war and is eager to fight the Germans for crown and country, but soon questions why they sacrifice many young men to fight the war to end all wars. This eventually lands him in in a hospital for shellshock patients. I think this story is about one man’s experience with the great war and his personal views on it, rather than just about the w [...]
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Stephanie Larocque Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
Often sarcastic and humorous, this is an honest account of World War One in the boots of an infantry officer. Though the second novel in a trilogy, I read this first and dove right into the life of George Sherston as he describes the horrors, emotions and trials the men in a Company face. Part memoir, part fiction, part unsentimental recounting, this novel is very well written. From tedium and boredom to utter fear and desolation, I concluded the novel with a clear image of WW1 in the trenches. [...]
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Andrew Marshall Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
It is strange to go back and read again book from your youth. I was forced to read Memoirs if an Infantry Officer at 15 for my English O level where war poets and writers was one of the topics. (I also read All Quiet On The Western Front). However, I decided to re-read because I've been tracing the 1st World War of my great uncle who died at the Battle of the Somme and wanted to get into his mindset. (Like Sassoon, he was an infantry officer but for East Surrey not Welsh Fusiliers). From the fir [...]
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Jan Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
The second part of a trilogy of fictionalised autobiography. This volume follows the story of Sherston into WW1 and his military career - both in the trenches and back in England for periods of sickness, convalescence and home leave. Very well written and creating clear mental pictures of life in the trenches, front line and moving behind the lines. Sherston seems to struggle with the balance of emotional and personal reactions to what he experiences and still understanding the excitement and fe [...]
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Juud10 Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
Het verhaal begint plompverloren. Geen inleiding waarin een beeld van de Eerste Wereldoorlog en de aard van de Eerste Wereldoorlog wordt geschetst. Ook geen uitleg van de omgeving waarin de gebeurtenissen zich afspelen. Als lezer moeit je maar raden hoe het militaire apparaat waarin Siegfried Sassoon zich beweegt is georganiseerd. Wat is een regiment, bataljon? Wat is het verschil tussen een tweede luitenant en een kolonel? Wat zijn de taken van een tweede luitenant? Siegfried Sassoon legt niets [...]
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David Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
Subject and prose are fascinating. Sassoon brings to his novel the artistry that resonates in his poetry. I found myself pausing frequently to marvel at the descriptions and choice of language that illuminate his chapters.This is the second of three novels charting George Sherston and his meanderings through the world of the The Great War. I am so pleased to have come across these works. I find that my knowledge of the almost unknowable is advanced. As much as we discover the daily numbing eiste [...]
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Thomas Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
Liked this a lot - not as good as Goodbye To All That, but an unsparing view of the war in 1916 and 1917, through the eyes of Sherston, a thinly veiled version of the author. Best on the daily mundane drill of war, and the life of the soldier, - his illnesses , time on the front, being moved around almost aimlessly, observing the first day of the Somme, returning home for leave and recuperation. The tone becomes increasingly questioning as the book progresses, very much a single person memoir, o [...]
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Gary Land Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
The second volume of Sassoon's trilogy tells of Sherston's experiences in the trenches of WWI, particularly the battle of the Somme. He tells of the heat, cold, mud, and--most importantly--the deaths of many of his friends. For a time he seems to take all this as a matter of course, but after being wounded and while convalescing in England, he thoughts come into focus and he decides that the war is a fraud that could be ended if the leaders would just decide to do so. He writes a protest that is [...]
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Peter Lorin Feb 24, 2020 - 09:24 AM
Wonderful book about thoughts that all men of all times must at some point or another have considered . When reading it, one can not help to think about ones own possible reactions to the scenes of war, ones own desire to be part of some greater cause, and ones own mental decay. Read the trilogy, read Goodbye to All That and read All Quiet on the Western Front. Memoirs. being less brutal than the latter. I found this to be the better of them all, although it should not stand alone.
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Memoirs of an Infantry Officer By Siegfried Sassoon An irreverent look at British military leaders during WW1, written by the Hawthornden Prize winning author.

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