Lyn Macdonald, Who Preserved Voices of World War I, Dies at 91

“The recording angel of the common soldier,” she chronicled the war in seven books from the soldiers’ perspective, drawing on 600 interviews with veterans.

By Alan Cowell

Mistakenly, they called it the war to end all wars, a grinding collision of empires and nations from 1914 to 1918 that robbed the young of their youth in the mud-bound reaches of Flanders, the Somme and many other fields of battle. Its course and impact inspired a vast canon of military history and increasingly bleak verse from the trenches.

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