Lyn McDonald

Lyn MacDonald,[1] is a British military historian best known for a series of books on the First World War that draw on first hand accounts of surviving veterans. She lives near Cambridge, England. She was a BBC Radio presenter until 1973.

Books in order of publication:

  • They Called It Passchendaele (1978), an account of the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.
  • The Roses of No Man’s Land (1980), a chronicle of the war from the neglected viewpoint of the casualties and the medical teams who struggled to save them.
  • Somme (1983), a history of the legendary and horrifying battle that has haunted the minds of succeeding generations.
  • 1914: The Days of Hope (1987), a vivid account of the first months of the war and winner of the 1987 Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award.
  • 1914-1918: Voices and Images of the Great War (1988), an illuminating account of the many different aspects of the war.
  • 1915: The Death of Innocence (1993), a brilliant evocation of the year that saw the terrible losses of Aubers Ridge, Loos, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres and Gallipoli.
  • To the Last Man: Spring 1918 (1998), a story of the second battle of the Marne.
  • At the Going Down of the Sun, 365 soldiers from the Great War. Co-writer with Ian Connerty, Sir Martin Gilbert, Peter Hart, Lyn MacDonald and Nigel Steel, Lannoo, Tielt, 2001.
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