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The Extinguished Flame: Olympians Killed in the Great War

The Extinguished Flame Olympians Killed in the Great War In August the world will be spellbound by the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as athletes from countries compete in events Tracing their origins back to the Greeks in BC the h

  • Title: The Extinguished Flame: Olympians Killed in the Great War
  • Author: Nigel McCrery
  • ISBN: 9781473877986
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In August 2016 the world will be spellbound by the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as 10,500 athletes from 206 countries compete in 306 events Tracing their origins back to the Greeks in 776 BC, the history of the Olympics is a glorious one but it has had its darker moments.During the First World War no fewer than 135 Olympians perished Many had won Gold, Silver and BronIn August 2016 the world will be spellbound by the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as 10,500 athletes from 206 countries compete in 306 events Tracing their origins back to the Greeks in 776 BC, the history of the Olympics is a glorious one but it has had its darker moments.During the First World War no fewer than 135 Olympians perished Many had won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals They came not just from the UK, Germany, France, USA but from all over the globe.Wyndham Halswelle, killed in action on 31 March 1915, won a Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in both field and track events The Frenchman Leon Flameng, the fastest cyclist ever, died on 2 January 1917, having won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the 1896 Olympics The German Fritz Bartholomae, killed in action 12 September 1915, won a Bronze in the rowing eights during the 1912 Olympics The list of these heroes goes on and on Each Olympian, who made the supreme sacrifice, is honored in this magnificent book by a summary of their life, sporting achievement and manner of their death.

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    1. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.I jumped when I stumbled over Nigel McCrery’s The Extinguished Flame: Olympians Killed in the Great War. It sounds disrespectful considering the subject matter, but I enjoy stories of those who served on the front lines and I especially like those volumes that treat them as individuals rather than military units.McCrery uncovered a lot of forgotten stories in this volume. I can’t imagine the level of research that went into it, but I think [...]

    2. thanks to netgalley and publishers for a free copy in exchange for an open and honest reviewtailed book in the first world war sports series showing sportsman who were killed during the great war and getting details on their bio and what events and which games they entered

    3. Not entirely what I had expected. I think I would have wished for a bit more "fleshing out" of the Olympians.

    4. So many of the athletes at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, served in World War One, and died. So many from earlier Olympics as well. These athletes would have known one another from these and other competitions. Then they were expected to kill each other.The Extinguished Flame lists all the athletes and as much as is known about them. The biggest losers: fifty British men, twenty-nine French, twenty-two German. Only two Americans.Not all of them died violently. American tennis player Art [...]

    5. In The Extinguished Flame: Olympians Killed in The Great War, Nigel McCrery chronicles the lives of the 135 athletes who perished in World War I. The volume is composed like an encyclopedia, and each entry has a short biographical sketch, the Olympic event, and a photo, if available. The athletes are separated by the year in which they died on the battlefield. The Extinguished Flame is a fitting tribute to those who competed for their country and defended it as well. It is clear that the book is [...]

    6. Rio was the home of the summer Olympics this year. The thirty-first Olympics games to be exact and just like the others in previous years will go down in the history books. But The Extinguished Flame by Nigel McCrey novel was not about this year’s Olympics but the one that occurred in 1912 in Stockholm and the last Olympics to have occurred before World War I. A fair amount of the Olympians went on to defend their country during the Great War. Mr. McCrey novel recounts their stories of both th [...]

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