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Synopsis

The First World War decimated cities, destroyed countries, obliterated empires and cost millions of lives. Yet only twenty years later the world was plunged into another even more devastating conflict. This book gives a compelling insight into how the terrible impact of World War I led to crucifying debt, enmity over territorial disputes and the brewing of unimaginable horrors in the cauldron of the interwar decades. 31 Years of Hell! chronicles in a concise captivating narrative the entire turbulent period from 1914 to 1945. It is a timely and moving account of power struggles, human suffering and the devastating toll of war.

Profile of Author

The author, Eamonn Ashe, spent the first twenty-two years of his life growing up in Salthill, Galway. He received his secondary education from the Jesuits at St. Ignatius College, Galway, before going on to graduate from NUIG as a Civil Engineer. For more than thirty years, he ran his own companies specialising in the design and construction of swimming pools and synthetic sports surfaces. He has spent most of his life living in Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Eamonn has been gripped by the world wars for many years, sparked by the loss of his grandfather in World War I. An avid reader, he has studied dozens of books about the wars and the interwar years. He has deepened his insight through documentaries and visits to war sites, including:

  • Battlefields at the Somme, Messines and Passchendaele
  • War museums in Ypres and Albert
  • Sites of the Normandy landings
  • Allied war cemeteries at Tyne Cot (Passchendaele) and Normandy
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Soviet War Memorial (Tiergarten)
  • Battle of Berlin sites
  • Seelow Heights museum
  • Wannsee Conference building
  • Cape Helles, Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay in Gallipoli
  • Atatürk monument
  • Francis Ledwidge’s grave

31 Years of Hell! is Eamonn’s first book.

This book was a family collaboration, having been edited by Eamonn’s daughter Fiona and published through her digital agency, FlasheForward Communications. They were delighted to have the opportunity to work together and are very proud of the resulting book.