If you lament the demise of the stiff upper lip, this is the book for you (Dominic Sandbrook Evening Standard )
Amazing, a delight to read, a book worth special attention. Worthy of being in Dad's Army . . . An insight into life as it really was in those dark days of World War Two (Army Rumour Service )
An unexpectedly revealing picture of the reality behind a television fiction (Sunday Times )
Ever since Dad's Army become popular as a TV series, books have been published and described as revealing 'The Real Dad's Army'. The extraordinary thing about this book is that, finally, it is the real thing (Jimmy Perry, Co-Creator Of Dad's Army )
This book is a wonderful slice of social history, a unique record by a brave observer of not only a momentous time, but also a vanished way of life: a tradition of self-sacrifice and pulling together that now seems, sadly, part of the distant past (John Harding, Book Of The Week Daily Mail ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Shaun Sewell is an avid antique dealer and social historian who brought the world of Thomas Cairns Livingstone to life when his diaries were published in 2008 and 2010. His next find was the diaries of Lt. Col. Rodney Foster who paints a rare picture of life in WWII through the eyes of the Home Guard platoon and company leader on the Kentish coastline. Shaun bought the diaries through an online auction in 2008 and was captivated by the dramatic accounts of this real life Dad's Army's Captain Mainwaring. Shaun lives and works in Northumberland.
Rodney Foster was born in India in 1882 and spent his career in the Indian Army. In his retirement he went with his wife and daughter to live in Saltwood, near Hythe on the Kent coastline. Here in 1940 he enrolled in the Home Guard. He died in 1962.