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The Reluctant Tommy - Ronald Skirth's Extraordinary Memoir of the First World War [Unabridged] [Hardcover]

Jon Snow , Ronald Skirth , Duncan Barrett
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'An important contribution to the literature of the war. I would certainly buy this book even if I had not been sent a review copy, and whenever I get too misty-eyed about officer-man relationships I shall reread it to remind me of how badly things could go wrong. And of just how vital it is, for any democratic society seeking to use war as an instrument of policy, to ensure that the connection between war's means and its political ends is crystal clear.' -- Richard Holmes, The Evening Standard

From the Publisher

Contrary to comments made in some reader reviews, Ronald Skirth's memoirs have NOT been withdrawn from public access by the Imperial War Museum. The papers can still be found in the Museum's documents collection - a rich resource of diaries, letters and memoirs, reflecting the many and varied personal thoughts, opinions, beliefs and wartime experiences of thousands of people who have been involved in conflict.

About the Author

After the First World War, Ronald Skirth returned to England and married Ella. He became a teacher and, after he had retired, wrote his memoirs of the First World War. He died in 1977 and is survived by his daughter, Jean.

Duncan Barrett is an editor and writer. He lives in London.

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