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5.0 out of 5 stars A View From The Trenches, 8 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Harry's War (Kindle Edition)
This edited book is based on a diary written by Harry Drinkwater a private soldier in the Great War who became an officer in the British Army. As writing a diary was forbidden, Harry wrote his in secret over a period of nearly 5 years. He initially was refused becoming a soldier because he was half an inch too short. Eventually, he joined a Pals battalion, most of whom were killed. Harry was awarded the Military Cross for bravery during a trench raid. Such a diary is probably unique.

It is a moving account of an infantry man's experience on the Somme, at Arras, at Ypres, and in Italy. He was wounded twice. After the war as a Major he narrowly escaped being murdered in Egypt. He records life and death in the trenches plus vivid descriptions of the vagaries of war. It is a refreshing and candid account of the mixed fortunes that befell him.

Harry was born on 19 February 1889 in Stratford upon Avon. His Dad was a boot dealer whose shop was close to the house where Shakespeare was born. Harry was one of 5 children, two of whom died at an early age. The family were staunch Methodists.

His diary reflects life in the Royal Warwickshires telling how becoming an officer changed his world. Now he gives the orders knowing that life as a platoon officer was short on the Western Front.

His diary covers his many experiences in training, action, and as an officer cadet.
He had never intended it to be published. It is a remarkable and absorbing read.

I have only one small caveat given the existence of those who deride the war as futile. This account is one by someone who had the education to put pen to paper. Thousands were not able to do this. Also, Harry was in the infantry. Many thousands of soldiers never saw action as he did because they were engaged in vital supply, repair and maintenance work. We need also to remember that research clearly indicates that very seldom did a soldier spend more than 2 weeks at a time in a trench. Finally, numerous trench systems in different geographical/geological areas bore little resemblance to those described by Harry. In brief, this moving and graphic account should not be used to support those who sign up to the 'donkey'argument or
view the war as a 'fight about nothing'.
Highly recommended.
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Oh dear! Here is another one exhibiting nil knowledge-I suspect about most things.

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Since i fail to see the point in using titles in a social debate I CHOOSE NOT TO USE THE LETTERS AFTER MY NAME .ARE YOU A PODIATRIST ???--BECAUSE YOU SEEM GOOD AT PUTTING YOUR FOOT IN THINGS
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