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This review is from: Sapper Martin: The Secret Great War Diary of Jack Martin (Hardcover)
This diary, whilst being necessarily (and who can tell how well) edited is a wonderfully preserved and presented slice of Great War life from someone who served in Flanders and France from the latter part of the battle of the Somme through Pashendale, on to Italy then back to the Western Front just in time for Germany's 1918 offensive and the subsequent "100 days" leading to the eventual allied victory. "Sapper" Jack Martin narrates the daily events of his service with a great degree of humility and yet lacks the often perceived, fore-lock-tugging deference that many of the Georgian working and middle classes (at least on the surface) appeared to affect; this makes for a refreshing and humorously wry read.
I found this book to be highly compelling and I would strongly recommend it to any student of not only the Great War but also of early 20th Century.