Tommy's War. A First World War Diary 1013-1918,
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This review is from: Tommy's War: A First World War Diary 1913-1918 (Paperback)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book which gave a meaningful introduction to Tommy's small family's way of life during the First World War. It is a superb keyhole look at their lives in a working class area of Glasgow in difficult times.
Tommy gives the reader a pen picture of his day to day working and social life-----is wife , Agnes,to whom he is devoted, and their son, young Tommy, who is the apple of their eyes. The diary is kept faithfully each day and in it Tommy records --getting his hair cut, Agnes's frequent illnesses, young Tommy's successes at school , plus detailed records of the war being fought across the English Channel. The number of soldiers, German as well as British, killed and wounded are recorded just underneath his own family's story. Tommy illustrates his diary with little, humorous drawings which add poignancy to his records.
I found it difficult to put the book down. I kept saying to myself--"just another page"-but that did not work! An excellent read giving a glimpse of the social, political and difficult times at that stage of the 20th Century.