Some Desperate Glory: The World War I Diary of a British Officer, 1917 Paperback – 1 Feb 1989
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Vaughan likes and respects the men placed under his charge, although at first he cannot relate to them well. The desolation felt by soldiers contrasts sharply with Vaughan's boyish nature. His youthful exuberance was unleashed onto physically and mentally drained men, so it is understandable that he was not always thought of kindly. It is through numerous 'ticking offs' that he receieves from other ranking officers (often infront of his troops) that builds the rapport that Vaughan later had with his men. Perhaps because of his youth, the troops saw a vulnerable and human warmth to an officer's personality that was often concealed from them by higher ranks.
I was struck by the banality of life of an army in action. Vaughan describes frustrating and monotonous tasks, such as moving troops to a destination only to be sent back again and many futile errands performed in intense cold, rain and endless swamps of mud.Read more ›
Those who kept a day-to-day diary in the trenches or generally on the Western Front often found they couldn't make any literary sense of it when they thought about publishing them.
"Some Desperate Glory" manages to be poetic and informative and is an excellent addition to any First World War library.
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Vaughan's account of his experience in this battle, and the contrast with his other experiences on the Somme is simply gripping. He is matter-of-fact throughout. He had no idea that the images he wrote about would haunt the European memory for decades. He simply wrote down each day what he saw and happened to him.
I read the hardcover (and plan to read it again). My only complaint is with the 2 maps, which are quite inadequate and spread across 2 pages so they are split at the binding. Nor do the maps show the location of the front lines. [ Isn't it an old military saying that "a battle is an event in war that occurs at the edge of 2 maps"?]
If you put the names of the villages Vaughan mentions into Google Maps you can trace many of the same roads that Vaughan describes walking along. The population of these villages and the roads connecting them do not seem to have changed much in almost 100 years. It is sometimes eerie to do this, but much better than referring to the poor maps in the book.