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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. I ran for about 70 yards carrying with me all the Lewis gun things I had brought up and dropped breathless into a shell hole headlong onto a German who had been dead for months. He was told he was half an inch too short. But, determined to fight for king and country, he found a battalion that would take him and was soon on his way to the trenches of the Somme. As the war dragged on, Harry saw most of the men he joined up with killed around him.
But, somehow, he survived. Soldiers were forbidden from keeping a diary so Harry wrote his in secret, recording the horrendous conditions and constant fear, as well as his pleasure at receiving his officer's commission, the joy of his men when they escaped the trenches for the Italian Front and the trench raid for which he was awarded the Military Cross. Harry writes with such immediacy it is easy to forget that a hundred years have passed.
He is by turns wry, exhausted, annoyed, resigned and often amazed to be alive.
Never before published, Harry's War is a moving testament to one man's struggle to keep his humanity in the face of unimaginable violence. Get A Copy.
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More filters. Sort order. May 03, Michelle Imms rated it it was amazing. As an avid reader of first account diaries and letters from those soldiers involved in the First World War, I can honestly say that this is the best and most heart rendering account I have read. An absolutely beautiful account of this mans years in the trenches of northern France.
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Oct 05, Rebecca rated it it was amazing. Harry's War was a fantastic book, giving a genuine soldiers of account of life in the trenches. As well as showing the monotone aspect of their day to day life, Harry's War showed a soldiers attitudes to war as it went on and described the horrors and unexpected joys soldiers had to go through, from both an officer's and an enlisted man's perspective.
Aug 22, M. Webb rated it really liked it. OMG what those guys had to endure! They were made of stronger stuff back then, I'm sure. When you've been to hell so many times, what thoughts must enter your head when you know you have to return, time and time again? Lest we forget. I really enjoyed this and would recommend this to anybody who is interested in reading about day to day living through the Great War.
A very informative and compelling read. Jan 01, Amy Wright rated it it was amazing. This book is beautifully written! This book made me cry several times as the insights given to what these boys and men went through is harrowing. A very thought provoking and poignant book. I have an interest in history, particularly accounts and memories of those who lived, rather than just names and dates. Harry Drinkwater honestly recorded as much of his experiences as he could, which in itself.
However, I felt a lot of it lacked emotion, with gruesome details being plainly described the one that will always stay with me is when his arm literally sunk into a dead German as Harry tried to use him to lever himself out of a hole. I expect this is because to survive living through something as horrific as the frontline during the First World War, the men must have dissociated themselves from what was happening on a day-to-day basis; but it makes reading this diary not only very uncomfortable and disturbing, but sometimes causes the reader to dissociate from the experience as well, making it an effort to truly accept the terribleness of what actually happened.
In fact, Harry himself often comments on how the time spent away from the front is like heaven compared to the hell of being in the trenches, showing he had clarity and could understand how bizarre his situation was. To bring together the diary, the editor Jon Cooksey includes notes which put the situations and places into context in regards to the war, and important events that were happening at the time.
Jul 29, Hadenmaiden rated it it was amazing. For that reason alone, it is a remarkable account of life in and around the trenches. Harry joined the Birmingham Pals at his second attempt at the outbreak of war in August , having been turned down the first time on account of being a little too short. His diary initially describes the training of the volunteers in England before embarking for the Western Front in The diaries are reproduced as recorded, and document some of the monotony and misery of the life of the soldiers as well as the occasional bliss when they got a warm dry day that enabled them to spend part of the day scraping off the mud with which they and their clothes were caked.
All in all I found this a good mix of valuable personal memoir and general introduction to how an individual might have experienced the four years of conflict that we are so fortunate not to have had to endure. Harry, like so many others, must have been an incredible man and these diaries are another reminder that we really must not forget the sacrifices so many of them made for our freedom and safety. It is a film about how war drives men to the brink and the journey that becomes more important than the journey's end. Based on the experiences of his uncle Harry Saunders, who fought for Australia and died on the beaches of Gona in , Richard Frankland has written and directed a gripping and haunting short film.
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