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At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 Captain J. L. Jack was serving with the First Cameronians, one of the earliest British regiments to arrive in France. Almost every... Read more
At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 Captain J. L. Jack was serving with the First Cameronians, one of the earliest British regiments to arrive in France. Almost every day while serving in France and Flanders, Jack kept a secret diary. This diary is unique. It presents the detail of a regular officer's life at war during virtually the whole of the First World War on the Western Front. Jack was witness not only to the horror and wretchedness of much that happened in the trenches but also to the bravery and spirit that kept the British soldiers in the line going through to the momentous battles of 1918 and final victory. Poignant and moving, as well as describing the reality of war on the Western Front, these diaries have been edited and linked with commentaries by the distinguished military historian John Terraine.
General Jack's Diary 1914-18 Paperback edition by John Terraine
John Terraine was an eminent military historian, broadcaster and author of books including DOUGLAS HAIG: THE EDUCATED SOLDIER, TO WIN A WAR and IMPACTS OF WAR. His contribution to the 26-part BBC TV documentary THE GREAT WAR launched him on a career that transformed attitudes to the history of the First World War. He died in 2003.
Describes impacts of the Great War on a region of Southern Scotland. The study contributes to the understanding of the impact of the First World War on country areas. Thematic chapters explore areas such as recruitment, voluntary medical service and commemoration.
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