Harry’s War

Harry’s War

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a€˜I saw several fellows fall, one fellow coughing up blood and all the time, bullets were hacking about me. 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.a€™ Harold Drinkwater was not supposed to go to war. 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.We know this because Harry later recorded the events inhisdiary, a diary he had kept faithfully for morethan five years, eversincehe had rushed ... tookpartin the titanic struggles against theGermans on the Somme andthe charnel house which was the Third Battle of Ypresa€“ always ... Armyin Italy before afinal stint on theWestern Front which culminated inaserious wound andtheaward of the Military Cross for gallantry. ... Yet Ialmost allowedthis exceptional diary to slip through my fingers.


Title:Harry’s War
Author: Harry Drinkwater
Publisher:Random House - 2013-10-31
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