Pryor, A. & Woods, J. (Eds.).


Pryor Publications, Whitstable, Kent, 1st ed., 1985. Xv + 97 pp., photo-ills., + plans. Laminated covers; 27 x 19cm. Nr.FINE. Uncle Fred’s Diary is remarkable for a number of reasons. Firstly, military regulations forbade soldiers to keep diaries and so relatively few first-hand and immediate impressions by ordinary soldiers have survived. Indeed, his account is fresh and immediate in its absence of literary artifice. Furthermore, Fred served in Egypt and the Near East rather than on the western front and so his remarks and observations are of greater value since they cover a part of the war so little commented on. The closing stages of the diary reveal a state of unrest among British troops and show that after the armistice his officers were amazingly unsure of their position and authority. The portrayal of the relations between officers and men immediately after the ending of hostilities is probably the most important feature of the diary to the historian. With photographs and plans.

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