STAFF OFFICER: THE DIARIES OF WALTER GUINNESS (FIRST LORD MOYNE) 1914-1918.

Bond, Brian (Ed.).


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1st ed., 1987. 256 pp., maps. D.j., 23 x 16cm. FINE. Walter Guinness joined the Suffolk Yeomanry in the Boer War and in World War I he served at Gallipoli, in Egypt and on the Western Front where he was twice awarded the D.S.O. These diaries, written up just after the war from notes made at the time and letters to his wife, are of special interest for the light they throw on both combat and staff work. As a regimental officer with the Suffolk Yeomanry, 10th London and 11th Cheshire Regiments, Guinness took part in some of the most intense fighting of 1915 and 1916; while as a brigade and divisional staff officer in the second half of the war he provides an unusual description of military organization ‘at the sharp end' in both defence and attack. His vivid personal impressions record many of the most dramatic stages of the war, including the final phase of Gallipoli, the last stages of the Somme, Passchendaele, the German breakthrough in March 1918 and the final Allied advance.


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