DRAWING FIRE : THE DIARY OF A GREAT WAR SOLDIER AND ARTIST.

Smith, Private Len.


£25.00




1st ed., 2009. 383 pp., photo-ills., + numerous cold., ills. D.j., 25 x 15cm. FINE. The author joined the City of London Regiment on his 23rd birthday in September 1914 and fought in some of the bloodiest battles of the First World War – at Loos and Vimy Ridge – before being drafted as an observer and becoming an accredited War Artist. After a severe bout of trench fever he was transferred to the Royal Engineers Special Branch where he worked on various camouflage devices. The horrors of war in the trenches are brought to life with a rare immediacy and power through his diary which is beautifully peppered with colour sketches of the people and places he encountered. An attractive publication.


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