Born into a military family (his father General Congreve had also won the VC) he became a regular soldier in the Rifle Brigade before the war, and in France became a staff officer, but one who chose to be in the front line as often as he could. This makes his remarkable diaries all the more valuable since he writes from the thick of the fighting and yet retains an objectivity that enables him to observe all that is going on around him both in the trenches and at headquarters.
Terry Norman carefully edited the diary to set his story in the context of the war, and thus provide an exceptional picture of what an officer thought of the conduct of the war side by side with his personal grief at the loss of his friends and the wastage of human life.
Out of print for over 30 years, this special centenary edition of this classic work includes a new foreword from esteemed military author Nigel Cave, as well as an expanded introduction from Terry’s widow, Joan and a newly designed plate section. Detailing the extraordinary exploits of a truly remarkable man during the first two years of the war, this book is a compulsive purchase for all fans of the period.
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|Publisher:||Pen and Sword|
|Edition description:||Revised ed.|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
Table of Contents
Introduction to 2014 Edition 5
List of Sketch Maps and Diagrams 9
1 Tipperary - A Long Way to Go 17
2 On Divisional Staff 31
3 The Crunch at Neuve Chapelle 48
4 Ypres Salient 70
5 Entrenchment of Trench Warfare 86
6 Spring Offensive and St Eloi 108
7 Gas and 'Second Ypres' 126
8 Again the Salient 139
9 Brigade-Major 173
10 Journey's End 183