A Gunner's Great War

An Artilleryman's Experience from the Somme to the Subcontinent
Product Number: EB00755324
Released: Mar 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781783461325
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
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"A graphic and moving account of an artilleryman's experience on the Western Front. An interesting book for those who like artillery and WWI" (English Heritage). If the First World War had not happened when it did, Channel Islander Clarence Ahier would almost certainly have led a mostly unremarkable life. But it did, and in October 1915, at just twenty-three-years-old, Clarence left his home and volunteered to join the British Army. He would spend the next two and half years serving as an artilleryman on the Western Front. Now this in itself is not remarkable-millions of other young men did the same thing. But Clarence did do something that set him apart from almost all his contemporaries: from the very beginning of his time at the front, he kept a meticulously written journal. Having lain unnoticed for years, the journal was recently discovered in a collection of dusty ephemera handed to a local history society. It consists of around twenty-five thousand words with a focus on Clarence's experience during the Battle of the Somme, in the fighting around Ypres, and, after he was wounded for the second time, the journey to India and his time there as a member of the garrison. Additional explanatory text by Ian Ronayne puts Clarence's experiences in the context of the wider war that would transform him-and the world. "A very useful introduction to the Great War . . . An excellent read." -War History Online

Author(s): Ian Ronayne
Original Publish Date: Sep 19, 2012

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