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Into Battle: A Soldier's Diary of the Great War John Glubb

Into Battle: A Soldier's Diary of the Great War - John Glubb

London: Cassell, 1978, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block.

Includes: Line drawings; Maps;

From the cover: “Lieutenant-General Sir John Glubb KCB, CMG, DSO, OBE, MC, the famous ‘Glubb Pasha’, Commander of the Arab Legion, has gone back to the start of his military career and published the diary he kept as an officer in the Great War. On 24 November 1915 2nd-Lieutenant John Glubb left for France at the age of 18 to join the 7th Field Company, Royal Engineers, in the Ypres Salient. A regular soldier, he was to serve at Ypres, on the Somme, at Arras and Cambrai, for long periods commanding his company, until the night of 21 August 1917 when he was terribly wounded by a German shell. He survived and, after nearly a year of hospitals and convalescence, re-joined his old unit in July 1918 to share the final victory of the British Army on the Western Front.

This is the diary of those years. For the military historian it is of prime importance as the narrative of a professional soldier destined for high military command and, however far in the future, of the historian of the very different Arab world. Both these latent qualities increase the value of the diary as an historical document.

But it is rather more than this: it is also intensely human. The young subaltern’s simple prose which catches and intensifies the horrors — the wounds, the dying, the old corpses, the stench, dirt, ruin and desolation of the battle-zone — is as sensitive to the contrasting, and deeply felt, natural beauty of woods and fields and wild-life, to the undamaged, inhabited towns and villages with their bustle of life behind the lines.

The diary enables its readers to share the sufferings, the fortitude, the heroism and the final triumph of the indomitable British soldier on the Western Front.”


Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 223 pages.
£12.50
Into Battle: A Soldier's Diary of the Great War John Glubb