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Guns, kites and horses : three diaries from the Western Front
Giffard, Jack, 1884-1956.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : The Radcliffe Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xiv, 272 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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D811.A2 G54 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Three diaries from three brothers provide a unique and vivid record of service on the Western Front in World War I and typify the lost generation through which the War cut. These diaries convey a striking and immediate sense of what the Western Front was really like--from the boredom to the intense danger of life in the War. They exhibit a tender concern for suffering, while providing the reader with a graphic historical sense of this time. This is both a moving family story and an invaluable cultural and social history.

Author Notes

Sydney Giffard is a career diplomat who was Ambassador to Japan and Switzerland.

Table of Contents

Professor Richard Holmes
List of Illustrationsp. vi
Some Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. viii
Forewordp. xii
1. Introductionp. 1
Jack Giffardp. 1
Eddie Giffardp. 10
Walter Giffardp. 21
Backgroundp. 27
Editorialp. 33
2. Jack Giffard's Diaryp. 41
3. Eddie's Diary: The First Notebookp. 63
4. Eddie's Diary: The Second Notebookp. 79
Return to Front after First Leavep. 79
Second Return from Leavep. 89
5. Eddie's Diary: The Third Notebookp. 102
6. Eddie's Diary: The Fourth Notebookp. 135
Fourth Return from Leavep. 135
7. Eddie's Diary: The Fifth Notebookp. 170
E. H. Giffard C/75 RFAp. 170
8. W. E. Giffard's Diaries: The First Notebookp. 196
9. W. E. Giffard's Diaries: The Second Notebookp. 217
Appendix Sydney Giffard's Letter from Gallipolip. 230
Notesp. 233
Indexp. 257