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Love, Tommy: War Letters from the Frontline 1914-2010

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A legacy of an empire and a nation at war, Love Tommy, is a collection of letters housed at the Imperial War Museum sent by British and Commonwealth troops from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa from the frontline of war to their loved ones at home. Poignant expressions of love, hope and fear sit alongside amusing anecdotes, grumbles about rations and thought ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Osprey Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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It’s always sobering to read accounts of war. I’ve never been good at understanding the political reasoning or military strategy that lies at the back of every battle, every advance and every retreat. But I’ve always been interested in the personal stories, in the individual soldiers who fought these battles and lived (or didn’t) through the horrors and the blood.

Would they never stop, everywhere there was flying and falling shrapnel, whizzing stones and whirr of machine gun bullets, and above
Ming Siu
The letters from the first and second World Wars are the most affecting, since a large proportion of those writers didn't survive, and the conditions they faced were very much worse than those of the later servicemen. I suppose what comes through strongest for me is how utterly pointless war is, and how much it robs people of.
Rachael Mills
A thought-provoking book featuring some poignant letters.
Steve Markham
Wonderful stuff.
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Dr Andrew Roberts, who was born in 1963, took a first class honours degree in Modern History at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, from where he is an honorary senior scholar and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). He has written or edited twelve books, and appears regularly on radio and television around the world. Based in New York, he is an accomplished public speaker, and is represented by Har ...more
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