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Drawing Fire: The Diary Of A Great War Soldier And Artist

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A vivid and powerful diary of life in the trenches The horrors of war in the trenches are brought to life with a rare immediacy and power through the diary of soldier and artist Len Smith. Enduring battles such as those at Loos and Vimy Ridge, Len survives with a mixture of whimsical humour, bravery and sheer good luck. Len enlisted as an infantryman in the City of London ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published 2009 by Collins Publishers
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Justin
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding first-hand account of the Western Front in the First World War. I was struck and frequently astonished by so many things, including going over the top at Loos in 1915, or being on the receiving end of German attacks (the explosion of 12 German mines under his trenches are one of his "hottest" moments). I found his accounts of daily routine, including out of the trenches, particularly fascinating. However, I was most astonished by his positive attitude: he goes through hell and yet ...more
Howard white
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love military history and realize that 99% of you DON'T but if you are one of the few who may ,
I must recommend this non-fiction diary of an English boy who finds himself in the front
line trenches of France in world war One. His first person observations kept in his
diary are graphic as he loses his friends but not his sense of duty to The Empire.Recommended.
Cosey
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Bang!! Came the war, and for millions everything changed overnight." Prachtig dagboek van een kunstenaar tijdens '14-18 dat al je first world problems eventjes doet vergeten.
Joimson
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A truly incredible first-hand description of world war one by a soldier who also happened to be a talented artist. His diary was written on scraps of paper and hidden, as keeping a journal was forbidden, no doubt because the conditions were so dreadfully in-humane. Lens talent as an artist was respected by the higher ranks and his comrades as way to keep up morale. However after utilising his powers of observation to become a sniper he eventually found himself working-up detailed drawings for ca ...more
Terri D
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very interesting to read of the war as it was happening, though I understand Len Smith would have been in awful trouble if his diary had been found. He was able to document parts of his accounts with his illustrations as well as use his gifting for the benefit of the allied troops as he observed and drew the enemy lines.
Have been wanting to read this book for some time (I have a 'thing' for diaries) and it did not disappoint.
Kay
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book. Len Smith's descriptions of his war service give a clear impression of what life was like for an "ordinary" soldier in the First World War. However, he wasn't ordinary, he was an amazing artist and his sketches and caricatures of the landscape and people he encountered add immeasurably to the text.
Steelwhisper
Absolutely great! I am speechless. Wonderful!
Helen Elgin
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, personal account of an ordinary soldier's experience of the Front - with an incredible talent for drawing and painting. Loved it.
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