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Guns, Kites and Horses Sir Sydney Giffard

Guns, Kites and Horses von Sir Sydney Giffard

Guns, Kites and Horses Sir Sydney Giffard


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Zusammenfassung

The diaries kept by three of the six Giffard brothers who fought in the Great War are a vivid record of service on the Western Front in World War I. Jack Giffard served in the Royal Horse Artillery, Eddie Giffard was a Field Gunner and Walter Giffard served in balloons in the Royal Flying Corps.

Guns, Kites and Horses Zusammenfassung

Guns, Kites and Horses: Three Diaries from the Western Front Sir Sydney Giffard

The personal diaries kept by three of the six Giffard brothers who fought in the Great War (three of them as Horse Gunners), provide a vivid record of service on the Western Front in World War I and stand witness to a lost generation through which the war cut its huge and deadly swathe. Jack Giffard served in the Royal Horse Artillery and was in the famous retreat from Mons. He was briefly captured and wounded and was the only officer to survive the great battle at Nery. Eddie Giffard was a Field Gunner supporting the Guards Division, rose to be Battery Commander and was killed shortly before the Armistice. Walter Giffard served in balloons in the Royal Flying Corps - a dangerous and often under-valued aspect of the war. This memoir conveys a striking and immediate sense of what it was really like - from everyday details, to boredom, intense danger, wounds and even death. There is a matter-of-factness about the entries but still a tender concern for suffering - comrades and their horses. The comments of the balloonist brother, Walter, combine a lightness of touch with a sense of history, as when he watches the great German offensive in the Spring of 1918: the most colossal battle, both in magnitude and importance, that the world has ever seen.

Guns, Kites and Horses Bewertungen

[Guns, Kites, and Horses]is an effective product of the current interest in primary sources. It can be recommended for those interested in service on the Western Front...The integrity and quality of the three Giffard brothers whose diaries are reproduced emerges clearly. Professor Jeremy Black, University of Exeter The book is more than a family story for the entries provide a striking and immediate sense of what the First World War was like. -The Guards Magazine I had been looking forward to reading this book since I was present at its genesis some years ago. I was not disappointed; it is everything that a source history should be... the diaries are supported by an excellent introduction...are liberally annotated...(and) there is a comprehensive index... Sydney Giffard has assembled these diaries in one volume, explained the background in knowledgeable terms and provided all the ancillary notes needed... -Brigadier D F Ryan OBE, Journal of the Royal Artillery

Über Sir Sydney Giffard

Sydney Giffard, decendant of the diarists, served in HM Diplomatic Service and was HM Ambassador to Japan and Switzerland during the 1980s. He is an Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. Other publications by this author include 'Japan Among the Powers 1890-1990' (Yale 1994)

Inhaltsverzeichnis

List of Illustrations vi Some Acronyms and Abbreviations viii Foreword by Professor Richard Holmes xii 1. Introduction 1 Jack Giffard 1 Eddie Giffard 10 Walter Giffard 21 Background 27 Editorial 33 2. Jack Giffard's Diary 41 3. Eddie's Diary: The First Notebook 63 4. Eddie's Diary: The Second Notebook 79 Return to Front after First Leave 79 Second Return from Leave 89 5. Eddie's Diary: The Third Notebook 102 6. Eddie's Diary: The Fourth Notebook 135 Fourth Return from Leave 135 7. Eddie's Diary: The Fifth Notebook 170 E. H. Giffard C/75 RFA 170 8. W. E. Giffard's Diaries: The First Notebook 196 9. W. E. Giffard's Diaries: The Second Notebook 217 Appendix: Sydney Giffard's Letter from Gallipoli 230 Notes 233 Index 257

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GOR004231666
9781860649066
1860649068
Guns, Kites and Horses: Three Diaries from the Western Front Sir Sydney Giffard
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