Two good reasons for buying this book, its a cracking read and the proceeds go to ‘Walking With The Wounded’. This is a sensitively edited collection of diaries providing many new insights – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Churchill's Colonel, The War Diaries of Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Barne FILE: R3073 AUTHOR: Anthony Barne, editor Charles Barne PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Churchill, Royal Dragoons, 4th Hussars, Middle East, Palestine, Egypt, Italy, desert, tactics, armour
PAGES: 323 IMAGE: B3073.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/yh8eq8aq LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Two good reasons for buying this book, its a cracking read and the proceeds go to 'Walking With The Wounded'. This is a sensitively edited collection of diaries providing many new insights – Very Highly Recommended. The diaries kept by Anthony Barne provide many fresh insights into the Second World War in the Middle East and Italy. The text is very readable and offers some graphic comment, supported by a photo plate section with original and unpublished photographs from the war, including Churchill. A back ground shared with many an officer of the time, especially in mounted regiments, of a rural upbringing. The family had occupied Sotterley Hall in rural Suffolk since 1744. Privately educated, Barne met several interesting people, and some irritating, at prep school, including Benjamin Britten, who was to become one of the most notable composers of his generation, and, at Marlborough College, future Poet Laureate John Betjaman who famously suggested “come friendly bomb and fall on Slough”. As a young officer in 1939, Barne was stationed in Palestine and spent much of the war in the Middle East and North Africa, before serving in the Italian campaigns. His diaries were maintained day by day, often under difficult conditions and they indicate his changing moods as battle unfolded. The writing style is warm and often witty taking a voice of the times which today is in itself insightful. This is one of those first hand accounts of history that should be read.