Sapper Martin: The Secret Great War Diary of Jack Martin (2020)

Sapper Martin: The Secret Great War Diary of Jack Martin Richard van Emden Sapper Martin The Secret Great War Diary of Jack Martin Albert John Jack Martin was a year old clerk at the Admiralty when he was called up to serve in the army in September These diaries written in secret hidden from his colleagues and only disc
  • Title: Sapper Martin: The Secret Great War Diary of Jack Martin
  • Author: Richard van Emden
  • ISBN: 9781408802670
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Hardcover
Sapper Martin: The Secret Great War Diary of Jack Martin Richard van Emden Albert John Jack Martin was a 32 year old clerk at the Admiralty when he was called up to serve in the army in September 1916 These diaries, written in secret, hidden from his colleagues and only discovered by his family after his return home, present the Great War with heartbreaking clarity.
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  1. Ginger Monette

    Wow An EXCELLENT book.In researching for my next book, Darcy s Hope at Donwell Abbey, I chose Sapper Martin as it is one of the few diaries about WWI signalers My internet search for details about communications in the theater of battle, telephone and telegraph, has turned up very little Although Jack Martin reveals surprisingly little about his hours spent in signaling offices on the front, be they in a lice infested dugout or captured German pill box, the book is rich in detail Martin s style [...]

  2. Jan Chlapowski Söderlund

    Mundane writing set in an exceptional era A colourless description of the Great War A soldier manages to record his actions and thoughts throughout the time he takes part in the conflict Unfortunately I found no sympathy at all for the author Rather inane, myopic and concentrated on either eating, scrounging for food or being petty To me, it confirms an observation made by George Orwell in his book 1984 in moments of crisis, one is never fighting an external enemy, but always against one s own b [...]

  3. Ruth

    c2009 This was a recommendation from The Times and the write up was intriguing It was a very special read The absolute horror of the First World War is described in a very matter of fact way tempered by brief mentions of his comrades in arms A lot of the diary is taken up with mentions of the weather and general day to day life in the trenches It is different to any other type of book that I have read about the First World War and it really re inforces my belief that humans are able to get used [...]

  4. Loraine

    What was notable for me was the long stretches where Jack does not write Then his next entry will say something about soul destroying horror He has had to pick up his morale, or his strength, before again picking up his pen From his tone and from a single sentence we can learn so much about his experience For example it is generally true that after passing through a period of suffering we remember the little bits of pleasure which attended it than the suffering itself There are other phrases an [...]

  5. Avril

    I really enjoyed it, finishing a book in a few days is always a good sign An articulate other ranks view of life in the trenches of the western front and a short interlude in Italy Richard Van Emden after a good introduction used a light touch on the rest of the book, only adding occasional clarification to put Albert s narrative in the context of wider events where Albert hadn t done that himself.Would recommend to anyone interested in the WWI.

  6. Daniel Kukwa

    As a first person account of war, it s outstanding and the eloquence of the author is quite amazing for a man who didn t go to university at that time My only complaints are 1 later battle entries tend to blur together for me in my mind, and 2 I would have loved to read descriptions of life while on leavebut these are minor quibbles.

  7. Rod

    Being a bit of a WW2 aficionado this was a departure for me, back to WW1 Glad I did, as this excellent book gave a great insight into an ordinary, but intelligent man s war The book left you feeling that this was a man you would have been pleased to call a friend It also reinforced the fact that survival is so often a matter of luck.

  8. Stephen

    very interesting book highlighting the actual diary of a solider in the great war and you get to feel how they felt and what was happening and how the reality pushed a man to his limits

  9. Sue Robinson

    A compelling first hand account of life in the trenches from the perspective of a signaller in the First World War Well worth reading.

  10. Kazimiera pendrey

    this was one of the best first world war memoirs that i have ever read i would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of historical memoirs

  11. Rose

    Unique document as WWI soldiers were forbidden to keep diaries Also special because it covers the Royal Engineers Interesting and fresh A few pictures.

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