‘This diary of a few months in the life of a young officer on the Western Front in 1917 deserves to rank close behind Graves, Owen, Sassoon, among the most brilliant and harrowing documents of that devastating period.’ Max Hastings
Some Desperate Glory charts the progress of an enthusiastic and patriotic young officer who marched into battle with Palgrave’s Golden Treasury in his pack. Intensely honest and revealing, his diary evokes the day-to-day minutiae of trench warfare: its constant dangers and mind-numbing routine interspersed with lyrical and sometimes comic interludes. Vividly capturing the spirit of the officers and men at the front, the diary grows in horror and disillusionment as Vaughan’s company is drawn into the carnage of Passchendaele from which, of his original ‘happy little band’ of 90 men, only 15 survived.
Edwin Stephen Campion Vaughan MC (1897-1931) served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment on the Western Front during the Great War. He fought at Passchendaele during the Third Battle of Ypres and kept a vivid record of his experiences. Later in the war he served in Italy, then again on the Western Front. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1918.
This true account of Edwin Campion Vaughan's time serving in the army in the First World War is a revelation. It contains all the moving insights you would expect to find from a Great War... [read full review]John (Customer Review)
Some desperate glory is exactly that, one man's journey into the hell of a desperate and catastrophic War. The diary of Edwin Campion Vaughan begins on a train from Waterloo surrounded by happy excited faces... [read full review]Susan (Customer Review)
The author Edwin Campion Vaughan fought on the Western Front during the Great War, he kept a record of day to day experiences in the trenches during this time, this book is his account of... [read full review]Kate (Customer Review)
"Some Desperate Glory:The Diary of a Young Officer, 1917" is, as the title suggests, the diary of Edwin Campion Vaughan, who served as an officer in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment enduring the mud and filth... [read full review]Paul (Customer Review)
An officer's diary hidden away for 40 years reveals the horrors of World War One in harrowing detail.
Captain Edward Vaughan was 20 when he noted in his journal how 15 out of 90 troops... [read full review]The Sun newspaper
Edwin Vaughan served with The Royal Warwickshire Regiment during the Great War and this intensely personal account of his experiences illustrates that, despite the technological advances made to the intervening 82 years, at the human... [read full review]Soldier Magazine, November 2010
Edwin Vaughan had an highly eventful military career; serving in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment on the Western Front as well as in Italy during the Great War and subsequently being awarded the Military cross... [read full review]Lisa
This diary covers the period from January to August 1917, from its author's arrival in France for the first time to his participation in the Third Battle of Ypres in August of the same year.... [read full review]History of War
This is another reprint of a Great War 'classic' by Pen & Sword. Among my favorite memoirs of the war, this version also includes an introduction by the late military historian John Terraine. Well, not... [read full review]Chris Baker, 1914-1918.net
An absolute must-have book for all readers!
This diary from a young officer who served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in the Western Front provides a vivid and very personal account over eight... [read full review]M Marsay- The Great War, Issue 51
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