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From the Front Line (Hardback)

Family Letters & Diaries: 1900 to the Falklands & Afghanistan

Military Biography

By Lieutenant General Sir Hew Pike KCB DSO MBE
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781844158126
Published: 11th November 2008
Last Released: 3rd November 2008

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From the Frontline is an extraordinary record of a family's military service over the last 100 years. Thanks to careful editing, each individual tells his story through letters and diaries which capture the military scene and reflect family ties that bind them all closely. The eight family members served in South Africa, West Africa, Korea, Aden, the Falklands and Afghanistan as well as both World Wars. Two lost their lives and others were wounded. Three became generals, many were decorated. Their records may span a century when warfare changed greatly. Yet the tone of the letters remains surprisingly constant reflecting confidence in their fellows, a pride in service to Crown and Country, love of family and understatement of the dangers. Being thinking men, their views on the conduct of operations is sometimes critical as are their opinions of their leaders. This collection is highly unusual and totally enthralling.

'The most outstanding book of its sort to come into my hands'.
'I would recommend it to anyone....'
'Reading these letters and diaries, I shed tears of compassion, admiration and pride.'

David Edelston, The Field
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