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Harry's War: The Great War Diary of Harry Drinkwater

Wednesday, June 20, 2018: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Venue: The Filson Historical Society

Add To Calendar   20/06/2018 12:00:00 20/06/2018 13:00:00 America/Anguilla Harry's War: The Great War Diary of Harry Drinkwater Wednesday, June 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Author Jon Cooksey will give a presentation on Harry's War: The Great War Diary of Harry Drinkwater. Sponsored by the Inman Group at UBS Financial Services. The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South 3rd Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40208 The Filson Historical Society info@filsonhistorical.org false DD/MM/YYYY


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Harold Drinkwater was not supposed to go to war. He was told he was half an inch too short. But, determined to fight for king and country, he found a battalion that would take him and was soon on his way to the trenches of the Somme. As the war dragged on, Harry saw most of the men he joined up with killed around him. But, somehow, he survived. Soldiers were forbidden from keeping a diary so Harry wrote his in secret, recording the horrendous conditions and constant fear, as well as his pleasure at receiving his officer's commission, the joy of his men when they escaped the trenches for the Italian Front and the trench raid for which he was awarded the Military Cross.  Harry writes with such immediacy it is easy to forget that a hundred years have passed. He is by turns wry, exhausted, annoyed, resigned and often amazed to be alive. Never before published, Harry's War is a moving testament to one man's struggle to keep his humanity in the face of unimaginable violence. Jon Cooksey is a leading military historian, editor of Stand To! magazine and author of over 20 titles. His work has appeared in military magazines and national newspapers, and on television and radio. This event is sponsored by The Inman Group at UBS Financial Services.
Harry's War: The Great War Diary of Harry Drinkwater

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