From the Frontline
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. One lost his life and others were wounded. Two 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. AUTHOR Lieutenant General Sir Hew Pike KCB, DSO, MBE commanded 3 PARA in the Falklands and went on to hold numerous key operational appointments in Northern Ireland, and the Balkans. After retiring from the Army he ran the GAP Youth Leadership organization. He lives near Farnham, Surrey. 16 pages of b/w plates
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