Glimpses of War


FROM THE team at the British Modern Military History Society, this book is packed with compelling recollections of life during conflicts ranging from before and during World War One until today.

Heroes of note in Part One include Londoner Samuel Owen, who served in South Africa with the 2nd battalion of the East Kent Regiment during the Boer War from 1899- 1902. During a particularly horrific battle near Bloemfontein, Owen was wounded. He was about to be ‘finished off ’ when his would-be assailant recognised him as a neighbour from the same street and spared him. The story is told by Steve Oliver; Owen was his great-grandmother’s brother.

Jim Mockford, an American contributor to the book, visited World War One battlefields in France in 2016 and reveals the stories of his two English great-uncles Jack and Herbert Mockford, who served on the Somme one hundred years before. Herbert was killed near Leuze Wood on September 16, 1916. Jack survived, but bore the debilitating consequences of shell shock for the rest of his life.

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