Tim's Wars: The Psychology of War & Peace Through One Man's Eyes
This book tells Tim Elliott's story from 1912 to 1940. He served as a Rifleman from 1914 to 1919 recording his experiences in a daily diary. On the first day of the Battle of the Somme he wrote "we took three German lines, but retired in th afternoon, or rather the few of us who were left did."
The diaries have been edited and explained by his son-in-law Robin Gregory. Tim never missed a day in recording his diary although his comments are often brief and almost telegraphic. In some ways his the later post-war entries when he has more time to reflect and comment provide a greater insight but for a record of what a serving soldier did and had done to him on a day-to-day basis this is a valuable document.
Tim's Wars has been chosen as his Book of the Year by Keith Hindell, former BBC United Nations Correspondent.