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'Padre McShane says the reason I was not given a Brigade was for being so outspoken at Loos. He said that if that were so, I wear the invisible cross of military glory.'
Colonel Graham Chaplin, commander of 1st Cameronians, wrote to his new wife from the trenches almost daily. These personal and loving letters give a rare insight into the mind of a serving officer, his concern for the progress of the war and his anxiety at the growing list of friends dead or wounded.
Most startling of all, these letters reveal the truth of why it was that a commander endorsed by so many of his fellow officers, and respected and trusted by his men, wasn't promoted out of the trenches until September 1917 - making him the Western Front's longest serving frontline infantry officer.
Andrew Davidson, author of the highly praised Fred's War, analyses Chaplin's unique status and his brush with literary and military greatness - Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and Bernard Montgomery fought alongside him - weaving around his letters the remarkable and untold story of a soldier's life.
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