Tommy Gunn series: book 3
We first met TOM Gunn, a young infantry lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters, just back on leave from India as Europe catches ablaze in the chaotic summer of 1914.
He joined the 4th battalion of the Sherwood Foresters, a hastily formed mixed battalion of reservists, regular and territorial soldiers. The young platoon commander found himself pitchforked into the mayhem of the Battles of the Marne, the Aisne and then the drawn-out agony of Ypres as the high hopes of summer sank into the frozen trenches of the winter of 1914.
Then in 1915 the War Office sent the newly promoted young captain to the Mediterranean as a staff officer on the ill-fated Gallipoli expedition, a venture that ended with him repatriated to England as a medical casualty. Thaddeus Gunn ended the year as a company commander fighting for his life in the bloody chaos and slaughter of Loos; a battle that ended with his promotion.
Now in 1916 his whole world is turned upside down as his regiment is engulfed by the long drawn out slaughter of the Somme, while back home his family and friends struggle when their world changes forever as young lives are wrecked by the pressures of war.
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‘Fantastic detail. He really captures the mood both on the home front and as the troops go into battle. A really authentic piece of work.’ Nick Gordon, award-winning journalist and ex-deputy editor: Daily Mail
‘If Hughes-Wilson finishes this sequence of novels it will be an unique achievement’ Rick Gekoski, Chair of Judges for the 2011 Man Booker International Prize, author and rare book dealer
‘If you enjoyed Flashman and Sharpe, you will love Tommy Gunn.’ International Guild of Battlefield Guides
‘These gripping novels have the triple advantage of being superbly written, true to life down to the last military detail, and very exciting.’ Professor Andrew Roberts, author, historian and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
‘From the moment in this remarkable series of novels that we meet young infantry officer Thaddeus Gunn fighting in the heat and dust of the North-West Frontier in 1913, his tale fairly rattles along, like a well-oiled Vickers machine-gun. It sweeps us out on a rip-roaring tide to Ypres, the shores of Gallipoli then back into the charnel houses of the Somme and Passchendaele, before pitching us alongside him to fight the final hectic battles of 1918. This is a unique story about a very human and sympathetic character, worthy of being described as ‘the Sharpe of the Great War. The volumes I have read are hugely enjoyable page turners, to be sure, with a real whiff of cordite.’ Jon Cooksey, World War I historian, TV presenter, military historian and author of The Barnsley Pals, Harry’s War, The Western Front – Blood and Iron in Battlefields Review