1918 Defeat into Victory

Tommy Gunn series: book 5

We left Tommy Gunn at the end of 1917, a disillusioned temporary Lieutenant Colonel, posted to the staff and seeing the war, his country and his life, through a seasoned, cynical veteran’s eyes. The experience of being sent to command his old battalion in the blood and mud of Passchendaele in the autumn of 1917 had made him even more bitter, questioning both the war and the turmoil of his own life, as the year that had started with high hopes degenerated into despair.

Now at the start of 1918 he is a Lieutenant Colonel, appointed to an Army staff and then back by pure chance as Commanding Officer of his beloved soldiers of 4 Foresters. As far as he is concerned, by 1918 the trench war will go on for ever. As more and more of his comrades in arms are killed or maimed, he now sees the war as an endless round of blood, misery and hopelessness.

But in 1918, he and the BEF will face their biggest test so far, as the tides of war sweep Gunn, his comrades and his family, to the dramatic conclusion of what our grandfathers called ‘The Great 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