Neil Weir died in 1967, but it was not until 2009 that his grandson, Mike Burns, discovered his diary among some boxes he had been left, and learnt that his grandfather had served as an officer in the 10th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlander throughout the First World War, seeing action at Loos, the Somme and Vimy Ridge, as well as in staff and training posts. It ends with his work at the War Office during the Russian Civil War of 1919 - 20. In the diary, and the accompanying letters which have been collected from various members of the Weir family, we hear the authentic voice of a First World War soldier and get an insight into his experiences on the Western Front and elsewhere. Edited and with introductory text by Saul David, this book is one of the most fascinating accounts ever published of the First World War as experienced by the men who fought it.
SAUL DAVID is Professor of War Studies at the University of Buckingham and the author of several critically acclaimed history books, including Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879, Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire and All The King's Men: The British Soldier from the Restoration to Waterloo. In 2012 he presented 'Bullets, Boots and Bandages', a three-part TV series for BBC4 on the history of military logistics.