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In "An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkins Lloyd Jones, readers are granted a rare and intimate glimpse into the mind and experiences of a man at the forefront of the Great War. Jones, an artilleryman, takes us on a deeply personal journey through his diary entries, chronicling the horrors, triumphs, and gut-wrenching emotions that encompassed his life on the battlefield.

From the onset, the author's writing style captivates readers, effortlessly weaving together descriptive prose and raw emotions. Jones vividly paints scenes of trench warfare, transporting readers to the muddy, blood-soaked battlefields where he and his comrades fought daily for survival. His attention to detail is commendable, providing a gripping and realistic portrayal of the challenges faced by those on the front lines.

What sets "An Artilleryman's Diary" apart is the emotional depth and vulnerability found within its pages. Jones bares his soul, exposing his innermost fears, doubts, and sorrows. Through his words, readers can feel the weight of the soldier's burden, the constant fear and uncertainty that consumed their thoughts. Jones expertly conveys the psychological toll of war, making it impossible for readers to remain indifferent to the struggles faced by those who served.

In addition to the personal narrative, the book offers valuable insights into the broader aspects of the war. Jones analyzes the tactical aspects of artillery maneuvers, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the role artillery played in this global conflict. Moreover, his thoughts on the impact of war on society at large deliver a thought-provoking commentary, addressing the broader implications and consequences.

While the book is primarily a diary, it also serves as a contemplative reflection on the nature of humanity and the futility of war. Jones beautifully articulates the absurdity of conflict, never shying away from expressing his disdain for the senseless loss of life. His words carry a profound resonance that will resonate with readers from all walks of life, reminding us of the importance of peace and understanding.

If there is any criticism to be made, it is that at times, the diary entries may feel fragmented, lacking a cohesive timeline. However, this flaw does little to detract from the overall power and impact of the book. In fact, the fragmented nature of the diary entries only reinforces the disorientating and chaotic atmosphere of war, enhancing the authenticity of Jones' account.

In conclusion, "An Artilleryman's Diary" is an unforgettable and haunting account of one man's experiences during the Great War. Jones' honest and poignant prose, coupled with his insightful observations, make this book a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the human experience amidst the horrors of war. It serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by those who fight for their country.

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AN ARTILLERYMAN'S DIARY

[Illustration: Jenkin Lloyd Jones]

Wisconsin History Commission: Original Papers, No. 8

AN ARTILLERYMAN'S DIARY

BY JENKIN LLOYD JONES

Private Sixth Wisconsin Battery

WISCONSIN HISTORY COMMISSION FEBRUARY, 1914

TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED COPIES PRINTED

Copyright, 1914 The Wisconsin History Commission (in behalf of the State of Wisconsin)

Opinions or errors of fact on the part of the respective authors of the Commission's publications (whether Reprints or Original Narratives) have not been modified or corrected by the Commission. For all statements, of whatever character, the Author alone is responsible.

DEMOCRAT PRINTING CO., STATE PRINTER

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WISCONSIN HISTORY COMMISSION ix

AUTHOR'S PREFACE xi

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