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Dodd, Lieutenant Colonel R.G.B. Jeffreys. Dodd, Conor & Liam (Editors). Lieutenant Colonel R.G.B. Jeffreys. 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Collected Letters 1916-1918. Ireland, Old Tough Publications, 2007. 14,5 cm x 20,5 cm. 83 pages. Original Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Frontcover slightly dogeared to bottom.

The letters of Lieutenant Colonel R.G.B. Jeffreys are a rare and important primary source. This book contains the First World War experiences of an officer of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Few accounts such as this were written by men of the regiment and even fewer have survived. Although the letters must be looked at objectively and with an understanding that they are from the point of view of an upper class officer, they do give an excellent insight not only into the major battles of the Great War, which tends to be the focus of most publications, but also everyday life in the trenches and billets of the Western Front. These letters written to his wife during his period at the front between 1916 and 1918 have much information contained within them, that will give a better understanding of not only the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the Great War but also of most other regiments which were involved in the conflict. With the passing of Great War veterans, it is important that accounts such as this are preserved, as these are the only way in which the history of the war can be told properly through the words of the men who were there and experienced the futility of war. It is for these reasons that this diary is being published, not only for aiding historians and family researchers of the Great War but also for those who simply wish to gain a better understanding and insight into this important period. (Editors).

Keywords: Irish Military History, Royal Dublin Fusiliers

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