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Matt Johnson Book review – Shell shock; The Diary of Tommy Atkins
For everyone who loves Cornwall's rock pools. Information about great beaches, marine wildlife and conservation. Search for:. Rudyard Kipling OC of the Royal Irish Regiment, Tim Collins gave a speech to his soldiers before the Iraq war which is often quoted and used as an example of how to deliver an inspirational speech.
This is an excerpt. We go to Iraq to liberate not to conquer.
We will not fly our flags in their country. We are entering Iraq to free a people and the only flag which will be flown in that ancient land is their own. Show respect for them.
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There are some who are alive at this moment who will not be alive shortly. Those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send. As for the others I expect you to rock their world. Wipe them out if that is what they choose. But if you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory. The ones who wish to fight, well, we aim to please.
It stirred up emotions, made me laugh, made me cry. I had to put it down a couple of times as I found my emotional reaction overwhelming. It takes the form of a diary, written by the anonymous soldier and edited by the author. You join Tommy Atkins just as he leaves the Army. He is receiving treatment for Post Traumatic Stress and he writes of his experiences with the Health Service and his family as he struggles to cope with his worsening condition.
Tommy goes home to his bickering parents and to a girlfriend, Shell, who adores him and is glad to have him back. Welcome to Loot. Checkout Your Cart Price. Description Details Customer Reviews This short, diary-style novel, by a British army veteran chronicles the difficulties faced by Tommy, a year-old squaddie, as he desperately tries to conquer post traumatic stress disorder PTSD - shell shock.
His over-emotional responses to the stresses of everyday life - post-office queues, a trip to Ikea, and his relationship with his family and girlfriend - eventually lead to alienation and suicidal urges.
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Need help? Partners MySchool Discovery. Edition 1. Subjects Soldiers -- Great Britain -- Fiction. Great Britain. Summary This short, diary-style novel, by a British army veteran chronicles the difficulties faced by Tommy, a year-old squaddie, as he desperately tries to conquer post traumatic stress disorder PTSD - shell shock.
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His over-emotional responses to the stresses of everyday life - post-office queues, a trip to Ikea, and his relationship with his family and girlfriend - eventually lead to alienation and suicidal urges. Told in the vernacular, with humour and personal understanding, the story highl Notes Description based upon print version of record. ProQuest Ebook Central Rental. Other Form Print version Blower, Neil.
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