Love, Tommy

Love, Tommy

Letters Home, from the Great War to the Present Day

General Military
  • Author: Andrew Roberts, The Imperial War Museum
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 20 Sep 2012
  • Number of Pages: 272
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Over the last 100 years the Imperial War Museum has been gathering together a collection of tens of thousands of letters and archives from British and Commonwealth troops serving on the front line, in conflicts from the First World War through to the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Revealing the most intimate details of the lives of these soldiers, this collection uncovers the startling similarities between the men fighting in the muddy trenches of the Somme, yomping across the frozen ground of the Falklands and carefully picking their way through the heat and dust of Afghan wadis. Love, Tommy is a selection of some of the most emotive of these letters. Correspondence which includes poignant expressions of love, hope and fear sit alongside amusing anecdotes, grumbles about rations and thoughtful reflections, all of which reveal how, despite the passage of time, many experiences of fighting men are shared in countless wars and battles.

Biographical Note

Andrew Roberts is the author of Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900. His other books include Napoleon and Wellington, Eminent Chuchillians and Salisbury. His latest book, The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War won the British Army Military Book of the Year for 2010. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a PhD in History from Cambridge University and lives in New York City. IWM (Imperial War Museums) tells the stories of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since 1914. Our unique collections reveal stories of people, places, ideas and events. IWMs five branches are IWM London, IWM's flagship branch; IWM North; IWM Duxford; Churchill War Rooms; and the Second World War cruiser HMS Belfast.


World War I
World War II
The Falklands
Gulf War 1991
Iraq and Afghanistan

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