Plough & Scatter - The Diary Journal of a First World War Gunner, by J. Ivor Hanson and Alan Wakefield
Book published by Haynes in 2009, 352 pages. Paperback (N5502PE)
From the rear side cover: J Ivor Hanson, born in Port Talbot in 1898, was a compulsive writer who kept a journal from a very young age until his death at the age of 94. His vivid account of service in the First World War as a signaller with the Royal Field Artillery is published here for the first time. Illustrated with a selection of rare personal photographs, historic images and explanatory maps, Plough & Scatter gives an articulate account of daily life on the Western Front, including detailed descriptions of Hanson's experiences during the German Spring Offensive, when the British Army was almost pushed back to the Channel coast.
His own experiences, the officers and men he served alongside, and the horror and humour of trench life were all subjects of Hanson's intense scrutiny and incisive wit.
Alan Wakefield, a curator at the Imperial War Museum, London, is a historian and published author with a special interest in the First World War. He has edited Hanson's diaries and provides engaging explanatory narratives to set each chapter within its military context.