Diary of a Dead Officer, The by WEST, Arthur Graeme


Published posthumously in 1919, this collection of diary entries presents a scathing picture of army life and is said to be one of the most vivid accounts of daily life in the trenches. It chronicles Wests increasing disillusion with war and his move toward pacifist and atheist beliefs. The final part consists of his powerful war poems, including God, How I Hate You, You Young Cheerful Men, and Night Patrol. West was killed by a sniper in 1917. In view of some of his poems, one wonders if death was not unwelcome. (Introduction adapted from Wikipedia by Ruth Golding)


  • 5 - Part V: Poems

    5 - Part V: Poems

    15/09/2016 Duration: 39min
  • 4 - Part IV: Diary

    4 - Part IV: Diary

    15/09/2016 Duration: 32min
  • 3 - Part III: Diary

    3 - Part III: Diary

    15/09/2016 Duration: 39min
  • 2 - Part II: Diary

    2 - Part II: Diary

    15/09/2016 Duration: 01h08min
  • 1 - Part I: Diary

    1 - Part I: Diary

    15/09/2016 Duration: 28min
  • 0 - Introduction

    0 - Introduction

    15/09/2016 Duration: 15min