"The Diary of a Soldier" recounts the World War I experiences of U.S. Army Sergeant Major L. Louis Lee from the day of his embarkation to France in April 1918 to the day his troop ship docked in New York the following February.
Alternately inspiring, introspective, droll, and chilling, the Diary was written in a time and place far from the 21st century. Patriotism was more innocent. Communication with supporters at home could take weeks or months. Daily life was elemental.
Yet common themes in the Diary bind the World War I years to today: the horror of war, the way soldiers cope with severe physical and mental stress, and the anchor provided by home, family and friends. The Diary of a Soldier offers a unique portrayal of one man's daily experiences in his era's "war to end all wars."