Books: Thomas Atkins

OLD SOLDIER SAHIB — Private Frank Richards—Smith & Haas* ($2.50).

In the last months of the Great War the ''doughboy," the "poilu" and the "Tommy'' fought side by side against "Jerry" (also known as "the Boche" and "the Hun"). Of all these warriors only "Tommy" had a last name. Thomas Atkins, oldest soldier of modern times, has been serving His or Her Britannic Majesty since post-Waterloo clays. Until the late great Rudyard Kipling showed what a dear fellow Tommy really was underneath his tough exterior, he was also known as "the...

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