"A LOOK BACK AT TWO WORLD WARS"

by Edward Alexander Packe

In World War I he served as a private and as a commissioned officer in the trenches. His diary describes life in the trenches and the Christmas Truce. He then was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps (precursor to the R.A.F.) as an observer and later a fighter pilot, and his diary describes what it was like flying and fighting in planes made of wood, with no brakes or flaps, without parachutes or oxygen or enclosed cockpits.

In World War II he became an Air Intelligence Liaison Officer, interpreting photos taken of enemy territory. His diary gives a vivid account of the retreat to Dunkirk.

During the years before his death in 1962 he had edited and bound into a single manuscript extracts from his diaries of both World Wars, with photographs, letters and other reminders of his experiences. It is from his manuscript that this website has been compiled.

World War I

Roles in WWI

Family and friends
Diary
Preface
1914
1915
1916
1917
1918
Letters
27th Sep 1914
15th Oct 1914
30th Oct 1914
9th Nov 1914
17th Nov 1914
25th Nov 1914
21st Dec 1914
Extracts from letters
Pictures
Aircraft

World War II

Role in WWII
Diary
Preface
1940

Other
Illustrated article

Photos

index to photos used on this website
Edward Packe
Major Edward Packe, MBE, DFC.

Obituary