Somme Mud: The War Experiences of an Infantryman in France 1916-1919

Somme Mud: The War Experiences of an Infantryman in France 1916-1919

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Paperback, Random House (Au), 2008, ISBN13 9781741668940, ISBN10 1741668948
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SOMME MUD

"It's the end of the 1916 winter and the conditions are almost unbelievable. We live in a world of Somme mud. We sleep in it, work in it, fight in it, wade in it and many of us die in it. We see it, feel it, eat it and curse it, but we can't escape it, not even by dying." "Somme Mud" tells of the devastating experiences of Edward Lynch, a young Australian private (18 when he enlisted) during World War I when he served with the 45th battalion of the Australian Infantry Forces on the Western Front at the Somme, which saw the most bloody and costly fighting of the war. In just eight weeks, there were 23,000 Australian casualties. The original edition was written in pencil in 20 school exercise books in 1921, probably to help exorcise the horrendous experiences Private Lynch had witnessed during his three years at war from mid-1916 until his repatriation home in mid-1919. Lynch had been wounded three times, once seriously, and spent more than six months in the hospital in England. Published here for the first time, and to the great excitement of historians at the War Memorial, "Somme Mud" is a precious find, a discovered treasure that vividly captures the magnitude of war through the day-to-day experiences of an ordinary infantryman. From his first day setting sail for France as the band played "Boys of the Dardanelles" and the crowd proudly waved their fresh-faced boys off, to the harsh reality of the trenches of France and its pale-faced weary men, Lynch captures the essence and contradictions of war. "Somme Mud" is Australia's version of "All Quiet on the Western Front." Told with dignity, candor and surprising wit, it is a testament to the power of the human spirit, a moving true story of humanity and friendship.

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Editor: Davies, Will
Number of Pages: 347
Number in Series: 1
Original Languages: English
Subject: WORLD WAR, 1914-1918_FRANCE ,  WORLD WAR, 1914-1918_PERSONAL NARRATIVES ,  AUSTRALIA_BIOGRAPHY ,  SOLDIERS
Author: Davies, Will ,  Lynch, E. p. f.
Target Audience: Trade
Edition: 2
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
ISBN-13: 9781741668940
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.00 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 1741668948
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