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Beautifully presented young readers’ edition of the bestselling memoir of a young soldier on the First World War’s Western Front.
'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.'
Private Edward Lynch was just 18 when he enlisted in the army. When he returned to Australia almost three years later, he wrote Somme Mud, a vivid account of the horrific realities of trench warfare from an ordinary infantryman’s point of view: the traumatised soldiers and ravaged landscapes, the curious mixture of hatred, empathy and admiration for the equally naive enemy soldiers, the disillusionment and the camaraderie.
Lynch’s candour and down-to-earth wit make Somme Mud engaging for any reader, while archival photographs, a full glossary and editor Will Davies’ explanatory chapter introductions make this edition an illuminating text for students. As well as a memoir of one man’s experience of war, Somme Mud is an evocative record of the language and attitudes of early twentieth century Australia.
|Who Was Private Edward Lynch?||p. 3|
|Good-bye, Sydney Town, Good-bye||p. 7|
|France and Fritz||p. 18|
|Holding the Line||p. 29|
|Making Back from the Line||p. 42|
|In Support||p. 49|
|Fallen Comrades||p. 60|
|Straightening the Line||p. 73|
|A Night in the Line||p. 85|
|The Carrying Party||p. 101|
|Mixing it at Messines||p. 121|
|A Quiet Innings||p. 150|
|Passing it on at Passchendaele||p. 163|
|Digging in at Dernancourt||p. 185|
|Around Villers-Bret||p. 206|
|Hammering at Hamel||p. 220|
|Leap-frogging to Victory||p. 243|
|Following Fritz||p. 264|
|'Fini la Guerre'||p. 294|
|A Dinner to the Troops||p. 313|
|Till the Boys Come Home||p. 321|
|Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.|
For Ages: 14 - 18 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 30th March 2010
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.336