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A dramatic, immediate, personal account of life and death in the trenches on the Western Front - 1st July 2016 marks the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.
Born in 1898, E P F Lynch served in France with the First Australian Imperial Force from 1916-19. On his return to Australia he became a teacher, but in 1939 joined the militia before transferring to the regular army where he was Officer Commanding the NSW jungle training school. After the war, he returned to teaching. He died in 1980. Will Davies is a film-maker and military historian. He lives in Sydney.
"As haunting and graphic a description of trench warfare as any I have read... this is a warrior's tale... a great read and a moving eye-witness account of a living hell from which few emerged unscathed" * Daily Express * "Compares to All Quiet on the Western Front... Both are front-line memoirs of men steadily becoming more professional and more disillusioned... Both are magnificently written" -- Prof William Gammage "Here is the stink and stench of war... horrifying, scarifying and very humbling as well" * Herald Sun * "Brilliantly evokes the terror, horror, elation, friendship, gore and depression that made a combat infantryman's life so dangerous, so traumatic and, if he survived, so memorable" * Courier Mail * "His observations on life in the line and of his emotions in a battle strike a chord. Difficult to put down - it has the feel of being written by a soldier for soldiers" * Soldier Magazine *