Thursday, June 3, 2010
By Private Edward Lynch
Genre: World War One -Biography
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 to fight in the First World War. Like so many Australian soldiers, he had little idea of the horrors he would soon face. Somme Mud
is his vivid account of the nightmarish realities of trench warfare, as an 18 year old infantryman.
Traumatised soldiers, ravaged landscapes, a curious mixture of hatred, empathy and admiration, makes for a eye opening riveting read.