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Somme Mud: The Experiences of an Infantryman in France, 1916-1919 [Hardcover]

E P F Lynch , Will Davies
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'His observations on life in the line and of his emotions in battle strike a chord. Difficult to put down - it has the feel of being written by a soldier for soldiers' -- SOLDIER Magazine, March 2008

'In its honesty and earthiness it has quite justifiably been compared with ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT... a fresh look at life in a front-line trench'
-- The Good Book Guide, March/April 2008

'This vivid first-hand account of the experiences of an ordinary infantryman, Somme Mud reaches us as the voice of an ordinary, but highly literate, private soldier who simply endured the horrors that surrounded him and got on with his job'
-- BIRMINGHAM POST, 8 March 2008

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A dramatic, immediate, personal account of life in the trenches on the Western Front during the Great War...

From the Back Cover

'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...'

Private Edward Lynch enlisted in the army aged just eighteen. As his ship set sail for France, the band played and the crowd proudly waved off their young men. Men who had no real notion of the reality of the trenches of the Somme; of the pale-faced, traumatised soldiers they would encounter there; of the mud and blood and the innumerable contradictions of war.

Upon his return from France in 1919, Private Lynch wrote about his experiences in twenty school exercise books, perhaps in the hope of coming to terms with all that he had witnessed there. Now published here for the first time, his story vividly captures the horror and magnitude of the war on the Western Front as experienced by the ordinary infantryman.

Told with dignity, candour and surprising wit, Somme Mud is a testament to the power of the human spirit - for out of the mud that threatened to suck out a man's very soul rose this remarkable true story of humanity and friendship.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Edward Lynch was born in 1898 and after serving in France with the 45th Battalion of the First Australian Imperial Force from 1916-19, he returned to Australia and became a teacher. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he 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 until his retirement. He died in 1980. Editor Will Davies is a film-maker and military historian. He lives in Sydney.
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