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Up to Mametz - and Beyond [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Llewelyn Wyn Griffith , Jonathon Riley
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18 Nov 2010
Llewelyn Wyn Griffith s Up to Mametz, published in 1931, is now firmly established as one of the finest accounts of soldiering on the Western Front. It tells the story of the creation of a famous Welsh wartime battalion (The Royal Welch Fusiliers), its training, its apprenticeship in the trenches, through to its ordeal of Mametz Wood on the Somme as part of 38 Division. But there it stopped. General Jonathon Riley has however discovered Wyn Griffith s unpublished diaries and letters which pick up where Up to Mametz left off through to the end of the War. With careful editing and annotation, the events of these missing years are now available alongside the original work. They tell of an officer s life on the derided staff and provide fascinating glimpses of senior officers, some who attract high praise and others who the author obviously despised. The result is an enthralling complete read and a major addition to the bibliography of the period. Llewelyn Wyn Griffiths was born into a Welsh speaking family in Llandrillo yn Rhos, North Wales. He joined the Civil Service as a Tax Surveyor. Aged 24 on the outbreak of War, he was accepted for a commission in the 15th (1st London Welsh) Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers and served in the Battalion or on the staff for the rest of the War. Returning to the Inland Revenue he was responsible for the pay-As-You-Earn tax system, retiring in 1952. He filled many distinguished appointments, such as the Arts Council, and was a regular broadcaster. Awarded an Honorary DLitt by the University of Wales, he was holder of the CBE, OBE, Croix de Guerre and an MID. He died in 1977.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (18 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848843534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848843530
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Editor - Lieutenant General Jonathon Riley CB DSO RhD MA was appointed Director General and Master of the Armouries in 2009 after a distinguished military career. He saw active service in Northern Ireland, Central America, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was Deputy Commander of NATO ISAF 2007 2008. He holds degrees from University College, London, University of Leeds and Cranfield University and is a Visiting Fellow at University of Birmingham and a visiting professor at King s College London. He is the author of nine published works.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars up to Mametz and beyond 6 July 2011
By jim 24
While reading a novel( The Dead of Mametz)I remembered reading this wonderful little book, So I ordered this superb reprint,It is without doubt the best narrative of the actions of the 38 Welsh Division but given with all the passion and realism of someone who was not only there but lost his brother in the attack, A must have book for anyone with the remotest interest in the Welsh troops that fought on World War One
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 14 May 2013
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My grandfather was in the 15th Royal Welsh Fusiliers in WW1, the same battalion as the author, so this was a great find. It is extremely well written, and has been updated recently to cover the author's period as a junior staff officer
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4.0 out of 5 stars Human, honest, humbling 23 April 2014
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Although published in the 1930s, this book was entirely unknown to me (as was the entire battle, to my shame) until I recently discovered that my Great Grandfather fought at Mametz in the 38th (Welsh) Division. With soldiers' WW1 records ravaged by the Blitz, I was keen to unearth anything that might shed some light on his experiences, hence my turning to this volume. Do note, I've not read others' contemporary accounts, so I've nothing to compare it with.

WIthout doubt this is a sobering, enlightening treatise of the author's (LWG's) first-hand experiences, beginning with his anxious anticipation of going off to war in a miserable, rain-soaked Winchester in the Dec. of 1915. The narrative quickly evolves as he describes the how the naivety of their first quiet days in France is soon, and lamentably, overturned by the events that thrust them to the Front proper and all that this entails.

One is constantly aware that LWG is a normal (albeit educated) man... decent, with the high values that one associates with this stoic generation that was pushed into the worst of circumstances. Nevertheless, he is self-effacing, evidently horrified by what he sees and would rather be anywhere else if he could. Essentially, he is ever *human* and I liked and respected him.

The book is well-balanced in pace, and you never come across some lengthy description that screams "just get on with it". Not once. He sustains enough detail to be informative but does indeed "get on with it". Indeed, there are occasions when a more vivid description might have reinforced more than pathos, but he deliberately chooses not to be mawkish. The account of the Frontline chaplain strolling through the new graves looking for his own son's was heart-rending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my husband 7 April 2014
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My husband was very pleased with this book and would highly recommend it. Arrived very quickly and at a competitve price. Any one interested in the history of warfare would like this book.
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