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Horrifying and warm in equal measure,
This review is from: Somme Mud: The Experiences of an Infantryman in France, 1916-1919 (Hardcover)
This book may be a journey through the mud and blood of the battlefields of the Western Front, but it is done so in the company of a warm, kind hearted man.
`Nulla' (Lynch we presume) sees nobility in the bleakest of landscapes. He heaps praise on the `Fritz' machine gunners who manned their post to their last, he sees the officer who walks along the top of a trench during a bombardment not as an eccentric `toff' but as the embodiment of courage. It is his unwavering belief in his fellow man- even though he questions the insanity of war - that makes this book a surprisingly enjoyable read
The best I can say about it is this: I've read All Quiet on the Western Front and I've visited sad white headstone laden graveyards of the Somme and Ypres; but only after reading Somme Mud, do I think I'm beginning to understand what happened.