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Another classic volume,
This review is from: Charley's War: Underground and Over the Top v. 6 (Hardcover)
This volume of the classic Charley's War, places a great deal of emphasis on the subterranean war going on under the trenches and battlefields, in World War One.
Charley and his comrades have joined the "Clay Kickers" who are engaged in digging tunnels to place explosives under the German guns and trenches at Messines.
As ever with Charley's War the writing is of the highest standard and the art work exemplary.
In this volume we see the dedication of the clay kickers to finishing the job and the sacrificies they would make. There is more conflict between comrades and in particular antagonism aimed at a conscientious objector who has been forced to join up.
The story also moves to the "Bull Ring" (a large camp and training facility) at Etaples, where our heroic Tommy's are poorly treated by bullying instructors.
We are introduced to foraging,scavenging,thieving and violent deserters (sandbaggers),who have set up a parallel existence in caves, hills and forests in the areas surrounding the camp at Etaples and we see the spark of mutiny light the proverbial fuse, as the mistreatment of the soldiers in the "Bull Ring" reaches a fatal climax.
Another quite excellent volume but I agree completely with the previous reviewer, why , oh,why only one volume per year - it's a bit frustrating to say the least !