This is truly an amazing account, not a story, but account of life as it really was, warts and all, in the battlefields of Northern France midway through the 1st World war.
The detail is staggering and at times stomach churning as Nulla, the army nickname of the author, unfolds his amazing and at times, witty diary of his time at war as a 19 year old Autralian infantryman. The comradeship between his wartime mates is humbling as they stick together and share the actual, real, bloody and true horrors they witnessed and amazingly began to see as normal! Everyday they were sbjected to hostile fire, and feats of daring but neccessary mundane tasks - and as it was all happening around them. This book really does give you the feeling of being there with those men from 1916 and you almost feel part of it all. To think that these diaries were written when he returned home (one of the lucky ones!) then put them away. Nobody new of their content until they were discvovered by his grandson, which makes this all the more compelling.
You feel you want to salute Nulla and the boys after the last page is turned, in total respect to what they had to go through. I kept saying to myself, Imagine if we had to experience all that today and keep spirits as high as they did? And at such a young age? Truly inspiring. Totally recommended!