This covers the author's six months or so in an infantry regiment in the Somme region. Although Plowman didn't get involved in any actual 'over the top' or 'raiding' activities, he was in a front line regiment which had its fair share of artillery bombardment and casualties, and of course the discomfort of the trenches. This, combined with the never-ending round of work parties, marching and other activities made the war an endurance test for many. This is the aspect which comes over best in the book, which gives a realistic rounded account of a subaltern's life on the Western Front, rather than focussing only on the fighting aspects. Plowman later became a conscientious objector, and the book reflects the disillusionment with the war and the conduct of it which led to his later decision.