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Somme Mud by E. P. F. Lynch

Somme Mud

by E. P. F. Lynch

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Somme Mud is truly an insightful work based on the experiences of Edward Lynch. Mr. L. volunteer for the Australian war effort in 1916. At the age of 18 he sailed for France as an infantryman. His experiences are presented in a candid, straightforward manner and humonous at times. He and his mates apparently lived up to the reputation of 'Aussies' with their laid-back attitude toward military discipline, yet committed and courageous in battle.

His memoirs bring the realities of the horrors of trench warfare to life. He covers not only the terror, but also the boredom, the skirting of rules to find basic comforts for him and his comrades, and life behind the lines. Thankfully a glossary of military terms and 'digger' slang is provided. Otherwise the book could become confusing at times.

I absolutely recommend this book for anyone interested in the Western Front. It is the English version of All's Quiet on the Western Front'. The amazing piece of his story to me were the risks these men willingly accepted, sometimes on a daily basis, to achieve their objectives. Not to give the book away, but it must be mentioned how powerful the concept of mates (pals, buddies), and mateship was to their daily survival, both in action and behind the lines during rest periods. Enought said. Read the book, it is well worth your time and thoughts. ( )
  douboy50 | Jul 8, 2011 |
Somme Mud is the first hand account of an Australian soldier's time fighting on the Western Front. Simply written yet detailed enough to convey the full horror and utter despair confronting both sides fighting in this futile campaign. I believe this will become recommended reading for all students studying the Allied participation in the First World War. ( )
  adamclaxton | Jan 5, 2011 |
Somme Mud is an excellent book. It has been written from first hand accounts woven together by an eyewitness to the First World War and the horrors of trench warfare. The language is simple, but elegant. The description is vivid, bringing the depth of emotion that is absolutely essential to a work such as this. I thoroughly recommend this book to all and sundry. ( )
  MarcusAverius | Sep 13, 2010 |
Very insightful read about fighting on the Western Front, looking forward to reading the sequel. ( )
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This narrative is dedicated to the sons of the diggers of the First A.I.F. in the hope that they will strive to recapture and perpetuate the digger spirit of the older A.I.F.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385612788, Hardcover)

Written by one who enlisted when he was just 18, who fought in the Somme trenches and survived, and came to terms with all he had seen by writing this very immediate and personal account of the horror on the Western Front during WWI.

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'Somme Mud' captures the horror and magnitude of the World War I, written from the perspective of ordinary infantrymen, rather than officers. Told with dignity, candour and surprising wit, it is a testament to the power of the human spirit - out of the mud that threatened to suck out a man's soul rises a story of humanity and friendship.… (more)

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