1st ed., 1985. 249 pp., 1 map + ills. D.j., 22 x 14cm. V.G. The author dispassionately and vividly records the first winter and spring of the glutinous campaign from his Royal Irish Rifles’ trenches some five miles south of Ypres in the Great War. These powerful diaries are as much a portrait of a man as of a war: a war in which each side was as tough on its own as it was towards the enemy. His daughter was left the document which was illustrated by the author himself and which has been drawn upon by a best-selling novelist Jennifer Johnston in How Many Miles to Babylon, which in turn has been televised. This is the original true story.