1st ed., 1987. 191 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. This is a vivid and authentic account of the day-to-day life of a soldier in the Great War, both at the front and behind the lines. Hal Siepmann's letters and diaries have been skilfully edited by his son to present a fascinating picture of the life of an officer in the Royal Field Artillery – in a mode of warfare never seen again in the First World War. After a short period in Egypt, Siepmann served as a subaltern and captain in France and Italy, going on to Germany with the occupation force after the Armistice. His detailed stories of the events – major and minor – of these years offer a graphic accompaniment to the horrific statistics and grand political schemes of the history textbooks.