Swindon, 1st ed., 1990. Vii + 109 pp., photo-ills., + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Spine of d.j. sunned o/w FINE. This is the diary of Frank Warren, posted to the front line in France on 25 October 1916 at the age of 19 with the King's Royal Rifle Corps, with whom he stayed until the end of the war. Writing soon after events had happened this vivid eye-witness account records the horrors of the Somme battlefield soon after the costly infantry had ground to a halt, and his next tour of duty in the Ypres Salient. This diary is more than a valuable historical document; it is a work of considerable literary merit. The accounts of the blowing of the bridge on the Somme canal and the rescue of the guns at Mercourt are superb set-piece descriptions, among the most graphic of all battlefield events.