Campbell, P. J.


1st ed., 1977. 167 pp. D.j., 22 x 14cm. V.G.+. This superb book describes a young man's experiences in battle on the Western front in 1918. The author, a subaltern, served in one of the Field Artillery brigades of the British Fifth Army. He had joined the battery, a boy almost fresh from school, the year before, seeing service at Ypres and Passchendaele (as described in his second book, below). As this book begins he is rejoining the battery, about three miles behind the line, after sick leave. A massive German attack (before the Americans were ready to take part in the fighting) was expected. Here are the fears, the horror, the uncertainties, the comradeship and the occasional laughter of battle, seen with the extraordinary clarity of youth and written down by an elderly author as freshly as though the events had just happened.

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