Hitchcock, Captain F. C.


Naval & Military Press, n.d., (c. this century). 358 pp., photo-plates, ills., maps & plans. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Cream d.j., typically a bit marked o/w FINE. "Stand To" is a narrative of the day-by-day life of a Subaltern on the Western Front in the Great War. A member of the 2nd Leinsters, a fine South Irish regiment, the author describes the stench of the trenches, day and night at work improving their defences and frequently seeing their labour wasted by the destruction caused by enemy shells. Both officers and men were constantly wet through and half frozen, exposed 24 hours to sniping and bombardment by every kind of shell and gas, whilst always liable to sudden attack. Loos, Ypres, Vimy Ridge, the Somme, the author was in the thick of the action and his personal account serves as an important testimony. First published in 1937 and reprinted here, this book is uncommon in this hardback edition complete with its dust-jacket.

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