1st ed., 1981. Xi + c. 232 pp. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Nr.FINE. This truly extraordinary diary covers eight months spent on the Western Front in 1917. The author evokes the day-to-day minutiae of trench warfare ' with its constant dangers and mind-numbing routine interspersed with lyrical (and sometimes comical) interludes, and with the spirit of its participants. But the author's horror and disillusionment is climatically recorded on the bloody battlefield of Ypres, where, of his original 'happy little band' of ninety men, only fifteen survived.