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"A brilliant account of life and death in the trenches All military memoirs are valuable because they offer an authentic view of the events they describe. Some works transcend simple records to become fine works of literary craftsmanship. Some, and this book is one of them, possess the ability to transport the reader—often in unsparing detail—to the wartime world the author experienced. Though this book has an uninspiring title, it has become highly regarded as a first-hand account of the brutal fighting on the Western Front in the last year of the war. The author was a Royal Engineer officer, engaged in bridging and railway projects, but he and his men were also on occasions engaged in a hand-to-hand battle with the enemy in the trenches—which is described in visceral detail within these pages. This Leonaur edition contains maps and images not present in the original edition. Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket."