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In the Footsteps of Private Lynch

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Our Price: AU$34.95 Inc GST
Media: BOOK - paperback, 282 pages
Author: W. Davies
Year: 2008
Other Data: b&w & colour photos, glossary, bibliog
ISBN: 9781741666106

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Product Code: RAN019

Imagine this. You are a country boy and just eighteen. The war has been raging for two years and because of your age, you have not been eligible for enlistment. Your mates, older by a few months are joining up and disappearing to the great adventure across the world in Europe. And there is forever talk of the need for reinforcements, for men like you to join up and support the Empire, Australia and your mates in the line.

When Will Davies discovered the manuscript for 'Somme Mud' he knew he had found a lost treasure. The book because an instant bestseller, telling as it does Edward Lynch's deeply personal story of the men of the First AIF in France and Belgium.

Many readers, however, craved to know more about the background to Private Lynch's account, so Davies began to write a contextual history to explain the battles, the ebb and flow of the war, and to illustrate what was happening in the wider world while Lynch was fighting his own personal war in France.

Davies meticulously retraced Lynch and the 45th battalion's travels; their long route marches to flea ridden billets, into the frontline at such places as Messines, Dernancourt, Stormy Trench and Villers Bretonneux, to rest areas behind the lines and finally, on the great push to the final victory after August 1918. He also photographed the now benign-looking areas of Belgium and France that were once the scene of such devastating bloodshed. Looking at the sites of these battlefields today, it is hard to imagine the horror of the trenches, but in revisiting them and attempting to understand their significance we pay tribute to the Australian men who sacrificed their youth to the First World War.

1. Goodbye, Sydney Town, Goodbye
2. France and Fritz
3. Holding the Line
4. Making Back from the Line
5. In Support
6. Fallen Comrades
7. Straightening the Line
8. A Night in the Line
9. The Carrying Party
10. Mixing it at Messines
11. A Quiet Innings
12. Passing it on at Passchendaele
13. Digging in at Dernancourt
14. Around Villers-Bret
15. Hammering at Hamel
16. Leap-frogging to Victory
17. Following Fritz
18. 'Fini le Guerre'
19. A Dinner to the Troops
20. Till the Boys Come Home

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