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By Lt. G. P. A. Fildes

The author’s pseudonym ‘An O. E.’ (Old Etonian) hides an nameless officer in a Territorial regiment commissioned in 1914, who served with the elite second Coldstream Guards, Britain’s oldest regiment, at the Western entrance from 1915. The narrative covers the author’s studies on the conflict of Festubert, within the Ypres salient, and at the Somme - down to the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line within the Spring of 1917. The writing is life like - occasionally grimly so - and, although released in August 1918, whilst the struggle was once nonetheless happening, spares few of his readers’ emotions concerning the truth of existence and loss of life within the trenches.

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