'Around the country, bronze soldiers in slouch hats stand silently at attention. It is the Anzacs' remarkable writing that reveals the lives behind the national legend.
In the Trenches is a collection of gripping, awe-inspiring and sometimes terrifying accounts of life at the front, recorded by those who lived through the fighting.
Drawn from diaries, memoirs and letters, as well as poetry, reportage and prose, this writing reminds us that the Anzac legend is rooted in real and tragic circumstances on a heartbreakingly human scale. Belying the common perception of the laconic digger, these compelling voices convey the range of wartime experience, from the desolation and horror to the unbridled excitement and camaraderie. Through it all runs the bleak toll on young lives.
Author and journalist Mark Dapin has selected writing from those on the frontlines as well as behind the scenes, from officers and soldiers to nurses, engineers and reporters, to create a volume that will be regarded as the definitive record of the personal experiences that forged the emerging national identities of Australia and New Zealand.' (Publisher's blurb)
yJacka's MobE. J. Rule,
Sydney:Angus and Robertson,1933Z10837251933single work autobiography war literature
'The stirring memoirs of a young Victorian farmer who fought as a private, N.C.O., and officer through the Great War from Anzac to the last engagement of his battalion. They were originally written for his own pleasure in after years, and without though of publication - a fact that greatly increases their value and interest.
Captain Rule has a keen eye for character and humorous situations, as well as a graphic pen for incident and military action. Dr. C. E. W. Bean, the Commonwealth official historian, who has read and quoted these memoirs in the Official History, has stated that they make one of the most vivid documents in the whole range of Australian war literature ... In the opinion of more than one who have read the manuscript, Jacka's Mob, as an authentic picture of the life of an Australian infantryman, has few, if any, equals' (dustjacket first edition).
Morris Miller has commented that 'some of the sketches are fictitiously presented'.