Over the top
H G Harnett, edited by Chris Bryett
Harry Hartnett was 23 when he joined the AIF in 1915 - here he tells the real story of the battles and the boredom, of life and death, on the Western Front in the First World War.
Australia's diggers didn't go 'over the top' for King and Country, they did it for their mates and their battalion - extraordinary deeds performed by ordinary men. Harry saw action on the Western Front at Fromelles and on the Somme, receiving his first 'Blighty', a wound so serious he was sent back to Britain for treatment, in the Battle of Pozieres. Upon his recovery, he returned to 'tour' the front with his battalion - an endless cycle of fighting interspersed with brief rest periods behind the lines. In this book He recalls the battles, the long marches, and the many amusing events that provided escape from the horrors of the battlefront. His moving descriptions give the insight into the unshakeable bonds forged between men trapped in situations they could never have imagined.
Over the Top takes the reader on an eye-opening tour of life in and behind the trenches on the Western Front. Harry's book, is a magnificent gift to Australia.