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Over the Top: A Diggers Story of the Western Front H. G. Hartnett

Over the Top: A Diggers Story of the Western Front

H. G. Hartnett

Published January 1st 2012
ISBN : 9781742375953
Paperback
348 pages
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Harry Hartnett was 23 when he joined-up in 1915 - here he tells the real story of the battles and the boredom, of life and death, on the Western Front in World War I.Australias diggers didnt go over the top for King and Country, they did it forMoreHarry Hartnett was 23 when he joined-up in 1915 - here he tells the real story of the battles and the boredom, of life and death, on the Western Front in World War I.Australias diggers didnt go over the top for King and Country, they did it for their mates and their battalion - extraordinary deeds performed by ordinary men. Henry George Hartnett, known as Harry, joined the Australian Imperial Force on 13 September 1915 at the age of 23. He 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 Harry 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 reader 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. Harrys book, which has never before been published, is a magnificent gift to Australia.