Backs To The Wall: A Larrikin On The Western Front
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Backs To The Wall: A Larrikin On The Western Front

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Originally published in 1937 (and long out of print), this is a gripping, first hand account of a young soldier's experiences in France and Belgium during the First World War.
Paperback, 341 pages
Published by Allen & Unwin Australia (first published April 1st 2007)
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'Aussie Rick'


This book covers the World War One experiences of George Deane Mitchell, a private in the 48th Battalion, 1st A.I.F. This is a great account of one man's front-line duty between 1916-1918. It’s a pretty good read and strangely enough before reading this book I had not previously heard about George Deane Mitchell. I looked him up on the Internet and this is what I found:

"He served at Gallipoli from 25 April 1915 until he was evacuated with enteric fever on 6 August. Rejoining his battalion on 9...more
Sharon
Books about the Great War are not supposed to be funny, but G.D. Mitchell's Backs to the Wall had me laughing out loud at times. This man was not only a larrikin but had a wonderful way to tell a story. Sometimes to his own detriment.

Then there were times he had me in tears, the raw emotion of losing his best friend being one of those times. He put in actual excerpts from his diary at times to illustrate what he was actually writing.

Taken at face value, some of his antics were nothing to make a...more
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