An Aussie soldier's diary of the 1st global warfare - by means of turns compelling, illuminating, humorous, touching and unhappy - and totally unputdownable. Archie Albert Barwick used to be an enthusiastic younger 24 12 months outdated while he joined the 1st AIF in past due August 1914 - his carrier quantity was once 914. while he learnt that he'd been approved into the military, he used to be so satisfied he became somersaults for natural pleasure. this is often his diary, that he saved during the conflict - from Cairo to Gallipoli, from Marseilles via to the negative iciness of 1916 within the Somme, from Ypres to Pozieres. He used to be wounded 3 times and despatched again to the scuffling with, sooner than ultimately traveling again domestic in December 1918. this diary is just a treasure - vibrant, alive, compelling. His description of the conflict is by way of turns down-to-earth, frightening, illuminating, humorous, touching and extraordinarily unhappy. but his voice and character shine via. In his diary, Archie describes a person as being 'merry & vivid & by no means downhearted' and this might be an outline of Archie himself. Readable, lively and buzzing with lifestyles, In nice Spirits is a special and enormously relocating tribute to the Australian personality and the ANZAC spirit.
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By way of Jove there's a few stuff mendacity approximately: rifles, ammunition, twine of all descriptions, garments, gasoline helmets & and so forth, millions of choices & shovels, & lots of German helmets. the floor approximately the following for miles is only one significant mass of shell holes. There should have been thousands & hundreds of thousands of shells shot away by means of either side, & there's any volume of useless males mendacity approximately. This afternoon a shell buried at least eight of our desktop gunners yet they bought them out effectively, notwithstanding all have been pain kind of from surprise. it's Hell right here o.k. & might try out the nerves of the most powerful guy. i'm totally yes we're going over this night, won’t it's a cost. twenty first July. was once down with a fatigue get together this morning to get our rations, resembling they're; the meals this is very negative & scarce. loads of our Australian artillery is in motion this present day. they're firing like mad & have gotten the diversity to a nicety. the way in which they shell the wooden in entrance folks is whatever magnificent. All day lengthy there are shells bursting in it from three in. to twelve. i will be able to inform you the latter ship the earth & stuff simply three hundred toes excessive & burst off with an earsplitting roar. i've got noticeable them uproot immense timber, such is their strength. Our chaps have by no means stopped bombarding because we got here into the trenches. I don’t understand no matter if you suspect it or now not however it is sort of most unlikely to sleep as a result of the vibration & concussion, for it truly is one perpetual & consistent roar which by no means ceases. I reckon for each shell the Germans ship over we ship 20. twenty second July. final evening each guy was once issued with 2 bombs & 2 sandbags, & he has bought to take those with him within the cost this night. getting back from the firing line we needed to run the gauntlet of the German weapons. They have been pouring it in competently — obviously they believe we're massing males in a bit gully simply just about Contalmaison, yet they're unfortunately out of it. the floor round this is easily became the wrong way up with shells — it should have been whatever lousy, the hearth. There also are a few German weapons destroyed relatively with regards to the following. I’ll guess there's approximately 30 acres of floor that you simply couldn’t trip a horse over for shell holes & a few of them are 15 or 20 feet deep. it's a sight that needs to be noticeable earlier than you could shape any suggestion of what it truly is like. twenty third July. good thank God i've been spared to return via one other fierce cost thoroughly & with scarcely a scratch. i believe windfall needs to watch over me, for my success turns out unnatural. After I handed my diary in final evening, we despatched all our overcoats & blankets right into a enormous dugout. At 10. 30 we moved out, & all of the manner we needed to run the gauntlet of an attractive heavy shell hearth, for the Germans have been very suspicious & obviously have been waiting for an assault. They have been slinging their rockets approximately in every single place, lighting fixtures the rustic just like day. We reached the firing line at eleven o’clock, & took up our positions & waited for the time to return for us to jump over. whereas within the trenches each guy used to be both given sandbags or alternatives & shovels, for they're simply as helpful as your rifle & bayonet in a cost when you've got to dig yourselves in as we needed to do.