Up to Mametz... And Beyond (Kindle)
Llewelyn Wyn Griffith's Up to Mametz, published in 1931, is now firmly established as one of the finest accounts of soldiering on the Western Front. It tells the story of the creation of a famous Welsh wartime battalion (The Royal Welch Fusiliers), its training, its apprenticeship in the trenches, through to its ordeal of Mametz Wood on the Somme as part of 38 Division. But there it stopped. General Jonathon Riley has however discovered Wyn Griffith's unpublished diaries and letters which pick up where Up to Mametz left off through to the end of the War. With careful editing and annotation, the events of these missing years are now available alongside the original work. They tell of an officer's life on the derided staff and provide fascinating glimpses of senior officers, some who attract high praise and others who the author obviously despised. The result is an enthralling complete read and a major addition to the bibliography of the period.
Among the very best First World War memoirs. It is serious, amused, detached and true.The Spectator
Up to Mametz is a classic account of life on the Western Front, first published in 1931 and ending with the costly capture of Mametz Wood on the Somme in 1916. A quarter of a century later the same author produced a very different account of his time as a staff officer. This book contains both texts - the first as originally written, the second supported by some of Llewelyn wyn Griffith's letters and other writing.History of war website
Both parts of the book are of the highest quality, and of great interest. The first gives us a compelling view of life at the front, while the second presents a rather more balanced view of the life and roll of the much maligned staff officers.
THis book ranks as one of the classic texts of The Great War, describing the authors and his fellow Royal Welch Fusiliers Officers transformation from civilian to battle hardened veterans on the Somme.Pennant Magazine
Neil Weir died in 1967, but it was not until 2009 that his grandson, Mike Burns, discovered his diary and letters among some packing trunks he had been left, and learnt that his grandfather had served as an officer in the 10th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders for much of the First World War. A captain and company commander at the tender age of nineteen, he fought at Loos, Ypres, Vimy Ridge, Ploegstreert and the Somme. At Ploegsteert Wood, Weir's sector contained one of the largest mines ever dug under the German trenches and here the sister battalion he fought alongside was commanded…By Mike Burns, Saul David
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