Title: To The Last Ridge – The Author’s experience with the 57th Battalion AIF

Author: Downing, Walter

Condition: Near Mint Plus

Edition: 3rd Edition

Publication Date: 2000

ISBN: 187598965X

Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 207 pages

Comments: First World War memories of W.H. Downing  and also covers some of the history of the 57th Battalion AIF. 

Written just after the heat of battle and in the language of the time, this extraordinarily moving account expresses in a brutally honest and personal way the ordinary soldier’s experience of one of the most horrific series of battles ever fought.

Fleurbaix…Bapaume…Beaumetz…Lagnicourt…Bullecourt…The Menin Road…Villers-Bretonneux…Péronne and Mont St. Quentin – Downing describes the mud, the rats, the constant pounding of the guns, the deaths, the futility, but also the humour and heroism of one of the most compelling periods in world history. His writing is spare, beautiful in its clarity and heart-breakingly vivid. Quite simply the finest and most graphic description of these actions ever written.

Anyone with an interest in war and the ordinary person’s struggle to survive must read this book. Walter Downing was a Melbourne law student before fighting on the Western Front, where he won the Military Medal. His book was acclaimed, on its original publication in 1920 for its literary quality and its realism, which few soldiers have managed to achieve

Includes Nominal Roll and Roll of Honour