Part 24 of Blunden's War meets Edmund in February 1917 now stationed in Ypres. He is set to work with Worley teaching new troops how to wire in the pouring rain. Blunden is spotted by a visiting General because of his extraordinary boots.
Blunden's War - Part 18: Messages from the heart of the battlefield
In Part 18 Martin Chown consults Blunden's Battalion War Diary for further insight into his war experience. In the Diary there is some absolutely amazing paperwork that puts the reader into the heat of the battle. The article focuses on one of a series of messages from 30/31 October from Colonel Harrison stationed in a deep dugout in St Martin's Lane.
Blunden's War - Part 17: Stuff Trench 21 - 23 October
Stuff Trench was 'three feet deep, corpses under foot, [and] corpses on the parapet.' In Part 17 of Blunden's War Martin Chown recalls the two day attack that secured the trench but at an enormous cost.
Part 16 centres around the Mill on the Ancre River just down from Thiepval. Extracts of the poem indicate that it could have been written under fire. In any case the experience never left Blunden and it was the inspiration for his final war poem 'Ancre Sunshine', written fifty years later. The incident also tells us more about Blunden's relationship with his commander, Colonel Harrison, and demonstrates Blunden's youthful courage under fire.