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BRINDLE, Sapper W[alter]. France & Flanders : Four Years Experience Told in Poem & Story. With Souvenir Photographs of the Visit of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales to St.John, New Brunswick, August 15, 1919. St.John, N.B.: S.K. Smith, (1919). Pp (16),1-84,(4),frontispiece + 7 plates, all with captioned tissue guards. 8vo, green cloth with black decoration and lettering to front board, blank spine.
Title page has the ampersand, while the front cover has France and Flanders
Tennyson, The Canadian Experience of the Great War : A Guide to Memoirs 396, Watters p.25, Rhodenizer p.958.
"His verse may not always follow the rule of metre, but requires no apologist. The war, it has been said, failed signally to produce any great poems, with one or two striking exceptions, and these which follow in the pages of this book, many of them written on the battlefield within range of the enemy guns, have at least the virtue of being an attempt at portrayal of actual war scenes as witnessed by a grizzeled veteran doing his duty from day by day rather than mere poetic flights of fancy. [...] As for the prose, it deals with the accomplishments of the Canadian Overseas Rail way Construction Corps and the writer has performed a valuable service in thus putting on record the achievements of a unit which trained in St. John and which took such an important part in the winning of the war from the broad standpoint of the Allied cause." - from the publisher's preface.
Contents: 1. Fighting Myself; 2. Training and Work in England; 3. Our Corps; 4. Off to France; 5. Meeting Old Friends; 6. What Happened in Bergues; 7. On the Move; 8. Huns Driven Back; 9. Useless Destruction; 10. Peace and Plenty; 11. A Stirring Sight and After; 12. Sammy Puts One Over; 13. The Push; 14. The Huns' Worst; 15. Marking Time; 16. Canadians at Play and Work.
Some light bumping to spine ends, else a very good, tight copy. 75.00