“My tunic is rotten … We are lousy, stinking, ragged, unshaven and sleepless. Even when we’re back a…”

“My tunic is rotten …
We are lousy, stinking, ragged, unshaven and sleepless. Even when we’re back a bit we can’t sleep for our own guns. I have one puttee, a dead man’s helmet, another dead man’s gas protector, a dead man’s bayonet. My tunic is rotten with other men’s blood, and partly splattered with a comrade’s brains. It is horrible, but why should you people at home not know? Several of my friends are raving mad. I met three officers out in No Man’s Land the other night, all rambling and mad. Poor Devils!”

  Lieutenant John Raws, Australian 23rd Battalion, during the Battle of Pozieres, 4 August 1916.

Adrian Hill – Pozières An Australian Episode, c1917.