The Unreturning Army: A Field Gunner in Flanders 1917-1918
This is a memoir and series of letters, edited by his son, that Huntly Gordon sent from the Allied front-line in Belgium and France in 1917 and 1918 to his mother. Gordon was a young second lieutenant in the Field Artillery, and his correspondence eloquently describes the harsh and highly dangerous world of the artilleryman during the Great War. But this is more than a standard account of the unrelenting nastiness, for the author has a wonderfully wry sense of humour, as well as close observation skills and a rare ability to interpret with intelligence the chaos that engulfed his world. He writes of the real inner war of attempting to combat fear without showing it that accompanies the loud and terrible external conflict. Huntly Gordon was wounded in 1918 and survived the war.