Author(s): Monty Ingram
The diary of Monty Ingram provides a rare insight into the mind of a Digger at the Western Front during World War One. Most historical accounts of experiences at the Front came from ranking officers written well back from the dangers of the frontline. Few accounts from the average Digger are available because it was against military law for any soldier to keep a diary of activity at the Front. Correspondence was restricted due to the prospect of sensitive information falling into enemy hands. This diary therefore provides the reader with an exceptionally rare feel for life at the Front where every breath may well be the writerÃ�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�s last. As an ANZAC diary, it provides one of the few detailed accounts of the experiences of Passchendaele. The 3rd Battle of Ypres cost Australia and New Zealand more lives than any other military engagement in their short histories. To this day, there has been no disaster greater than Passchendaele to befall these nations. The diary also provides the reader with a rare first hand account of New Zealand's most successful moment of WWI - the liberation of the fortified town of Le Quesnoy in France.