This book is a remarkable account of life in the trenches from a soldier (the author) who served in France from the beginning of the war in August 1914 to the Armistice. Never once was Richards wounded in all that time! He served with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers, which also numbered among its ranks Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon. Unlike Graves and Sasson, Richards did not become an officer. He was a Private throughout his years of service in France.
Richards saw action from the earliest clashes between British and German forces at Mons (Belgium) in August 1914, to Ypres, to Neuve Chapelle, the Somme, Passchendaele, and the decisive battles in the late summer and autumn of 1918.