'Under Fire' follow the fortunes of the French Sixth Battalion during the First World War. For this group of ordinary men, thrown together from all over France and longing for home, war is simply a matter of survival, and the arrival of their rations, a glimpse of a pretty girl or a brief reprieve in hospital is all they can hope for.
Based on his own experience of the War, Henri Barbusse's novel is a powerful account of one of the greatest horrors mankind has inflicted upon itself and a damning critique of the inequality between front-line soldiers and the officers who give the orders. It vividly evokes life in the trenches - the mud, stench and monotony of waiting, while constantly under fire in an external battlefield.
- Publication Date:
- 30 / 03 / 2004
- 129 x 198mm