Both Sides of the Wire
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Captain William Cull fought the First World War from both sides of the wire. Initially from the allied side on the Western Front where, as a young infantry officer, Cull frequently led patrols out into No Man's Land and raids on the German trenches. He took part in bitter fighting on the Somme at Pozires, and in February 1917 was severely wounded in a futile attack on the German trenches at Gueduecourt, where he was taken prisoner by the Germans. Having survived the ordeal of battle, William Cull spent the remainder of the war on the German side of the wire. The first half of Both Sides of the Wire is an action-packed account of Cull's war on the Western Front in the months leading up to his capture. The second half is a candid portrayal of his experiences as a prisoner of war at the hands of the Germans. Cull endured many months of agony as he recovered in prison camps in occupied France and Germany - in spite of German doctors' early predictions that he would not survive his first night in captivity. This book is based on the memoir, At All Costs, that Captain Cull wrote in the months after his repatriation to Australia in October 1918.
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