Driest First World War Western front ever? Fought in completely flat land? Even if it did dry out a bit in the summer of 1918 that period was one of the wettest ever in Flanders and the clay retained the water. It was slow, and there were all those stupid silences where a question was asked but no answer given. I thought people were polite in those days. lead actors were wet wimps. From what I remember the lead character was more sympathetic to his men, and the French family lived in a modest middle class town house in Amiens, not a dirty great big posh chateau with its own grounds. Admittedly its over ten years since I read the book. Thoughts?