And No Birds Sang

And No Birds Sang

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"In July 1942, Farley Mowat was an eager young infantryman bound for Europe and impatient for combat. This powerful, true account of the action he saw, fighting desperately to push the Nazis out of Italy, evokes the terrible reality of war with an honesty and clarity fiction can only imitate. In scene after unforgettable scene, he describes the agony and antic humor of the soldier's existence: the tedium of camp life, the savagery of the front, and the camaraderie shared by those who have been bloodied in battle."
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c1979.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780316586955
0316586951
Branch Call Number: 940.548 MOWAT
Characteristics: 219 p. ; 22 cm.

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Feb 23, 2016

Canadian troops fought beside us in WWII. Farley Mowat was one such soldier, and presents a vivid history of his time on the front lines. It's a brutal, disturbing story and a great reminder of what we owe to our military representatives.

History fans, certainly of WWII, should seek out this fine book

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Liber_vermis
May 22, 2013

A plain-spoken account by an infantry foot soldier of the Canadian Army's role in the Italian Campaign of the Second World War told by a master story-teller.

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May 22, 2013

"What followed [at the Battle of Moro River] was the kind of night men dream about in afteryears, waking in a cold sweat to a surge of gratitude that it is but a dream. It was a delirium of sustained violence. ... The snap and scream of high-velocity tank shells pierced the brutal guttural of an endless cannonade from both German and Canadian artillery. Moaning Minnie projectiles whumped down like thunderbolts, searching for our hurriedly dug foxholes. Soldiers of both sides, blundering through the vineyards, fired with panicky impartiality in all directions. And it began to rain again, a bitter, penetrating winter rain." (p. 226-7)

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