And No Birds Sang

And No Birds Sang

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Turned away from the Royal Canadian Air Force for his apparent youth and frailty, Farley Mowat joined the infantry in 1940. The young second lieutenant soon earned the trust of the soldiers under his command, and was known to bend army rules to secure a stout drink, or find warm ? if nonregulation ? clothing. But when Mowat and his regiment engaged with elite German forces in the mountains of Sicily, the optimism of their early days as soldiers was replaced by despair. With a naturalist's eyes and ears, Mowat takes in the full dark depths of war; his moving account of military service, and the friends he left behind, is also a plea for peace.


Turned away from the Royal Canadian Air Force for his apparent youth and frailty, Farley Mowat joined the infantry in 1940. The young second lieutenant soon earned the trust of the soldiers under his command, and was known to bend army rules to secure a stout drink, or find warm — if nonregulation — clothing. But when Mowat and his regiment engaged with elite German forces in the mountains of Sicily, the optimism of their early days as soldiers was replaced by despair. With a naturalist's eyes and ears, Mowat takes in the full dark depths of war; his moving account of military service, and the friends he left behind, is also a plea for peace.



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This revised edition of the original 1979 memoir of renowned environmentalist and author Farley Mowat's wartime experiences provides a new generation of readers with access to one of the most profound and personal discussions of Canadian soldiers' experiences in World War II. The work chronicles Mowat's wartime career and tells the personal story of his role as an infantry lieutenant during the Allied invasion of Sicily. The narrative is fast paced and beautifully written in typical Mowat style. Distributed in the US by PGW/Perseus. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Toronto : Douglas & McIntyre, 2012 [c1975]
ISBN: 9781771000307
Characteristics: 237 p. ; 20 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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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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