And No Birds SangBook - 2012 1975
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)
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"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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