And No Birds Sang

And No Birds Sang

Book - 1979
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Publisher: Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, 1979.
ISBN: 9780771066184
Branch Call Number: 940.548171 M936
Characteristics: 250 p.


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OttawaReads Nov 04, 2010

This personal account of Mowat's coming of age during World War II, when, as an inexperienced, underweight, and underage youth he joined the Canadian forces, chronicles his conversion from eager, patriotic youth into a battleweary warrior.

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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

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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