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Boy from Botwood : Pte. A. W. Manuel, Royal Newfoundland Regiment, 1914-1919 (Paperback) (Bryan Davies &

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A Canadian soldier’s memoir gives unprecedented detail of his life as a German prisoner of war.

I’m going to tell my story. With those words, eighty-three-year-old Arthur Manuel set his remarkable First World War memoir in motion. Hidden in the Manuel family records until its 2013 discovery, it is now brought to new life in this book.

Manuel had never discussed his wartime experience with anyone. Determined to escape his impoverished rural Newfoundland existence, Manuel enlisted in August 1914, joining the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, which seemed like a good way out. His harrowing accounts of life under fire spans the Allies’ ill-fated 1915 Gallipoli campaign, the Regiment’s 1916 destruction at Beaumont Hamel, and his battlefield capture at Passchendaele in 1917. Manuel’s seventeen-month POW experiences (including his nearly successful escape from a German slave camp) stands alone as testament to Canadian soldiers’ experiences as POWs in the First World War. What shines through his lucid prose is a hatred of war and senseless carnage, mingled with powerful affection for the common soldier — German and Allied alike. Manuel’s narrative is at once poignant, angry, witty — and powerful.
Number of Pages: 171
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
Author: Bryan Davies & Andrew Traficante
Language: English
Street Date: February 14, 2017
TCIN: 51740065
UPC: 9781459736719
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-2874
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