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Army of Worn Soles (Walking Out of War Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Maurice lived on a farm in Nastaciv, Ukraine with his mother and sister, but was a Canadian citizen whose father was still living in Montreal, Canada. During his time at the University he was very good friends with Bohdan, who he would later encounter while held in a prisoner of war camp. He became a Lieutenant and led his men into battle. The Author writes vividly about the cruelties of war and the daily struggles faced by the soldiers including disease, hunger, and the toll it takes on their bodies and minds. Their clothes and boots would literally crumble due to the unforgiving conditions they encountered.
The fact that this story is based on actual events, and written with overwhelming emotion and thoughtfulness, make it very engaging and enlightening. I was totally invested in this book and felt as if I knew Maurice personally. I appreciate the immense amount of research that was required and thought that it was presented in an effortless manner by Scott Bury.
I understand that this book is the first in a series, and I look forward to continuing Maurice’s journey. I highly recommend this book to all readers; it will keep you on totally engaged and educate you in the process.
Seas of mud conspire with faulty, outdated weapons to make the Ukrainians’ situation more and more desperate. The only thing holding them together is their fierce personal bonds, forged in school days and reinforced by their common language and culture. Their Russian commanders seem oblivious to the hopelessness of the situation, or else resigned to it. The Ukrainian soldiers experience moments of blank terror as they stare down certain death. Ahead of them the German mechanized divisions keep rolling forward, crossing rivers, their turret guns blazing, seemingly invincible, while behind them their superiors keep a lookout for deserters, guns at the ready.
With the fighting in Ukraine today, as Russia exerts its power in the Eastern part of the country, “Army of Worn Soles” could not be more topical. The seeds of the defiance we see in today’s Ukrainian soldiers were surely sown by the grandfathers who gave their lives seventy years ago. History is doomed to repeat itself, a message that comes through loud and clear in this short, beautifully written novel.
Army Of Worn Soles is the true story of Maurice Bury, a Canadian citizen caught up in the second world war when he is conscripted into the Ukrainian army. A page-turning journey of a war soldier as he takes his own decisions to save himself and his fellow soldiers. I'm not a reader of historical fiction (especially war ones) but this book gripped me right from the start. It is quite unbelievable that this is a true story, experienced by the true soldier. I've come to know that Maurice Bury is the writer's father-in-law and in this case I find Scott Bury very lucky to have someone reliving a past with him but all appreciation for Scott Bury to write someone's story into a very well narrated novel with his experienced hand. . The part that moved me in this book was when all of their boots were worn out and they had to wrap their feet in newspaper and still be able to fight for their country.
I'm not into reading war fictions but this is truly an exception.
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