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Deserter by Charles Glass
on 15 April 2013
As a rule, I read three to four books at a time; an old school habit, seldom broken. Mind you, not a bad thing with life so busy and all. But, once-in-a-while, a real page-turner comes down the pike that breaks my habit and slows life down to one book at a time.
This morning, I finished reading Deserter by Charles Glass. A thoughtful, evocative, emotional, and lucid study of the young men from my father's generation who deserted ranks during World War Two. Toward books end I cried.
Glass rightly calls Deserter the last untold story of the Second World War, a topic on which little is spoken, or for that matter acknowledged. In fact, it's hard for any of us to imagine one hundred and fifty thousand British, Commonwealth and American troops walking off the field of battle. But, they did. And, this is the poignant story... the untold story, of all the boys thrown into the meat grinder of war who had - for reasons of their own - had enough. This is a good book.