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Generals Die in Bed (1930)

by Charles Yale Harrison

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A short memoir of a Canadian soldier in the trenches of World War 1. Full of the horror and futility of old style fighting with the carnage of new style weapons. No wonder they called WW1 the war to end all wars. Well, they did for 20 years or so, anyway.
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  mbmackay | Dec 12, 2016 |
Originally published in 1930, this searing novel by a Canadian veteran of the Western front vividly depicts the horrors of trench warfare. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
A Canadian story first released in 1930. The author was 20 years old when he was shipped to the Western Front. A "nasty" and harrowing story without any feeling of mateship or comradeship that always seems to come out in stories by the Australian diggers. This story has has a much more lonely feeling to it, with everyone for himself. Although it purports to be a fictional account of WW1 it is based very much on the authors own experiences. There are graphic descriptions of living conditions for the soldiers
eg.: lice more of an enemy than the Germans
descriptions of very fat rats
descriptions of the soldier's injuries and illnesses (& the assorted cures)
scenes involving the camp followers/prostitutes ( )
  Rhondda | Sep 25, 2008 |
Great description of life in the trenches during WWI. Blows away all patriotic notions of the valour of fighting for ones country. ( )
  tezz | Jan 18, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0919676022, Paperback)

Drawing on his own experiences in the First World War, Charles Yale Harrison tells a stark and poignant story of a young man sent to fight on the Western Front. It is an unimaginably harrowing journey, especially for one not yet old enough to vote. In sparse but gripping prose, Harrison conveys a sense of the horror of life in the trenches. Here is where soldiers fight and die, entombed in mud, surrounded by rats and lice, forced to survive on insufficient rations. Harrison captures the only kind of humour possible under the circumstances of life on the Western Front - dark and sardonic, a mingling of comedy and horror.

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A young soldier with the Canadian forces questions the meaning of heroism, of truth, and of good and evil as he describes life in the trenches during World War I.

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Annick Press

4 editions of this book were published by Annick Press.

Editions: 1550377302, 1554510740, 1554510732, 1550377310

Penguin Australia

An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.

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