Wipers: A Soldier's Tale From the Great War

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The World War One battlefield that bulged out around Ypres, Belgium, was one of the most horrific killing grounds of the bloody, four-year conflict. Not familiar with the proper pronunciation of "Ypres," (EE-pruh), the Allied soldiers called the sector "Wipers." The Allies took thousands of casualties daily there from 1914 to 1918. Unable to break the German line, a plan was made to dig 5 miles of tunnels under No Man's Land, planting charges, and blowing up the enemy from below. This novel follows a British miner-turned-soldier and his unlikely companion: a mischievous, wisecracking soldier who was a magician in civilian life and joined the army under shady circumstances. Their struggle to survive is often tragic, yet often humorous. The story climaxes with the tunnel attack and the shocking aftermath. Ultimately, it shows war is not glorious; it ruins lives, even among those who survive.

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Jeff Simmons is a graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and College of Education. He is a former news reporter and a teacher of history, English, and mathematics. A native of Washington, West Virginia, he now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Book Description Createspace. Paperback. Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. 338 pages. Thousands of Allied casualties each day from 1914-1918 -- That was reality in the stretch of muddy trenches that bulged into German territory around the Medieval city of Ypres, Belgium. Unfamiliar with the proper pronunciation of Ypres (EE-pruh), the soldiers called it Wipers. The Germans held the high ground and the Allies suffered their wrath below. Because of the bulge, the Allies were surrounded on three sides, making it the most treacherous sector in the lines. It was also the site of the first use of weapons of mass destruction. The Allies launched a daring plan in 1915 to take the high ground by tunneling five miles of mines, planting enormous charges, then uprooting the enemy from below. When the mines went off on June 7, 1917, the blast was heard in London, more than 100 miles away. Wipers: A Soldiers Tale From the Great War, follows the adventures (and many misadventures) of a British coal miner-turned-soldier, and his unlikely companion: A wisecracking, mischievous magician who joined the army under shady circumstances. Their struggle to survive is often humorous, but ultimately tragic. It shows how war can be as devastating for survivors as it is for those who die. This item ships from La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9781442185265

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