Sharpening the Blade

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Sambiase Books, Nov 1, 2019 - Fiction - 292 pages

In 1916 the Canadians’ rough edges were being honed off.

 

First, in February, there is the tragic loss of the Parliament Buildings’ Centre Block by a suspicious fire. Then, in May, Lieutenant-General Alderson’s leaked memo damning the Ross Rifle ignites a political firestorm. After the Canadian Corps’ disaster at the St. Eloi carters, it doesn’t take long for Major-General Sam Hughes to replace Alderson with Lieutenant-General Julian Byng. Within days, the Corps is struck by a devastating blow at Mount Sorrel. In October, Sir Robert Borden tires of crossing swords with his mercurial minister of Militia and Defence issues a do what you are told ultimatum! A defiant Hughes quits.

 

At the sharp end, Major Llewellyn and his men continue to learn the use of the hand grenade, the rifle, and the bayonet as they are grounded in the terrible carnage at St. Eloi, Mount Sorrel, and the maw of the Somme. Gunner Paul Ryan will have to live with the tragic mistake as his shells decimate his own countrymen. Matron Samantha Lonsdale continues to use all her skills to put back the pieces of men torn apart by devastating new weapons. In the fall, Lonsdale is sent to Russia, where she is soon plunged into the Russian Revolution.

 

By the year’s end, they have been sharpened to a razor’s edge.

 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
29
Section 4
35
Section 5
53
Section 6
62
Section 7
74
Section 8
87
Section 17
149
Section 18
158
Section 19
166
Section 20
178
Section 21
184
Section 22
196
Section 23
211
Section 24
220

Section 9
93
Section 10
97
Section 11
108
Section 12
112
Section 13
117
Section 14
119
Section 15
130
Section 16
141
Section 25
233
Section 26
242
Section 27
249
Section 28
255
Section 29
267
Section 30
272
Section 31
280
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