One Soldier's Story, 1939-1945

One Soldier's Story, 1939-1945

From the Fall of Hong Kong to the Defeat of Japan

Book - 2002
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This is the story of a seventeen year old boy who ran away from home to join the Canadian Army at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. It describes the fateful adventures of two regiments dispatched to the Pacific to face the Japanese, and the courage of two thousand young soldiers who, when faced with an impossible task thousands of miles from home, behaved with honour and distinction. Though they lost the battle of Hong Kong, they succeeded in showing the world the mettle of which they were made.

Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Group, c2002
ISBN: 9781550024081
Branch Call Number: 940.548171 MacD
Characteristics: 202 p. : ill., map


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Apr 28, 2012

George MacDonnell joined the Royal Rifles when he was seventeen and served for 79 months, much of that time as a prisoner of war of the Japanese. He advanced very quickly through the ranks and was a commanding officer by the time he was nineteen. This account of the war years and his life after leaving the forces is a quick read. He has written an account that does not dwell on all the horrible things he witnessed and endured during his prison years, but still manages to convey the sense of the terrible times they were. He went on to serve Canada in various governmental posts culminating in his role as Deputy Minister. No heroics here but a straightforward account of his life as he lived it.

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