A wonderfully worthwhile read! Barnes induces deep and meaningful understanding of human nature in this well documented history from World War 1. The utterly absorbing tale delves deep into the hearts and minds of men of the trenches on both sides of the Siegfried Line as it wavers back and forth under oft-times inept leadership, at a dreadful cost of human life. He paints indelible mind pictures of men under pressure both physically and emotionally. This heady insight into the tribulations of the time brings us characters we understand as if kin.
A worthy piece of work in every aspect of tale telling.
historian, novelist, biographer
Richard Whitten Barnes is a native Chicagoan, graduating as a chemist from Michigan State University. He is now retired from a career in international chemical sales and marketing, which has taken him all over the world. Barnes is a veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and an avid sailor. He lives in Lake Wylie, S.C., but spends summers with his wife Marg and dog Sparty at their cottage on St. Joseph Island, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Huron.