The events described in Shearer’s book occurred during World War II near the war’s end, prior to and just after December 1, 1944, and shortly before the Battle of Bulge. Military personnel, locations, battles, and sequences of events have not been altered for the sake of the narrative, and soldiers’ names, who were engaged in the battle, are accurate. However, Shearer’s use of subjective thoughts and conversations that offer transition and personalized contexts, though fictional, heighten the human element and remind us again of the horror of war and its effect upon human life.
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Published by Stephen F. Austin University Press