Heard Amid the Guns
True Stories from the Western Front, 1914-1918
About the Book
A rich and varied tapestry of the First World War, highlighting the personal stories of over 150 men and women from across North America who served overseas.
After receiving a bundle of worn letters written by her late grandfather George “Black Jack” Vowel during the First World War, journalist Jacqueline Carmichael became fascinated with the daily realities and personal stories of those who had lived through that pivotal and harrowing period in history. Reaching beyond the battlefield descriptions found in most history books, Carmichael presents unforgettable accounts filled with drama, hope, and heartbreak culled from journals and letters of Allied soldiers and nurses.
From tales of men “shot at dawn” under charges of desertion or cowardice, to women cross-dressing to get into battle, to a Canadian Member of Parliament whose PTSD-induced death was barely acknowledged by Ottawa for nearly a century, Heard Amid the Guns reflects the human face of war. Featuring profiles of people from every Canadian province and many American states, including soldiers of Indigenous, Asian, Indo-Canadian, and African-Canadian and -American backgrounds, this book is a touching tribute illustrated throughout by WWI-era photos, postcards, documents, and the author’s contemporary photos from battlefield sites and monuments.
—Halifax Chronicle Herald
—Mark Zuehlke, author of the 14-volume Canadian Battle Series and winner of the Governor General's Pierre Berton Award for Popular History
—Susan Raby-Dunne, author of Morrison: The Long-Lost Memoir of Canada's Artillery Commander in the Great War and John McCrae: Beyond Flanders Fields
—Alan Livingstone MacLeod, author of From Rinks to Regiments: Hockey Hall-of-Famers and the Great War and Remembered in Bronze and Stone: Canada’s Great War Memorial Statuary
—The Ormsby Review
—BC Books for BC Schools