Into the Blizzard
Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland DeadBook - 2014
"In Michael Winter's words: ""So much has already been said about the Newfoundland Regiment and I don't want to rehash the existing record. Instead, the story here is the author following the trail of the regiment, visiting the places in England and Scotland where they trained, and then Gallipoli and France and Belgium where they fought, and finally Newfoundland where the survivors returned. At the centre of the story is July 1, 1916 and the battle at Beaumont Hamel, and at the heart of that is a man, Tommy Ricketts, who was the youngest-ever winner of the Victoria Cross in the British army, and who is a Newfoundlander."" The evocative title, Into the Blizzard , is a quote from one of the witnesses to the sight of the young men walking into the storm of firepower at the Somme. It also evokes experiences that are part of living in Newfoundland then and now--being out on the ice or in the outports, where blinding snowstorms can arise quickly and without warning--experiences that Michael describes as he searches for the stories of the lost young men.The subtitle, ""Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland Dead,"" references how Michael has followed the lives--literally w
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2014.
Branch Call Number: 940.4272 WINTE
Characteristics: 339 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 22 cm.