Conflict: Canadians in WWI, A Short Story by Eric Halpenny
5 Stars: Friends in Hell
Stories from "the war to end all wars" WWI, was downplayed during my schooling if I think about it during the 80s and our limited channels ( three plus PBS), WW2 was romanticized, soft recruitment or perhaps a war that was worth fighting for, clear heroes and villains. Conflict: Canadians in WWI, A Short Story by Eric Halpenny, pens the real horrors of a battlefield in WWI, engaging us in understanding the horrific tactics of nations, and the lie that WWI was to end all wars, more like this war was advanced studies for humanity to be in perpetual bloodshed.
"Conflict: Canadians in WWI" focuses on best friends and Canadians John and Greg, John joins the fight out of patriotism and Greg joins out of friendship challenging the depths of friendship, you would follow your friend into hell. Eric manages to write scenes of pitilessness theater of operations, gas attacks, and flamethrowers; war is hell if you didn't have to go would you follow your friend out concern for your friend's safety? I was invested in John and Greg's friendship and their survival, John motivations is admirable having a mind for battle and bravery, and Greg loyalty might be the most enduring part of this book.
Canadian heroism ought to be known, "Conflict: Canadians in WWI, A Short Story" is part horrible and hopeful in the context of history and friendship. I will return to another book by Eric Halpenny "Thread and Other Stories," love when writers can master writing short stories.