Bretherton: Khaki or Field-Grey?

W. F Morris

An acknowledged war classic, Under Fire follows the fortunes of a squad of French volunteers in WWI. Towards the end of the war as the Germans are in their final retreat in November 1918, a British raiding party stumbles across a strange and eerie scene in a ruined chateau, under fire. They discover a German officer lying dead at the keys, next to
Date Published :
June 2016
Publisher :
Casemate
Language:
English
Series :
Casemate Classic War Fiction
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781612003764
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 7.5 X 5.2 inches
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$14.95

Overview
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Towards the end of the war as the Germans are in their final retreat in November 1918, a British raiding party stumbles across a strange and eerie scene in a ruined chateau, under fire. Following the strains of a familiar tune, and understandably perplexed as to who would be playing the piano in the midst of shellfire, they discover a German officer lying dead at the keys, next to a beautiful woman in full evening dress, also deceased. But the officer is the spitting image of G B Bretherton, a British officer missing in action….

So follows a tale of mystery and identity, first published in 1930, which is not only an authentic account of conditions at the Front, but also a remarkable thriller, with a highly unusual plot, which won Bretherton comparisons to John Buchan and the best of the espionage writers.

John Squire, the influential editor of the London Mercury said ‘of the English war-books, undoubtedly the best is Bretherton.’ The Morning Post thought it ‘one of the best of the English war novels. I do not expect anything much better.’ The Sunday Times pinpointed its dual attraction: it was both ‘a mystery as exciting as a good detective story and an extraordinarily vivid account of trench-warfare’.

About The Author
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W. F. Morris was an English novelist best known for Bretherton. Morris served with the 13th Cycle Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment during WWI, reaching the rank of Major at 27, and was awarded the Military Cross. He wrote ten novels.

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