The Mirror of Monte Cavallara

Ray Ward

When Ray Ward died in 1999, his sons discovered an old and dusty manuscript in an Afrika Korps ammunition box in the cellar of the family home in Glasgow. These papers detailed his experiences as an infantry officer during the Second World War. They present an account of an illustrious Scottish regiment's role in the British Eighth Army.
Date Published :
December 2006
Publisher :
Birlinn
Editor :
Robin Ward
Illustration :
Illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781843410317
Pages : 399
Dimensions : 9.2 X 6.15 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$20.00

Overview
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When Ray Ward died in 1999, his sons discovered an old and dusty manuscript in an Afrika Korps ammunition box in the cellar of the family home in Glasgow. These papers contained a collection of their father's memoirs, entitled "The Mirror of Monte Cavallara", which detailed his experiences as an infantry officer during the Second World War. One of his sons, Robin, undertook the mammoth task of editing and annotating the manuscript. Ray Ward joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1940 and served in the 1st Battalion throughout the war. His memoirs give vivid accounts of his time in Eritrea, Abyssinia, Egypt, the Western Desert, Sicily and Italy. Evidence of the bravery, adventure and danger that characterised this conflict, "The Mirror of Monte Cavallara" is the chronicle of one's man's war, and an account of an illustrious Scottish regiment's role in the British Eighth Army. But it is also the story of a son's discovery of his father's war-time experiences, rarely spoken about when he was alive. An artist and writer, Robin Ward brings a modern relevance and interpretive sensibility to his father's perspective of the past.

About The Author
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Ray Ward was born in Glasgow in 1916. Six months after the outbreak of the Second World War, he joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. After the war, he was a semi-professional singer, freelance writer, and school teacher in Glasgow.

Robin Ward is an architecture critic, writer and graphic designer who was born and raised in Glasgow. He studied at Glasgow School of Art and subsequently worked for the BBC in London, and in Canada, where he was architecture critic for the Vancouver Sun. He has written a number of books, including Some City Glasgow, The Spirit of Glasgow, and co-wrote Exploring Bangkok.

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