The first novel to dramatize the personal and national experiences of both the Germans and the Allies of World War Two.
James Bacque’s novel, Our Fathers’ War combines five separate love stories, of three brave young Germans, a young English noble-woman, a French resistance fighter, and four young Canadians whose lives are forever changed by the gigantic events that began with the Second World War on September 1, 1939. Adolf Hitler, German Chancellor, Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, Josef Stalin, Soviet dictator, and Franklin Roosevelt, U.S President, are all major characters in this vivid novel which, like a great wine, unites several strains in one enthralling whole.
Hardcover edition, published in 2006, by Exile Editions, Toronto. 628 pages, list of characters. ISBN 1-55096-635-9 CA $35.00 Autographed by the author. Shipping in North America included.
The oil sketch on the book jacket, by Private F.T.V. Savard of the Hamilton-based Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, shows the burning of the German town of Friesoythe in April, 1944, an incident dramatized in the novel.
Friesoythe was burned because the Canadian General thought one of his officers had been shot by a civilian sniper after the town had surrendered.
Another sketch by Savard is of a dead German paratrooper.