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My wife and I are of an age (helped by being born of parents in their late 40s) where we both had fathers who served in WWI; mine with the American Expeditionary Forces, and Marg's with the Imperial German Army.
I had thought to write a novel around their collective stories, but dad served in the Argonne Forest and Chateau Thierry while my father-in-law was a soldier in northern France and Belgium.
The idea was reborn one day while gazing at the cenotaph erected in my favorite place, St. Joseph Island, Ontario, to the memory of the boys from there who died serving for the Canadian Expeditionary Forces. Those young men gave up their youth in battles like Ypres, Vimy Ridge, and Passchendaele; places well known to Marg's father.
So... the stories of the Algoma 119th Infantry Battalion of the CEF and the German 238th Infantry Battalion will be the setting for my next novel. As usual in my historical novels, dates, places, and historical events will be adhered to the extent the plot line will allow. It's my hope that the reader will come away with a sense of what went on in those years as well as having been entertained with a good story.
I'll try to keep the books progress posted on my Facebook page and off the News Feed.
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