By Andrew Clark
Harold Pringle used to be underage whilst the second one global warfare broke out, desirous to go away quiet Flinton, Ontario, to serve by means of his father’s facet. yet few who volunteered to struggle “the strong struggle” learned what horror lay forward; quickly Pringle came across himself in Italy, combating at the bloody “Hitler Line,” the place two-thirds of his corporation have been killed. Shell-shocked, he launched into a sad, ultimate direction that culminated in a suspect homicide conviction.
His charm was once reviewed by means of the top degrees of presidency, correct as much as best minister King. yet inner most Pringle was once positioned to demise -- the single soldier the Canadians achieved within the complete of the second one global conflict. His personal countrymen conducted the orders, forbidden to move domestic sooner than finishing this final ugly task, even if the battle had ended. The Pringle dossier was once closed and stayed that manner for 50 years -- until eventually Andrew Clark exposed it and started a two-year research on Pringle’s existence within the army.
A willing Soldier is a true-life army detective tale that indicates one other aspect of what many think of our proudest army crusade. Andrew Clark examines the fallout of a problem that disfigured our nationwide sense of right and wrong and maintains to elevate questions about the ethics of conflict. And he does so with eloquence and a deep compassion, not just for his topic yet for all wartime squaddies -- even the boys who accomplished Pringle and the officer who gave the order to fire.
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