Barbed-Wire Blues


A Blinded Musician’s Memoir of Wartime Captivity 1940-1943

By: Bernard Harris
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Hardback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781526783868
Published: 30th November 2020
RRP / Print Price: £19.99

Current purchase price:
£19.99

Barbed-Wire Blues

As the author, a young Army bandsman lies wounded at the Battle of Corinth, he is shot between the eyes at point blank range. Miraculously he survives but is blinded. In a makeshift hospital a young Greek volunteer saves his life with slices of boiled egg. Captured Allied medics later restore the sight in one eye.

In this moving and entertaining memoir Bernard describes daily life in POW camps in Greece and Germany. He established a theatrical group and an orchestra who perform to fellow POWs and their German guards. A superb raconteur, as well as a gifted musician, the author’s anecdotes are memorably amusing. Bernard was repatriated via Sweden in late 1943.

While blinded in one eye and seriously wounded, the author was told by his New Zealand doctor, fellow POW and musician John Borrie, ‘When nothing else will do, music will always lift one up’. Barbed Wire Blues’ inspirational, ever optimistic tone will surely have the same effect on its readers.

 

 




Some books that may interest you

Fallschirmjager: German Paratroopers - 1937-1941
Fallschirmjager: German Paratroopers - 1937-1941
By: François Cochet

The Royal Army Medical Corps in the Great War
The Royal Army Medical Corps in the Great War
By: Timothy McCracken

The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War
By: Anthony Tucker-Jones

Fighting the Bombers
Fighting the Bombers
By: Josef Kammhuber
Edited by: David C Isby

Maximinus Thrax
Maximinus Thrax
By: Paul N Pearson

Hero of the Empire
Hero of the Empire
By: Candice Millard

Warwick in the Great War
Warwick in the Great War
By: Graham Sutherland

Test Pilots of the Jet Age
Test Pilots of the Jet Age
By: Colin Higgs, Bruce Vigar

35 Days In The Air
35 Days In The Air
By: Michael R. Carestio, Timothy D. Minneci



Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the book you are looking for.
Advanced Search

Information
Contact Us

Disclosure: Military History books are affiliates of the suppliers on this website and will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.


123 Reg - Jargon-free products that make it easy for anyone to get their business online.