Ghosts Have Warm Hands: A Memoir of the Great War 1916-1919 - Will R. BirdNepean: CEF Books, 1997, Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine.
Includes: Maps; Glossary;
From the cover: “Ghosts Have Warm Hands is one of the most powerful memoirs ever written about the First World War. The Author, Will Bird of Amherst, Nova Scotia, served from 1916-1919 with the 42nd Battalion, The Black Watch of Canada. He fought at Vimy, Passchendaele, where men attacked in 3 feet of mud, at Amiens, Arras, and Cambrai. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery during the capture of Mons on the last night of the war.
What makes Ghosts Have Warm Hands so remarkable is its incredible detail of the day-to-day lives of the soldiers who suffered in the trenches and his insight into the horrors and confusion of the battles, where so many of his friends died. His experiences were not only physical, but also ethereal. More than once he was visited by the spirit of his beloved brother, who had been killed in 1915. Stephen was Will’s Guardian Angel.
Will Bird wrote that under the stresses of the Great War Every human emotion ran its full gamut… and prolonged tensity of feeling wrought strange psychological changes which warped the soul itself… Unconsciously there were born faiths that carried over through critical moments, and tortured minds gripped fantasies that served in place of more solid creeds.”