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Barbed-wire blues : a blinded musician's memoir of wartime captivity, 1940-1943

Title
Barbed-wire blues : a blinded musician's memoir of wartime captivity, 1940-1943 / Bernard Harris.
Author
Burns, Wilfred, 1917-1990
Publication
Barnsley : Pen & Sword Military, 2020.

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Description
vi, 167 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (black & white); 24 cm
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Autobiographies.
  • Biographies.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Call Number
JFE 21-4252
ISBN
  • 9781526783868
  • 152678386X
OCLC
1231142852
Author
Burns, Wilfred, 1917-1990, author.
Title
Barbed-wire blues : a blinded musician's memoir of wartime captivity, 1940-1943 / Bernard Harris.
Publisher
Barnsley : Pen & Sword Military, 2020.
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary
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'.
Chronological Term
1939-1945
Research Call Number
JFE 21-4252
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