The Black Jackals

The Black Jackals

Book - 2011
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The start of a brand new WWII series from Iain Gale, author of Alamein.

A masterly portrayal of World War Two heroism, with vivid action and stirring personal journeys.

A small team of soldiers, left behind to cover the British retreat, are ordered to blow the bridge as late as possible to stem the German tank pursuit. Although successful, the operation kills desperate refugees fleeing the scene. Who will be made to face the court-martial: the men carrying out the orders or their commanding officer?

This is only the first of many dilemmas that Peter Lamb and his troop must face during the chaotic first months of World War Two. After becoming cut off from the rest of their regiment, and assigned a mission that takes them deep into France behind the fast-moving enemy lines, the cracks begin to appear.

In these unexpected, tense circumstances, Lamb's men face internal struggles, taking their focus off both their French allies and the German enemy.

Black Jackals shows how men react to the challenges of war, and gives a fresh and fascinating picture of the frontlines.

Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2011.
ISBN: 9780007278640
Branch Call Number: FICTION GAL
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 22, 2013

10/08 - This was a fictional account of a real WWII battle. When I first started reading I was under the impression that other than WWII and the British, French and German armies fighting each other nothing was historically accurate. I was pleasantly surprised to read in the historical note that pretty much every thing except Lamb and his men and their mission were taken from accurate historical accounts, instead of Gale's imagination as I had originally assumed. I was a little suspicious of the likelihood of the British Army taking a female civilian along with them, retreating backwards from the frontline, moving house to house. Maybe there are reports of civilians being rescued in this way, I don't know I haven't done any research, but it seemed to me that it might be a plot device to provide an extra bit of tension and personality to Lamb, instead of a realistic account. It turns out this is the start of a series featuring Lieutenant Peter Lamb and I'm interested to go on reading about his experiences through the rest of WWII.

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