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Shot at Dawn: World War I is a historical fiction book written for the I Am Canada series by John Wilson. It was first published in February 2011 and released in French the following October. The book was followed by Hugh Brewster's Deadly Voyage.

Dedication

"In memory of Private S/14143, Richard Symons Hay, 7th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. Killed in action, 25th September, 1915, Battle of Loos, France"

Book description

"Shells were landing all along the barbed-wire entanglements in front of us, throwing up great fountains of earth, shattered wooden stakes and tangles of wire. Heavier guns were targeting the strongpoints behind us. We huddled down as low as possible in the bottom of the trench as the ground heaved and clods of earth flew through the air. The sound was a physical presence — a hammer beating constantly in my head.
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Allen McBride has fought in some of WWI's bloodiest battles. He has seen his comrades, and his best friend, killed. But tonight he waits in a shed outside Amiens, accused of desertion, to discover if dawn will bring a last-minute reprieve — or execution by firing squad.
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"Les obus tombaient sur la ligne de barbelés tendus devant nose tranchlées, faisant jaillir de grandes gerbes de terre, de débris de bois et de barbelés emmêlés. Ailleurs, des canons plus puissants visaient nos fortifications situées à l'arrière de notre ligne de front. On aurait dit que Dieu était en colère contre la Terre entière et avait décidé qu'aucune créature ne méritait de vivre plus longtemps. Et pourtant, au fond de notre tranchée, nous étions en sécurité tant que nous n'étion pa touchés directement. Le bruit me traversait le corps. C'était comme si un marteau tapait sans arrêt sur mon crâne.
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Allan McBride a participé à des batailles parmi les plus sanglantes de la Première Guerre mondiale. Ses compagnons d'armes, dont son meilleur ami, sont morts sous ses yeux. Un soir, non loin d'Amiens, Allan attend dans une cabane. Il est accusé de désertion. À l'aube, il saura si sa peine sera communée ou s'il devra se présenter devant le peloton d'exécution.
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Plot

Characters

Main article: List of Shot at Dawn characters

Author

Main article: John Wilson

Editions

Acknowledgements

"The publisher wishes to thank Dr. Desmond Morton, author of Marching to Armageddon, A Military History of Canada, and When Your Number's Up: The Canadian Solider in the First World War, for sharing his historical expertise, and Barbara Hehner for her careful checking of the factual details."

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