Book Review ~ Scott Bury’s “Army of Worn Soles”

5 Stars - An amazing read! Borrow, beg, or steal a copy!

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If you’re into historical fiction based in World War II—or just want a great read, period—get Scott Bury’s Army of Worn Soles.

“They shuffled ahead to where a German private had ladled soup from a barrel into small metal bowls. Fish heads floating in water, that’s what the Germans called soup for the prisoners on the eastern front.”

With that telling description of life as a Red Army POW, one can sense the despair and futility that fell upon these poor souls trapped beneath the steel heels of German aggression during World War II. In Scott Bury’s exceptional novel—based on the real-life accounts of his father-in-law, Maurice Bury, a Canadian-born Ukrainian conscripted by the Soviets—Army of Worn Soles takes you not only into enemy territory, but uncharted territory seen through human eyes: The hell of war.

Though told in novel form, historical facts are not only accurate, but shocking, tightly woven into a fast-moving story that gets to the heart of one man and his struggle to stay alive in a time where death could come at any moment. Well-written and stylish, Army of Worn Soles is as gripping as it is heartwarming—and a perfect read for World War II history buffs who thought they’d read it all.

From the back cover:

1941: Their retreat across Ukraine wore out their boots—and they kept going.

Three months after drafting him, the Soviet Red Army throws Maurice Bury, along with millions of other under-trained men, against the juggernaut of the biggest invasion in the history of warfare: Nazi Germany’s Operation Barbarossa, the assault on the USSR.

Maurice sees that his job as Lieutenant is to keep his “boys”—the men of his anti-tank unit—alive as they retreat from the unstoppable Panzers and German infantry. When they’re captured, survival becomes impossible. Their captors starve them.

Then a miracle: Maurice gets a chance to escape. He cannot leave his boys to starve. But how can twelve Red Army soldiers cross German-occupied Ukraine without being shot?