Fiction

Thanksgiving Day

Watching an American TV documentary on the Second World War, I am both horrified and fascinated as the carnage of trench warfare explodes on the screen. A kaleidoscope of death and destruction, punctuated by the rat-tat of machine-gun fire and the terrible cries of the injured, it is a disturbing reminder of my girlhood years. The grainy black-and-white coverage on the screen is replaced by the present-day head-and-shoulders image of a frail elderly man. Prompted by the interviewer, he speaks with raw emotion about his experiences in the war zones, tells of a fellow soldier whose head was blown off…

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