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Dawn of Victory, Thank You China! (Hardback)

Star Shell Reflections 1918 – 1919

WWI Memoirs 1918

By Jim Maultsaid
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 348
ISBN: 9781526712707
Published: 17th July 2017

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'This inspiring and thought-provoking new book, together with the other two in the Great War trilogy, is a unique and noteworthy addition to the literature on WWI' - H.E. Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland 

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Jim Maultsaid’s third and final book, The Dawn of Victory, Thank You China! is based on his service with the 169 Chinese Labour Corps (CLC) between 1918 – 1919.

There were 96,000 Chinese volunteers in the CLC and their achievements have gone largely unrecognised for 100 years. As Jim Maultsaid’s diaries and drawings vividly testify, they made a stupendous and lasting contribution both during and in the aftermath of The Great War. He writes ‘Never did I see human beings work as we worked those Chinese boys of ours’. In all weathers, the Chinese turned their hands to every kind of task, initially keeping the wheels of war turning and after the Armistice clearing the debris of war and recovering the tens of thousands of anonymous dead.

Maultsaid’s down-to-earth prose and superb drawings capture the unique nature of the CLC’s efforts. His admiration for their stoic, indeed heroic efforts is obvious and, thanks to the preservation of these unique diaries, the coolies who toiled so tirelessly can at last receive long overdue credit.

The author/artist served for over five years and was there to say goodbye and thank you to all those who served in his unit.

A fine work. 8/10

The Great War magazine, November 2017 – reviewed by Mark Marsay

This book, the final volume in a series of three, is an absolute delight packed, as it is, with insightful commentary, finely drawn sketches and nicely observed vignettes of army life during 1918 – a year that started in crisis and ended in victory for the allied armies. Unusually for such books, it succeeds in entertaining the reader without shying away from the horrors that blighted so many families touched by the war. For those who are looking for an alternative to the depressing narrative of futility, death and devastation that will no doubt characterise media coverage next year then this book will serve very well.

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Phil Curme, WFA

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This is a unique perspective of a number of aspects of WWI that have received little or no attention at the time, or by historians since then. The author has provided many cartoons and drawings that have been reproduced through the body of the book, using full colour as appropriate – Highly Recommended.

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About Jim Maultsaid

Jim Maultsaid was born in Pennsylvania in 1893 to Irish parents who returned to Donegal. Although he left school at 13 he was naturally gifted at both writing and drawing. Despite being an American citizen he joined the British Army in 1914. He was badly wounded on the First Day of the Somme (1 July 1916). Unfit for further active duty, he was commissioned in 1917 and worked with the Chinese Labour Corps until early 1920.

In the post-years he expanded the notes and sketches made in France into these unique Diaries.

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