Lieutenant Franklin is wounded in the final phase of the Battle of Passchendaele and is recovered by strange stretcher bearer Arthur Goodkind. Processed through the casualty evacuation chain, he ends up being treated for shell-shock at the ground-breaking Craiglockhart Hospital. Christmas at home in 1917 brings its own mental anguish for Franklin.
Returned to duty in 1918, promoted to Captain & wearing a medal he cannot remember winning, he is in a clerical position reassigning troops and visits the St Quentin front area only to be caught up in the German Spring Offensive - a last chance but devastating attack which throws the British forces back. Franklin leads a motley convoy of waifs and strays of battle, old medical staff friends, reluctant deserters and French soldiers through enemy territory suffering attacks and betrayal heading towards safety in Villers Bretonneux where he falls ill again. The execution of a French mutineer does not go well. Three female victims fight their private war of revenge against perceived oppressors and a three-legged cat rescues a Tommy trapped in a cellar.
Franklin returns home to his capable sister Eleanor a shattered man hoping to leave memories of the war behind him but there are more surprises in store for him.
For continuity, this trilogy is best read in order.
(Please note: this book & Part 1 - 'Franklin and a Trench Raid' & Part 2 'Franklin on the Somme' were previously published in one bulky volume as 'Darling be Home Soon')
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