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At Waregem

At Waregem

The Last Weeks of World War One

By (author) Ivan Petrus


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  • Waregem is the only place in Belgium that has a cemetery for the American Soldiers who died in World War One: Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial, with the graves of 368 American soldiers
  • A graphic novel with realistic drawings and a factual background
  • Depicts the devastating last weeks of the First World War in Waregem and the surrounding area
Full Description
When the trainee journalists, Jim and Sophia, are given a new assignment, they explore Waregem in search of inspiration. They quickly become fascinated by the stories of the city during the First World War. Jim and Sophia discover that, although Waregem had been relatively quiet for four years, the liberation left a trail of destruction in its wake. The story of an eleven-year-old boy who, out of childish curiosity, detonated a cannon shell - with dramatic consequences - fills them with horror. They find the diary of a survivor and read about Sergeant Paul Smithhisler, who tried to swim across the River Scheldt after all the bridges had been blown up. Follow in Jim and Sophia's footsteps and reconstruct the last weeks of the First World War in and around Waregem through the experiences of ten soldiers.
About the Author
Ivan Petrus is a graphic artist who has worked on a wide range of graphic novels, animated films and theatre productions. The First World War is his great passion. He is the director of The Small Steps in a Great War and a contributor to Cher-Ami, a graphic novel and theatre performance. At Waregem follows The Nieuport Gathering, Elsie & Mairi and The Last Braedy and is the concluding instalment of his historical graphic novel quartet about the First World War in Belgium.
Lannoo Publishers
17th Jan 2019
270 mm x 220 mm
128 Pages
700 color, b&w
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