The Eastern Front trilogy


The Eastern Front trilogy comprises three books about the true-life experiences of Maurice Bury, a Canadian-born Ukrainian living in Soviet-occupied Ukraine when Nazi Germany invaded in  1941.

Book 1: Army of Worn Soles

Memoir in novel form

A Canadian is drafted into the Soviet Red Army in 1941, just in time to be thrown against Nazi Germany’s invasion in Operation Barbarossa. Caught in the vise of the Nazi and Communist forces, Maurice Bury concentrates on keeping his men alive as they retreat across Ukraine from the German juggernaut. Now the question is: will they escape from the hell of the POW camp before they starve to death.

“Full of heart and indomitable spirit”—Joy Lorton, reader and reviewer

Walking Out of War is a well-written and powerful read, and a difficult one. The violence and war crimes are startling, and Bury, being a master at his craft, effectively paints mental pictures. He doesn’t linger on vile acts, however; he isn’t gratuitous. But he is a vivid writer and skilled at choosing the right verbs and adjectives to bring his prose to life, where the reader can visualize scenes as if watching them on film. “—Elise Stokes, Goodreads reviewer

“A very compelling read.”—Frederick Brooke, Goodreads reviewer

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Book 2: Under the Nazi Heel

A memoir in novel form—2016

Canadian-born Maurice Bury was drafted into the Red Army  in 1941. Captured and starved in a POW camp, he escaped and made his way home to Ukraine, where the Nazi occupiers starved the locals to make “living space” for themselves.

Maurice joins the secret resistance. He soon finds the Germans are not the only enemy.

First Place winner of the East Texas Writers Guild First Chapter Award  —  Nonfiction/Memoir.

Maurice and his men are up against Soviet spies, the Polish Home Army and enemies even closer to home.

Experience this seldom seen phase of World War 2 through the eyes of a man who fought and survived Under the Nazi Heel.

“If you read one book this year, this is the one.”—Caleb Pirtle, Venture Galleries

“I found the action of the story to sound very accurate and highly recommend this to any reader who enjoys stories of World War II.”—author Bob Nailor

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Book 3: Walking Out of War

A memoir in novel form, 2017

Ukraine, 1944: After the Soviets burned the Ukrainian city of Ternopyl to the ground to crush the stubborn Nazi occupiers, they rounded up every remaining Ukrainian man around for the Red Army’s final push on Germany. Maurice Bury, Canadian citizen, Ukrainian resistance fighter and intelligence officer, is thrust once again into the death struggle between Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s USSR.

Fighting across the Baltics in the autumn of 1944 is tough and bloody. Then the Red Army enters Germany, where they’re no longer liberators—they’re the long-feared Communist horde, bent on destruction, rape and revenge. The Communists are determined to wipe Nazism from the face of the earth. And the soldiers want revenge for Germany’s brutal invasion and occupation.

Maurice has determined his only way out of this hell is to survive until Nazi Germany dies, and then move home to Canada. But to do that, he’ll have to not only walk out of war, but elude Stalin’s dreaded secret police.

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“Full of heart and indomitable spirit”—Joy Lorton, reader and reviewer

Walking Out of War is a well-written and powerful read, and a difficult one. The violence and war crimes are startling, and Bury, being a master at his craft, effectively paints mental pictures. He doesn’t linger on vile acts, however; he isn’t gratuitous. But he is a vivid writer and skilled at choosing the right verbs and adjectives to bring his prose to life, where the reader can visualize scenes as if watching them on film. “—Elise Stokes, Goodreads reviewer

“A very compelling read.”—Frederick Brooke, Goodreads reviewer

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