As You Were : The Tragedy at Valcartier (Paperback)

Author: Fostaty, Gerry

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Publisher Utp Distribution
Mfg Part# 9780864926487
SKU 219377697
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0864926480
Release Date 4/1/2011
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 0.75T
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Editors Note SUMMER, 1974 ? Six teenaged boys died and fifty-four were injured in an explosion on a Canadian Forces Base in Valcartier, Quebec. A live grenade inadvertently made its way into a box of dud ammunition, and its pin was pulled during a lecture on explosives safety. One hundred and forty boys survived, each isolated in their trauma, yet expected to carry on with their lives. Thirty-four years later, Gerry Fostaty, who was an 18-year-old sergeant that summer and one of the first on the scene after the explosion, received an unexpected e-mail from his former sergeant-major, triggering a journey into memory, a quest for a true picture of what had happened on that day. In As You Were, Fostaty pieces together the story of how a series of preventable mistakes led to tragedy. The only full account of an event that received minor attention at the time, As You Were is the story of a normal day turned horrific, how duty, responsibility, and honour make ordinary people take extraordinary measures, and how an embarrassed military did their best to ignore this devastating incident.
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