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An Eagle in the Snow

Michael Morpurgo

Morpurgo’s (War Horse 2007) gripping historical tale is loosely based on a real British soldier who may have spared Adolf Hitler’s life during WWI. The story is told in flashbacks as a boy named Barney and his mother flee Coventry, England after their home is bombed in 1940. Another passenger joins them in their compartment and tells them about his friend, Billy Byron who was the most decorated British private of WWI. He describes the soldier’s lingering guilt because as far as he's concerned WWII is his fault. Billy has been haunted by the fact that during the previous war he let a German soldier go rather than shooting him. Later he learned that the young soldier was none other than Adolf Hitler. Billy felt he made a moral decision but was it the right one?