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World War II: The Autobiography

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781849012638

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A remarkable series of over 200 eye-witness accounts taken from diaries, letters, speeches, interviews and memoirs of those who were there: pilots, sailors, generals, infantrymen, war correspondents and leaders.

These include Spitfire pilot Richard Hillary’s account of bailing out of his plane in the Battle of Britain; a German sailor’s view of HMS Royal Oak being torpedoed at Scapa Flow; insights into Rommel’s ailing health from a lieutenant in the Afrika Korps; famous war correspondent Ernie Pyle’s account of GI meals during Operation Torch; Anne Frank’s recollection of the rounding up of Jews in Amsterdam; the last letters home from anonymous German soldiers in Stalingrad; the view from a Japanese cockpit over Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941; a German officer’s memories of the airborne assault on Crete in May 1941; the firestorm following the bombing of Dresden in July 1943 in the words of a German woman; a lieutenant in the 1st Airborne Divsion’s eyewitness account of the fighting in Arnhem; Martha Gellhorn on the aftermath of the Battle of the Bulge; a British tank officer crossing the German border on 28 February 1945; on the Kokoda Trail in New Guinea; an Allied intelligence officer being executed by the Japanese; the tunnels of Iwo Jima; and a kamikaze pilot’s final letter.

Reviews

Praise for the author's The British Soldier: The Autobiography [T]his thoughtful compilation . . . almost unbearably moving
Guardian
Praise for the author's The British Soldier: The Autobiography Compelling Tommy's-eye view of war.
Daily Telegraph
Praise for the author's The British Soldier: The Autobiography What a book. Five stars.
Daily Express
Praise for the author's England: The Autobiography A triumph
Saul David, author of Victoria’s Army