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An Average War - Eighth Army to Red Army
Describing any war as average is a strange expression, and there is certainly nothing average about this fascinating memoir from author and cartoonist Mike Peyton. Like thousasnds of others he gave an incorrect age to get into the army, worried that the war would be over before he could join in. Once in, he fought in the Western Desert until taken prisoner and transported first to Italy and then to Germany. In Germany he saw the Allied bombing of Dresden. He was initially sympathetic towards those in the city, but this was accompanied by the thought that "it serves the bastards right". He escaped and walked East, eventually joining up with the Russian Red Army and fighting with them for the rest of his war.
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"Casually illuminating ... so full of bizare incident that it is hard to know where to start. Some of it is chillingly, and killingly, funny. Death was an accepted lottery and Peyton shows how cheerfully men despatched the enemy when they got the chance." (Tony Clements, Daily Telegraph "There is nothing average about this fascinating memoir. Although much of the content is necessarily grim, Peyton relates his experiences with a light, often funny, touch. This serves to play down what must have been horific incidents in many cases." Sheila Weber, The Northern Echo; 'This book is a memoir of a far from average experience of World War II. From hearing the declaration of war in a bicycle shop, experiences of joining up and then to the desert war and on to a PoW camp, this is an infantry man's account of life and death as must have been experienced by many on both sides. Later shipped to Germany and liberated by the advancing Russians, the author writes with an authentic recall of events and of friends lost and made... a worm's eye view of army life in wartime and a very good read.' (Little Ship Club).