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Remarkable Journeys of the Second World War
A Collection of Untold Stories
Those who lived through the Second World War have many stories of bravery, sadness, horror, doubt and longing. Inspired by conversations with veterans following the publication of her grandfather's wartime memoir, Victoria Panton Bacon has gathered a moving collection of their experiences. Their recollections tell of a different time and reveal the courage, actions and sentiments of those whose wartime experiences changed the course of history; stories of ordinary people who lived under the long shadows cast by the war and whose young lives were changed irrevocably. Though many tales are sad, describing being sent into war and the loss of friends and family, there are also stories of joy and love found in the darkest of times. For them, war, the ultimate leveller, threw them into remarkable times, whether they were a merchant seaman, army officer, pilot, young Jewish girl, code breaker or Home Guard recruit. From one extraordinary story to the next, Remarkable Journeys of the Second World War immerses the reader in the lives of real people who lived through conflict.
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These remarkable military journeys stand to inspire the next generation. -- LT GEN (RETD) JAMES BASHALL CB CBE . . this fascinating and touching book . . . -- JOANNA LUMLEY OBE . . . a unique insight . . . -- TERRY WAITE CBE This collection of World War Two memories is a gem -- JONATHAN DIMBLEBY In Remarkable Journeys of the Second World War, Victoria Panton Bacon captures the vulnerability of the human spirit - at sea, on land and in the air. Her book is full of remarkable testimony, a series of remarkable journeys. -- SIMON PEARSON As the Second World War passes from living memory, Victoria Panton Bacon presents an extraordinary cast of characters who reveal what it was like to take part in the fight for freedom. Their stories are exciting, heart-breaking and vitally important. -- JOSHUA LEVINE Remarkable Journeys of the Second World War is an outstanding book which deserves to become a classic of the period. Victoria Panton Bacon's narrative gets up close and personal to her truly remarkable interviewees. Her sympathy for and interaction with these individuals creates honest and gripping revelations. -- EDWARD WILSON