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The D-Day Dodger Paperback – 26 Jul 2006


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Laundry Cottage Books (26 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955060125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955060120
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,161,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An autobiography of Albert F Darlington.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By theunknownwarriors.co.uk on 6 April 2009
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When World War Two broke out, Albert Darlington was only 13 years old, keen to get in the thick of the action, he decided his only option was to head to Avonmouth from his home town of Birmingham and try and get on board a ship as a cabin boy. Despite his best efforts this came to nothing and after two trips was stumped. However, a few years later when he was 16, he pretended he was 18 and got away with it, and soon found himself on a train in North Africa, heading to sail to Italy from Egypt, and to become what Lady Astor in the House of Commons famously called them 'A D-Day Dodger' as part of a light infantry regiment the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshires. Albert soon found out the only thing he would be dodging was bullets, mortars, hand grenades and any other high explosive the Germans could get their hands on. The writing is fast paced and very humourous in places, like when he describes a 'night out' in Egypt, or when he comes face to face with 'Fritz' and has to take him prisoner. This contrasts with the often very sad and disturbing memories of seeing his best mates killed in front of him, and reading of nightmare scenarios, which most of us today are lucky never to have to witness.

If your looking for an in depth book about World War Two strategies and battle plans then this book is not for you, however if you are more interested in what it must have been like for a young soldier at the front, then this is a perfect choice. It's suitable for a wide audience. I also think it could become very popular with teenage lads, who think reading is 'boring', because theres nothing boring about this teenagers experiences and it will have them gripped from page 1.
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By jan bailey on 14 July 2014
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One really good book. This author attends the same fitness class that I do. I was amazed at all he has gone through. Well done al.
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By Milita Webb on 17 May 2011
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A gift. Was enjoyed
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