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DROPPED IN IT autobiography of a Cotswold Boy/WWII Arnhem Veteran [Kindle Edition]

Colin Hall , Deborah K. Hall
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Colin Hall was born in 1921 and narrowly escaped being flung into a river as a newborn baby. He was rescued and adopted to live his childhood in the beauty of the Cotswolds in the village of Broadway. The idyllic upbringing ended abruptly with the tragic death of his adoptive mother and his father re-marrying in haste with sour consequences.

By 1939, as the Second World began, Colin aged 17 was comitted to full time military service after being tricked into uniform just a few months before. After four years in the RASC, Colin trained with the Parachute regiment in the 10th battalion of the 1st Airborne Division. Here he made many great friendships and sadly lost many others when posted to Arnhem to take part in one of the bloodiest battles of WWII, Operation Market Garden. Colin was injured, captured and imprisoned - at the notorious Stalag XI-B - and watched many more friends and colleagues suffer and die through the winter of 1944-5.

This true story continues with Colin's exploits after the war in trying to build a life for himself and family - first in the Forest of Dean and later in South London running a chain of wallpaper shops.

Colin never forgets that he is lucky to be alive and throughout all his hardships he bears no grudges but shows a determination to 'just get on with it'.

This heart warming biography concludes in describing his quest to track down his natural parents who abandoned him at birth, as well as his return to both Holland and Germany to confront the dark memories of the war.

Colin Hall's life story shows a journey of an ordinary working man through the twentieth century without complaint or bitterness and the honestly expressed thoughts and feelings of a reluctant soldier who had nothing but his own sense of spirit to face adversity. This is the second edition of 'Dropped In It' as an eBook. This edition contains black and white photos taken from the author's family albums.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2005 KB
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047O2F0S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #380,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Avidreader. York 16 Jan. 2011
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I started reading this book after Geoffrey Wellams Morning Light and was flabergasted at the contrasts. A very difficult start in life for poor Colin, thrown into battle by the elite on a parachute and rifle at Arnhem whilst Geoffrey is given a super aeroplane and can go home every evening before being lorded as a member of the "few" Todays society is little different with the rich getting all the goodies whilst the poor get all the blame. My review has got off the point but thats strength of feeling, this is a damn good read try it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely account of a decent man's life 19 July 2012
By joannes
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More a life story of a man who happened to serve in ww2 and arnhem 1944. Very enjoyable nonetheless and generally uplifting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dropped in it 14 Jan. 2013
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A great read. Would recommend it. One of the best first hand accounts ,on Arnhem I have ever read. Thanks
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not remotely interesting, forgettable. 18 Nov. 2010
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With respect to the author and reviewers alike, i can see no justification for giving this five stars and putting it up on par with some of the great World War Two literature or for it being an Arnhem account of battle, which i feel it leads one to believe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DROPPED IN IT autobiography of a Cotswold Boy/WWII Arnhem Veteran 3 Oct. 2012
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Very inspiring book. I visited several of the Normandy sights this summer as well as the Arnhem bridge from "A Bridge Too Far" and it is hard to believe what the veterans of World War II went through to protect our freedom. They were very courageous and we should never forget what they sacrificed.
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