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A Desert Rats Scrapbook: Cairo to Berlin 1940-1945 [Paperback]

Roger Fogg
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12 Mar 2010
A Desert Rats Scrapbook

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (12 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752455753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752455754
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is richly illustrated with scenes from the various theatres of war and stands as a testament to the indomitability of two young men. --Good Book Guide, March 2010

The reader is taken on an emotional journey through France, Belgium, Holland and onto Germany itself with jokes and amusing stories told along the way. --Cornish Guardian, February 2010

This is a great book which allows the photographs to tell the story. --Burton Mail, March 2010

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4.0 out of 5 stars View from the Ranks 10 May 2010
There are plenty of books about World War II and the North African campaign, but this one has a nice personal feel to it. Compiled by Roger Fogg, son of one of the soldiers featured, it follows a couple of Desert Rats from their initial training, through North Africa and Italy to the ultimate 1945 destination (for the Allies) of Berlin. It's not done in any great detail, but the snippets of personal stories are accompanied by a wealth of pictures, most of them snapshots taken by Desert Rats of each other in the desert and through Europe. Also things like a list of Do's and Don't's for newly arrived soldiers dealing with Tunisians.
The 'big picture' of warfare is all very well in its own right, but life in the ranks is equally fascinating, and this informal scrapbook (as the title suggests) gives a more personal story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Rats 28 May 2010
Personal memories are rarely recorded of events like War. Things move too quickly for photographs or too slowly to be interesting enough to record. To be left with the photographs and to be able to speak first hand to a living witness is a rarity.
Roger's account of his father's experiences and those of his mother to be are close enough to the originals to be nearly a first hand account.
With the photographs to tell the story the words are only a guide to identify the personalities and locations. Stories told of time home on leave, the background information of the lives being lived back in England and the bigger picture snapshots all help to tell the tale and make it more of as personal history.
A rare angle on a War disappearing into the past. Such personal stories and details must be preserved, well done Roger Fogg.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Benghazi to Berlin 2 May 2010
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What really I liked was the amount of pictures. Rarely do accounts like this have so much visual material. You are able to relate the accounts directly to the images of the people and places. As much as any book could, this gives you the sense of being there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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Site easy to use. Delivery within stated time. Great read.
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