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Flesh Wounds (Echoes of War) [Paperback]

David Holbrook
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29 Oct 1987 Echoes of War
Follows a young Cambridge undergraduate from his call-up in 1942, through training as a tank officer, the landings in Normandy, and his command of a Sherman tank in the vicious post - D-Day battles to his eventual return. This work gives an first-hand account of the effect of military service, culminating in battle, death and injury.
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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Ashford,Buchan & Enright; New edition edition (29 Oct 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 090767576X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907675761
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,645,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Holbrook was born in 1923, educated in Norwich and at Cambridge, and from 1942 to 1945 served as an officer in an armoured yeomanry regiment. His many writings include books on English teaching, novels, poetry, and studies in philosophy, literature and music. He is Fellow and Director of English Studies at Downing College, Cambridge, where he lives. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars disregard the ill informed one star review 22 Oct 2011
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The one star review that precedes this is typical of the ill informed opinion that percolates through the internet. This novel- which is obviously 100% authentic- and quite stunningly brilliant- and I have read almost every such novel about WW2- is criticised by the previous 'reader' because he thinks the author doesn't know that a Sherman tank runs on petrol. Of course this piece of information is utterly irrelevant to the truth of the tale- and, in fact, utterly wrong- the Sherman M4 was petrol driven. The M4A2 and M4A6- as supplied under the lend-lease to the Uk were diesel.

'Flesh Wounds' treads similar ground to Piper's 'Into Battle' but is wider and deeper. It's quite possibly the most authentic account of war I have ever read- buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flesh Wounds 19 Sep 2011
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The late David Holden was in the same regiment as my father. My father read the book, and then wished he had not! He said it was such a realistic account of D Day that he could even place some of the characters in the novel. It brought back so many dreadful memories for my father, that the post traumatic stress was very evident.

I recommend this book to anyone who has a desire to learn the truth of the awful experiences that so many of our elderly war veterans endured. Many are still alive, and still suffering their nightmares today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wholly convincing 2 Nov 2011
I bought this book having read the authors recent obituary. I note that a critic has suggested that the Sherman tank was solely petrol powered; a visit to Wikipedia will tell you that two models of the Sherman were diesel powered and available to the allies during the Normandy landings and so I have no doubt that the authors description is correct - after all he was there. The account of action is wholly convincing; thankfully I never had to suffer that, but I did undergo some months of basic training (square bashing) and can vouch that the description is spot on! A great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A slow start but a great read 25 Jun 2013
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I enjoyed this book, It got off to a little bit of a slow start but once it got going I found it difficult to put down.

Having read a lot of non fiction on the battle for Normandy I can say that the book feels authentic and captures the feeling of troops and tankies fighting there.
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1.0 out of 5 stars conned reader 17 July 2011
any one who has been even near a sherman tank must know it a petrol engine not diesel as told in the book. if the auther cannot get this simple fact right what can we believe is correct regarding the rest of the story.
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