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Force Benedict [Hardcover]

Eric Carter , Anthony Loveless
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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10 April 2014

Second World War fighter pilot Eric Carter is one of only four surviving members of a secret mission, code-named 'Force Benedict'. Sanctioned by Winston Churchill in 1941, Force Benedict was dispatched to defend Murmansk, the USSR's only port not under Nazi occupation. If Murmansk fell, Soviet resistance against the Nazis would be hard to sustain and Hitler would be able to turn all his forces on Britain...

Force Benedict was under the command of New Zealand-born RAF Wing Commander Henry Neville Gynes Ramsbottom-Isherwood, who led two squadrons of Hurricane fighters, pilots and ground crew which were shipped to Russia in total secrecy on the first ever Arctic Convoy. They were told to defend Murmansk against the Germans 'at all costs'.

'We all reckoned the government thought we'd never survive' - but Eric Carter did, and was threatened with Court Martial if he talked about where he'd been or what he'd done. Now he reveals his experiences of seventy years ago in the hell on earth that was Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. It will also include previously unseen photos and documents, as well as exploring - for the first time - other intriguing aspects of Force Benedict.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444785133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444785135
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Antony Loveless (born 1967) is an English freelance author, broadcaster, journalist, and photographer. He has covered events from the front in both Iraq and Afghanistan and is a regular contributor to many defence-related publications. He is an accomplished travel and features writer and his words and photography appear regularly in leading newspapers, magazines, and periodicals around the world. He lives in London and Belfast.

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A gripping tale about the British airmen who helped to turn the tide against the Nazis on the Eastern Front. (Daily Express)

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'It's so important to document that generation's experiences, and Eric still has a glint in his eye that makes me think he'd tell a good story.' - Dermot O'Leary

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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A great read, I first heard about this on Simon Mayo on Radio 2 when he interviewed Eric and Dermot, I thought then as I drove home from work listening to it that it would be a great book, and it has been. Told in a factual "as it happened" and easy to understand manor, and song with every special war story some lump in the throat moments. I sent off for my dad's RAF records a couple of years ago and 151 Sqd is in it and the dates match up to Eric's story, he was Fitter Armorer not a pilot, but I now need to seek out more info, sadly he died some years ago so I can't get it from the horses mouth. Get this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars who was very pleased with it 13 July 2014
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Present for my son, who was very pleased with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story you many not have heard before 7 July 2014
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Good book, great story and one I did could not put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Jun 2014
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I am still reading it that's a good sighn, so far very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flying Heroes 23 Jun 2014
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A fantastic read detailing the true story of how Hurricane pilots went to Russia to teach the Russian Pilots how to fly Hurricanes supplied by Churchill to the Russian allies during WW 2.

This is a fascinating insight into the life of a world war 2 fighter pilots and their outstanding bravery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dad loved it! 23 May 2014
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Heard about the book listening to Radio 2 and ordered for my father who is a WWII aficionado. He absolutely loved the book and was so pleased to be able to fill a gap in his WWII knowledge.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 19 May 2014
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Factual but a little short, which is understable as the whole operation was relatively short. However I'm pleased it was'nt me that had to go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proper Heros. 14 May 2014
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What a fantastic story from someone who was there. Everyone must buy this and learn about real history. Without these men we would not be here! He and his remaining Fighter Pilot friends should be Knighted for a proper job well done. Brave Men Indeed.
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