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Stinker's Nine Lives: From Dunkirk to D-Day and Beyond [Paperback]

Clive Kemp , Chris Stone
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Seeker Publishing; First edition (30 Nov 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0992715903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992715908
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Foreword: Many accounts of World War 2 portray the political and strategic decisions that shaped the course of history from the perspective of politicians and commanders. There are very few accounts that answer the question that most of us want answered; 'what was it really like for those fighting on the ground in the front line?' In this graphic and detailed account Sapper Clive Kemp, with the help of Chris Stone of the BBC, describes the uncertainty, loneliness, camaraderie, chaos, tragedy, loyalty and humour of war. Clive Kemp signed up at South Hill in 1940, aged just 19, and was discharged at the end of hostilities aged 25. In the intervening years he experienced Dunkirk, the Blitz, the Normandy Landings, Pegasus Bridge, the freedom of Anderlecht and Brussels and the final push across the Elbe. To have survived one of these operations would be remarkable, but to have lived through them all is quite extraordinary. This dramatic story is told in straightforward, matter of fact language which makes it all the more compelling. Clive Kemp's impressive array of medals, which includes the Legion d'Honneur, bears witness to his progress across Europe in the forward elements of the advancing Allied army. In doing so he contributed directly to the freedom of his Island home. This is a story of a young Jersey man's service and sacrifice during a traumatic period and I commend it to all who try to understand the reality of war in the 20th century. General Sir John McColl

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read from the heart 12 Nov 2013
I bought this book locally and am thoroughly enjoying it. Clive kemp is actually my Uncle (his late first wife was my Dad's sister) I remember uncle Clive telling me these stories and it is fantastic to re-live them now in his own words, yes it is funny and sad at the same time and as I look at Clive now it is so easy to see what he was like when a younger man, still cheeky and fun loving and a family man. Of course, reading this book I have now discovered some long hidden secrets, things he could not bring himself to tell me when I was a very young girl, now older I can understand why. Really very good book that you must buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting personal history 14 Jun 2014
Kemp was born and brought up in Jersey and trained as a gas fitter. As the Second World War began he volunteered to join the army and was assigned to the engineers.

He did his standard training and was sent to France for his first deployment. The army at this time was woefully ill equipped, and with the Blitzkrieg attack from the Nazi's he was part of the British force that was pushed back to the northern shore of France. Soon after he became of of the Dunkirk evacuees and had his first taste of battle.

A brief spot of leave, got married,and was then assigned duties in London whilst the Blitz as taking place. He was put to good use repairing gas mains and assisted in the bomb disposal. A task fraught with danger as these could go off at any moment. Further training and then he was back into France with the D day invasion. As one of the engineers he was on the front line, building Bailey bridges, repairing roads and ensuring that the troops could move forward. They moved across France, where he made a friendship that has lasted until today, and on into Germany.

Following his return to Jersey back to his wife and daughter he settled into life as a gas fitter again, and thought no more about the war until seeing an advert asking for Normandy veterans to attend a meeting, which he went to. As more people came aware of his unique story he was recognised and awarded medals.

He has a honest view of war. He does not hold back from the way that it affected him emotionally, and the dark humour that they used to get through the bleakest moments. He recognises that they did what they had to do, and that it was horrible at times, but his humanity does shine through. It is a fascinating story that Chris Stone has drawn out from Clive Kemp; and my wife's great uncle even gets a mention!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 8 Nov 2013
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At ninety-three years of age and obviously as still as sharp as a razor this book is told in a voice of what I like to call one of the Living Legends. With fewer and fewer people still here that were actually there, books like this are becoming a rare gem, and a gem this one is!

I can picture Clive Kemp sitting in his armchair telling these graphic stories of his experiences as he puts you right there with him as he gives a blow by blow account of daily life during the most significant period in modern history. These experiences are something my generation can only wonder at and I personally still find it hard to comprehend.

This book made me laugh and made me cry and kept me coming back for more. Many of us knew or still know someone who lived through those difficult years and this book is a tribute to all those ordinary soldiers who endured the horrors of WWII.

A great read!
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