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War Diary Paperback – 1 Dec 1994

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Fisher Press (1 Dec. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874037116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874037118
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,508,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Hall on 13 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
I was fortunate enough to find a first edition of this republished book in a second hand book shop and I still have no idea why I was looking at a shelf of other books I had no interest in.

This book describes in Captain Hugh Everard Joseph Dormer's own words his appointment to the S.O.E. and his experiences to and from Operation SCULLION and SCULLION II in enemy occupied France.

Whilst Captain Dormer describes in very close detail his experiences in reaching his target and the incredibly painful extraction back to the UK not just once but twice, he does not mention the S.O.E. by name or describe in any real detail his selection or training.

Whether this as deliberate is unclear, however as a diary of events it seemed somewhat unusual not to be referenced even if only obliquely.

I was struck by his strong religious faith, which is not something I was really expecting, however the execution of the successful mission was described in fantastic detail even to the point of the facility workers advising Dormer where to place his charges to achieve the most damage!

The description of his regimental life before and after SCULLION / SCULLION II made for interesting reading however the description of the foot journey back to the UK through enemy territory was simply incredible, matched only by his dealings with unhelpful civilians and uncaring guerillas whose loyalties could not be guaranteed.

Very few books have left me simply stunned by the extra ordinary actions of what could reasonably be described as `ordinary' persons recounted in such a matter of fact and casual way.
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