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Where the Hell Have You Been?: Monty, Italy and One Man's Incredible Escape
 
 

Where the Hell Have You Been?: Monty, Italy and One Man's Incredible Escape [Kindle Edition]

Tom Carver
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An utterly compelling account of how one POW kept his identity secret from the Nazis and evaded capture, relying on the bravery and kindness of strangers. A terrific read. --Andy McNab

One man's extraordinary odyssey of escape
through wartime Italy: riveting and remarkable. --Ben Macintyre, author of Agent Zigzag

Tom Carver's excellent book gives us a better understanding why our most well known World War II General was the complex man he was --General the Lord Guthrie, Chief of the Defence Staff, 1997-2001

An escape story in the finest English tradition. Beautifully written and poignant to the end - deserves to become an instant classic --David Loyn, BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent

This account of Monty's step-son's exploits in the Second World War is a gem. It reminds one of the gallantry and devotion to duty of a generation that has nearly left us. --Patrick Cordingley, Commander of the Desert Rats, Iraq

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In November 1942, two nights after the Battle of El Alamein, a young British army officer was captured. As the Nazis deliberated about what to do with him, Richard Carver had particular reason to be afraid: unknown to anyone, he was the stepson of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, the Allied Commander who had just inflicted the first serious defeat on the Third Reich... This gripping story tells of Richard's internment in a POW camp in northern Italy - the same camp made famous by Eric Newby - and of his subsequent escape. Having decided to risk making his way back to Allied HQ in the south, he embarked on a gruelling 500-mile journey through German-occupied territory, evading capture again and again and ultimately being saved by a family of brave Italian peasants who jeopardised not just their own lives but those of an entire village to hide him. In the winter of 1943, a year after he disappeared, he staggered back into Army HQ, to be greeted by his now famous stepfather with the words, 'Where the hell have you been?' This is a great adventure story - a reminder of a lost age when, in the face of terrifying challenges, a generation rose to extraordinary feats of valour in the service of a cause greater than themselves.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3832 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books (22 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EGWDTBU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An adventure and a mystery 3 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is not just the obvious exciting adventure of escape and evasion in enemy territory but also a mystery, told with detective-novel skill, of a son's slow unveiling of the biggest story of his father's life and the extraordinary, daily and nightly, kindness of strangers that saved a PoW on the run. The hero being Field Marshal Montgomery's stepson, the book also sheds light on the private life of Monty whose harsh and even nasty professional demeanour masked a fondness for the simple and silly delights of being with children: this is a man who wept, in uniform, at his wife's funeral.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where the Hell Have you Been? 9 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I couldn't put it down. A thoroughly engaging story of a man captured during the desert campaign of WWII, his incarceration by the Italians and his trek down through Italy after the Italian surrender until he reached the allied lines. Coincidentally, he was Montgomery's stepson. It also describes how the Italian peasants helped him and other allied "escapees" in spite of strong and brutal German forces. Especially poignant when describing his and his helpers' efforts to make contact long after the end of the war.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Biography! 1 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
Really enjoyable. Part touching biography, part boys own Second World War story. Where The Hell Have You Been sheds new light on the character and career of Monty from a wholly original angle. Highly recommended.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable book 12 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
Very enjoyable book. Part history book - detailing his father's escape from a POW camp - and part personal memoir, it is a touching and enlightening account.

Well worth reading by all those interested in Montgomery, or in POW escapes, or in all of our relationships with our fathers.

Recommended.

BW
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Carver - Where the Hell have you been? 27 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback
Where The Hell Have You Been? This is the best book that I have read in a long time. I thought it was going to be about Monty, but it was a fascinating insight into his wider family, especially his step son and his war-time in Italy. Given the book by my brother in-law and haven't been able to put it down till just now, when I finished it (thanks Alan).

My only disappointment is having just come online to find another Tom Carver book, I can't find any. Enjoyed the way this was written, it suited me down to the ground.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read 1 Feb 2010
Format:Hardcover
A fantastic yarn in its own right, this book is so enriched by the often poignant family narrative that the author weaves in and around the main escape story . A journey of discovery by the author delivers wholesome justice to the memory of his father who like so many of his generation were reluctant and modest heroes. We owe them so much
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant 24 Oct 2009
By N. Budd
Format:Hardcover
Not sure how to rightly describe Where The Hell Have You Been? Sometimes feels like a book about General Montgomery. Sometimes feels like a son's book to his father (both in terms of the author writing to his father - and Richard Carver writing about his step-father, Monty). Can rightly say though that book is superbly researched and well written - and different aspects and voices in book make Where The Hell Have You Been? greater than the sum of its parts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the Hell have you been? 4 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for Christmas for my husband. He only reads war and history books!!! He says that it is very good.
I don't read war books so you will have to take his word for it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story showing a part of the war I knew ...
A good story showing a part of the war I knew nothing about - detailing how some of the Italian civilians suffered under the domination of the Nazis
Published 5 days ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book and was very interesting. But was not quite what I was hoping for.
Published 8 days ago by Roy1952
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read
I did enjoy this book. I did feel it had been stretched out a bit, with lots of emphasis on the Monty connection.
Published 1 month ago by sandycam
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the run-of-the-mill story of war-time experience. Thoroughly...
In the years between 1945 and around 1960 there appeared a swathe of 'What I did in the War' and 'Heroic Event' biographies including many that were turned into successful movies... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andy_atGC
4.0 out of 5 stars good fun, with a haunting sadness
Tom writes well, with a good sense of pace and narrative, and there's a sense of 'boy's own' adventure to the book which makes it an easy, page turning read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. J. Bringans
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing read
Absorbing book, especially as my father in law was POW in Italy at the same time and it is good to know more of the story
Published 2 months ago by R G MORGAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Interestng World War Two story
Bought as a gift for my Dad who really enjoyed it. Highly recommended for those interested in World War Two
Published 3 months ago by LIZ
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent present
Haven't read this book, as it was a present. My mother read the book, and enjoyed it.Would highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Andrea Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
A very good read.
Keep reading to the very end, you will not be disapointed.
I cannot believe it is free download.
Published 3 months ago by David F Stubbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Present
Brought this as a birthday present. It arrived very quickly and was apparently very well written. If factual war books are your thing, try it
Published 3 months ago by Fuse
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