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From Pontefract to Palestine by Alfred Percy Scarth
From Pontefract to Palestine by Alfred Percy Scarth
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Second World War memoirs of the literary elite seldom mirror the average soldier's experience of the war. There is a world of difference between life in the officers' mess and the lot of the average soldier. Alfred Scarth volunteered for service before the general call-up was issued and he quickly made use of his civilian trade as an expert in the maintenance of motor vehicles. The stories of lax and lazy civilian workers mirror my experience of a couple of short wars, where the civilians lacked the commitment of the men whose lives would shortly depend upon the reliability of the materiel. The good officers and the bad are well described. The best realised that Scarth was a unique… Read more
We'll Meet Again: The Early Years ~ Vera Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars A special disc, 9 Mar 2014
These early years tracks have all the vulnerability that one would expect from a singer whose homeland faced immediate invasion by a barbarous power. Listeners who have grown accustomed to the later renditions will find something very different here. Spare, lean accompaniments, especially to the title track, compare very poignantly with the gang-show type bellowings of recordings made in the latter years. It's pretty special actually.
The German Prisoner (Exile Classics) by James Hanley
Hanley is an overlooked writer, perhaps because he was not well-connected. This book left me upset for several days, thinking back to the fate of the poor prisoner and the situation that had resulted in his being delivered to that fate. The matter of fact prose leads the reader through a hellish experience, only to leave him alone with his thoughts.