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5.0 out of 5 stars A moving tribute., 16 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Forgotten Voices Of The Second World War: A New History of the Second World War in the Words of the Men and Women Who Were There: A New History of the ... War and the Men and Women Who Were There (Paperback)
I've had this book for quite a while and never really read it properly. I'd always just read short snippets to get a feel.

Now, as we've been seeing a lot of TV and press coverage to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, I decided to read it thoroughly and I'm very pleased that I did.

Other reviewers have described the format well and give you a good idea of what to expect but what i particularly enjoy is seeing the same names cropping up and piecing together their stories. Some make you realise how much of a lottery the 2nd world war must have been, not just for soldiers but also for civilians as well.

The emotions also come across so well, even though some of the accounts must have been recorded years later it's obviously still very vivid in peoples minds. You really do feel like you've been a part of the events, it's empowering!

From the perspective of the western allies, almost all the confrontations are covered. As a result of this it makes for an excellent tutorial on the war's events.

Finally, it's good to see the odd account dropped in from the German perspective. You get a sense of balance and really feel the nationalism that the Nazi's managed to ingrain in their people at the start.

A very enjoyable read that constantly piques your interest and makes you want to keep turning those pages.
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