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Donald Dean VC by [Crowdy, Terry, Bavin, Susan]
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He has produced a portrait of an outstanding Territorial which is also an illuminating study of how to command men in battle. It would bear reading by modern soldiers who seek to lead. - The Society of Friends of the National Army Museum

About the Author

Terry Crowdy is the author of several books, most recently the internationally acclaimed The Enemy Within: a History of Espionage (which earned him interviews on national radio and has been translated into Chinese) and the successful Military Misdemeanours. He lives in Rainham, Kent.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2487 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (23 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CLEAT2W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,013 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Four Violets TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2013
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When war was declared in 1914, Donald Dean was too young for military service. However he lied about his age and signed up at the first opportunity. He played an active part in the trench warfare of 1916/17 and this autobiographical account, written before he died in 1985, is perhaps most vivid in the chapters The Ypres Salient, Passchendaele and Reflections on Trench Warfare.

The statistics speak for themselves: within eight weeks of Dean leaving cadet school, of an original 20, 18 were dead. The new daily reality was the Germans: across no man's land, a mere twenty feet away.

He was awarded the Victoria Cross "for most conspicuous bravery, skilful command and devotion to duty during the period 24th to 26th September 1918... he worked unceasingly with his men and repulsed attacks... he inspired his command with his own contempt of danger, and set an example of valorous leadership and devotion to duty of the very highest order."

After nineteen years spent as a volunteer Territorial Officer between the wars, in WW2 Dean was a Pioneer Commander, responsible for large numbers of serving men and civilians of all nationalities, who provided logistical support from stores and ammunition, building camps, roads, and bridges, to loading and unloading ships. These men were originally unarmed; but Dean ensured that his men were eventually provided with weapons. His care for his men and all those serving under him shines through; and if he seems at times to be proud of his achievements, he well deserved to be. He justifiably felt that the essential work of the Pioneers was unrecognised.
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Filled with under-statement but riveting nonetheless, one man's story of two wars and other things besides. Dean had the old-fashioned virtues of Duty, Service and Loyalty in spades together with the indefatigable energy and single-mindedness that damns all difficulties. Clearly he was a truly intrepid character who, despite his heroic reputation, remained a gentleman throughout. The country needs more Deans - but not too many!
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This is a very well written biography of an other of the unsung heroes of both the 1st & 2nd world Wars.
Donald Dean was a quiet local hero who had an active 1st War in the trenches & His 2nd War was spent proving just how misunderstood was the role of the Pioneer Corps.
Hopefully, people who were somewhat ashamed of their relatives who served in the Pioneers will see that they should be proud rather than ashamed.
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As one with an interest in the Great War I found the first part of this book very interesting. I must admit however that my interest waned thereafter such that I have yet to reach the end. Obviously a very interesting man whose exploits are well documented in this book but one for the lover of biography more so than the lover of the Great War.
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I originally bought this as part of my remembrance of those who fought in the great war. But learned much more about WW 2. I had never heard of the Pioneers. When you think of the difficulties keeping units supplied and roads open and airfields built. These units had great importance and little is heard of them. COL. Dean was a witty man and very humorous. Highly recommend this book.
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an interesting narrative about a true British hero. Someone who did his job with quiet efficiency not seeking reward. To be given the VC for his actions in one war then participating in another to great effect, Surely someone who deserves the highest respect.
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HONEST LIFE STORY OF WHAT WE THINK OF HEROES.THE PEOPLE WE THINK OF HEROES DO NOT SHARE THAT VIEW.THEY SEE THEMSELVES AS BEING LUCKY AND ONLY DOING WHAT IS EXPECTED.TRUE HEROES NEVER SEE THEMSELVES AS BEING BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE.JUST LUCKY.GREAT READ.!!!
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A very good read. A truly remarkable man whose story just had to be told. He was inspirational to all who knew him. He packed so much into his life and had such amazing experiences. I thoroughly recommend this book to all readers as a Must Read.
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