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Fear is the Foe: A Footslogger from Normandy to the Rhine Hardcover – 1 Jul 1995

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709057040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709057048
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 933,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the close of each day the squaddies did not retire to dry accomodation with bed and blankets for warmth. A hastily dug doover (trench) for two, one on guard duty for two hours alternating through the night. Stand to, at dawn to await an enemy counter attack. Maybe your rifle verses a tiger tank. Breakfast, dry biscuits with self heating tins of soup. Toilets, manage as best you could. Never knowing where the next days advance would take you, only officers had that privilege. Will we survive? The odds were stacked against us. Most of us had volunteered, no place to hide, nowhere to run. Not wishing to be seen as cowards, we did whatever we were ordered to do. Some officers and NCO's were heroes, so too were the other ranks. Was it harder to stay and fight, than to run. Not knowing where we were, run to what? Stan gives us a 'with feeling' account of men with death as an accomplice, life was not for living. Letters from home. Not very often, usually telling us lucky lads, how grim life was with rationing etc. Girlfriends meeting those other sqauddies suffering at home with too little leave. This is Stan's story, told as it was, life, death, horror, comradeship and the occasional sound of laughter. Above all there was the will to win. This book is too honest to be factual, yet every word is true, I know, I shared it. Stan a medal you did not get but a medal you deserved.
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I bought this book when it was first published and it stands up well after a few readings.

I think that we should have more of this sort of book, and the politians should read them before they decide to take us into

any more wars. I don't think that I could have put up with what Stan Whitehouse and his pals had to, there is too much use of the term 'Hero' in the press these days to describe sport and athletics players. No they are not heroes, Stan Whitehouse and all the other Infantrymen are, in fact anyone who saw active service in WW2 is.
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i have read this book on numerous occasions it is written with honesty .i lent it to a friend who after reading it bought it .i have read many a similar true story but for me this was the best. I actually carnt recommend it highly enough .If you want to know what our fathers experienced read it . it is sometimes very funny and sometimes sad . Stan to me you optimize the meaning of the real soldier you have managed to put the reader in real situations not as would be told by commanding officers but by a real tommy.
The biggest compliment I can give it, is my father ( god rest his sole ) who experienced very similar situations read it and thought it a very accurate account of what the real war was like .I promise you wont be able to put it Down!
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I am the author of 4 books on the Northern Ireland troubles and served two tours of duty over there. I thought that what we went through in Belfast was tough until I read 'fear is the Foe.' The book is incredibly well written, graphic and serves to let the reader - civvie as well as soldier alike - know what is was like as a PBI (poor bloody infantry) on that long slog from D-Day to Berlin. It is not an overview, it is just the day to day fight or die and sometimes fight AND die struggle of an infantryman in World WarII. I had the honour of meeting befriending Stan in the mid-90s and remained his friend until he sadly died in 2004. It was an honour to know him and an honour to attend his funeral in Solihull.
This book should be shown not only to every schoolchild but to every detractor of what the soldier has done to protect our freedoms over the last century or so. If I never read any other book for as long as I lived, I would still feel privileged to have read 'Fear is the Foe'
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