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A story of loyalty in the face of extraordinary adversity, and of the unshakable bond between a man and his best friend.
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In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man's-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey together, one that would bind them for the rest of their lives. One was an orphaned puppy, abandoned by his owners as they fled the approaching Nazi forces. The other, a lost soul of a different sort - a Czech airman, flying for the French Air Force but soon to be bound for the RAF and the country that he would call home.
Airman Robert Bozdech stumbled across the tiny German Shepherd after being shot down during a daring mission over enemy lines. Unable to desert his charge, he hid the dog inside his flying jacket as he made his escape. In the months that followed the pair would save each other's lives countless times as they fled France and flew together with Bomber Command; the puppy - which Robert named Ant - becoming the Squadron mascot along the way. Wounded repeatedly in action, shot, facing crash-landings and parachute bailouts, Ant was eventually grounded due to injury. Even then he refused to abandon his duty, waiting patiently beside the runway for his master's return from every sortie.
By the end of the war Robert and Ant had become very British war heroes, and Ant was justly awarded the Dickin Medal, the 'Animal VC'. Thrilling and deeply moving, their story will touch the heart of anyone who understands the bond that exists between one man and his dog.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
It really is a fantastic read which portrays every human emotion between all depicted within the pages. Often heartbreaking, sometimes funny, none the less a true story of the bond between dog, master and eveyone who meets this wonderful partnership (except maybe the odd Policeman)
It is also a timely reminder of what sacrifice and horror the people of that time endured. Also, the debt we owe Robert and many of his countrymen for the perilous journey they made to join Britain and fight for freedom.
I will not spoil the fantastic adventure within this book by telling any of its contents but if, like me, you're not normally drawn to this type of book please, you must give it a go..........
It will melt your heart.
Damien has beautifully told their story as Dad had recorded it and I know Dad would have been thrilled with the book. It is a tribute to Antis, which after discovering a handwritten note by Dad confirms that this was his intention.
I conclude that you do not have to be a dog lover or a World War Two enthusiast to be blown away by this compelling read.
Damien has done a wonderful job of telling the true story of my father and Antis.
It's a great read,full of action and very accurate as Damien worked from Dad's original manuscript.
If you like true WW11 stories involving Dog,s THIS IS THE REAL DEAL.
There is more to the story after the War so I really hope there is a sequel.
Working from the original manuscript Dad wrote many years ago, Damien has retold the true story keeping the reader captivated. A book full of action, loyalty and devotion between man and dog, a very easy yet detailed read.
After World War Two, Dad and Antis unbelievingly experienced more death defying action this time from the hands of the Communists. This would make for a great sequel......
My only complaint is that their post-war lives are condensed into two pages and yet from the content of those two pages, it is clear that their postwar lives continued to be very difficult and with some horrendous and very sad decisions for the airman to have to face. I wonder if these 2 pages will one day be a new book so that we can read the complete lives of both man and dog?
I purchased this title without knowing much about its history and can say without hesitation it has been one of the most well written, entertaining and intriguing titles I have read in quite some time. I couldn't put book the down as each chapter teased you into carrying on to follow the exploits of both protagonists during their real life encounters. A must purchase for all those interested in wartime history and man's best friend who is in this case a truly remarkable animal.
Damien Lewis has written this book with aplomb, a truly humbling story highlighting how much we owe our freedom to those brave souls and the extent of just how unique and deep the bond can be between man and dog.
A highly recommended purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
True story one of the best books I have ever read.Brave man and loyal dog.Published 3 days ago by maybobs
A great read shows the love between a a human and his dog would recommend this bookPublished 22 days ago by Margaret
Could not wait to find out what happened to this pup excellent story line kept me not wanting to put book down.Published 1 month ago by DMcD
It's a good story if you accept the vast embroidery and the amazing feats of a super human dog.
A bit of WWII escapism.
Loved it, you felt the happiness & sadness, being an animal person it's a mustPublished 1 month ago by Bonnie Turner
Another brilliant book. Antis is so intelligent and faithful to Bob. He was a remarkable pilot to gave our Country great support by flying during the war.Published 1 month ago by flossie