The Unknown Warriors Paperback – 31 Oct 2012
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The best thing about it is that the author has allowed these people - to whom we owe so much - to express themselves openly and honestly. The result is a book that should be enforced reading for every politician.
However - and this is NOT said in the book - these views are NOT just the views of that generation but also many many other people in Britain.
It is disgraceful that these old soldiers are left feeling that they might just as well not have fought in the War and that many wish they had emigrated themselves, rather than face the Britain of today.
Well done for giving them a voice Mr Pringle!
As well as a very decent introduction by the author, it is basically a compilation of the letters that he received back from the respondees - the author asking about their experiences in the second war war and their opinions of the country today.
Not knee jerk reactions, there were some very considered replys from all types of people.
What a great insight it gives of the mindset of the ordinary people caught up up in the momentous events of the war, men and women. I can honestly say I was moved by the shoddy way they have been treated over the years.
A very reasonable kindle price and and an excellent read.
How many different ways are there of hearing the message "we laid down our lives for our country and she sold us out in return"? Or "if we'd known what this country would look like in the year 2000 we'd have never fought".
Hundreds, apparently. WW2 is not the war we've been taught that it was. The people who fought it, and their reasons for fighting it, on both sides, were not what we were told they were.
Such an important historical document. The author deserves so much credit for this.
Be prepared for some straight talking and independent views.
It is a shame that some feel their personal sacrifice - as requested or conscripted by the British Government - has not resulted in a Nation strong and proud of itself.
A must read.
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It is a collection of letters from British World War 2 veterans describing their experiences in the war and/or their thoughts about Britain today and whether they feel that the sacrifices they and their comrades made were worth the outcome. It is a book which I myself have remarked many times in the past ought to have been written and I am so pleased that someone has found the time and energy to do so.
Chillingly, it charts the decline of what was at the time of WW2 the most powerful nation on earth into a place which a great many of the old soldiers, their widows and other war survivors such as Land Army girls and blitz survivors say they would generally rather not live in and that they are so glad that they are 80+ not 18. Perhaps most unnerving of all, a number of them actually think Britain would have been improved by Hitler: something that you would never have imagined they would say.
The book is not in any way the subject of modern 'spin' to make the views more politically correct, which is refreshing. I believe that the views are really not very different from those held by a silent majority of Britains and that all politicians should have to read the book.
I recommend it for being an unvarnished truth and it is an achievement that it is now on the permanent record of the British nation.
I don't know; maybe it was selectively edited. Maybe the type of people who respond to such request are alienated grouches, though not all of them were: one or two liked modern Britain. Their wartime stories had the detailed ring of authenticity, and were told in the voices of ordinary people, rather than some propagandist trying to make a point. I believe the author was simply trying to give these people a voice before they all died out, as he said. The war stories themselves are fascinating, but their opinions on modern life are a real punch to the throat.