Where The Hell Have You Been? Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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An utterly compelling account of how one POW kept his identity secret from the Nazis and evaded capture, relying on the bravery and kindness of strangers. A terrific read. --Andy McNab
One man's extraordinary odyssey of escape
through wartime Italy: riveting and remarkable. --Ben Macintyre, author of Agent Zigzag
Tom Carver's excellent book gives us a better understanding why our most well known World War II General was the complex man he was --General the Lord Guthrie, Chief of the Defence Staff, 1997-2001
An escape story in the finest English tradition. Beautifully written and poignant to the end - deserves to become an instant classic --David Loyn, BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent
This account of Monty's step-son's exploits in the Second World War is a gem. It reminds one of the gallantry and devotion to duty of a generation that has nearly left us. --Patrick Cordingley, Commander of the Desert Rats, Iraq
About the Author
Tom Carver was a long-time foreign correspondent with the BBC. He was latterly the BBC's Washington Correspondent and continues to live in Washington working as a writer and consultant. He is the step-grandson of Field Marshal Montgomery.
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Well worth reading by all those interested in Montgomery, or in POW escapes, or in all of our relationships with our fathers.
Although the numbers of surviving WW2 participants are growing fewer with time, a few more of this ilk are beginning to appear and 'Where the Hell Have You Been?' is a recently published story of one of those involved in the North African campaign during the earlier years of WWII.
As one whose soldier father of low military rank was captured during the early stages of that campaign although initially a POW at Italian hands, Richard Carver may have benefitted from some personal advantages. Not only was he a junior officer, he was also the stepson of Field Marshall Montgomery. When captured by the Germans during the battle of El Alamein, his captors were bewildered and unsure how to handle him.
Somehow, Carver was able to escape and trek hundreds of miles to safety and then get back to the front. When he appeared in front of his step-father, somewhat dishevelled and much the worse for wear, after a year's unexplained absence the resulting comment clarifies the book's unusual title. The book makes for an interesting and atypical story from WWII and is lightly illustrated with some personal and other photographs, a few maps and graphics.
Written by Carver's son Tom, a one-time and long-serving correspondent for the BBC, and not therefore a first-hand telling it is still within living memory.
Tom Carver had it hard sometimes he got captured in the Western Desert and then he endured the variable attentions of the Italians in prisoncamps in Italy to eventually escape and then spend a frustrating and paralous interlude unable to break through the German Lines to freedom along the way Tom Carver and his friend met a poor Italian peasant Family who adopted them and and thanks to this poor Italian family they survived and eventually reached the Allied Lines Tom Carver went to see his stepfather and typically Montgomery burst out "Where the Hell have You Been" just like my dad did when I got lost on the beach at bridlington in the fifties. The book then goes to the time after the Second World Ware when Tom Carver took his wife and sons to italy to try to find the family which had saved his life for him - the story goes on and they meet eventually... read the rest to findout.Read more ›
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I bought this for my husband he has read it yet but I know he will enjoy it,as he likes to read about war things.Published 10 months ago by Sharron Burton
This is a brilliant account of an extraordinary young man's journey through the war, and also his life after the war.
This is definitely worth a read ! Read more