In the tradition of the great Second World War novels, THE LONG WAR
is the story of David Lindsay, soldier, officer and war hero.
Joining the Westmount Fusiliers, an elite assault Regiment, at the
start of the war, David Lindsay is taken on a surprising and
unexpected journey to England, North Africa, and through the
campaigns of Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. During those
campaigns David Lindsay fights alongside his sardonic and
unpredictable Sergeant Major, Harold T. Bostwick, and a group of
soldiers from his company, B Company, who are called the Big Ten.
Made prisoner in the attempted Dieppe landing, David Lindsay is
brought to Colditz, in Germany. Shortly after he escapes and makes
his way to England through France, Spain and over the Pyrenees.
Along the way there are interrogations and beatings by the Gestapo,
a long flight across France, and an unusual encounter with a Basque
guide called Raoul. THE LONG WAR also deals with three magnificent
women David Lindsay meets: Barbara Bradford, the young aircraft
plotter from Croydon; Jeanne, who runs an escape line called La
Ligne Interalli; and Nina Haegen, a German nurse who takes care of
him when he is badly wounded. THE LONG WAR is a novel that deals
with the very fabric of life itself and with the art of survival
and of learning to come to terms with oneself. Above all, it is a
study in the responsibilities of command and of what it takes to go
on and fulfill those responsibilities.
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