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In Army Of One, photo journalist Elisabeth Real tells the story of six American veterans whose lives have been irreversibly altered by the war in Iraq. All but one of the veterans have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Between 2006 and 2013, Real photographed and interviewed these young men, trying to uncover what they went through and how, in turn, this affected them on returning home, as they re-connected with families and tried to make lives, away from the army. The war in Iraq began in March 2003 and lasted until December 2011; 2.16 million U.S. troops were deployed in combat zones in 2001-10. 4,500 US service people were killed, many more committed suicide as a consequence of their deployment and many thousands more returned home with PTSD. A single PTSD diagnosis could cost $1.5 million in disability compensation over a soldier's lifetime. Elisabeth Real breaks down numbers, focusing on the individual soldier: the lone "Army Of One", many of whom feel this means that they have been forgotten, as soldiers and as human beings.
Early in 1940 a swashbuckling aristocrat and a member of Military Intelligence, with their secretaries, went to Paris as agents of the British Government. They left on 10 June, when Paris was declared an 'open city'; taking with them many records and details of scientists who wished to continue their work in the UK. At Bordeaux staff at the British Embassy introduced them to the master of a tramp steamer, one of 180 merchant ships standing by to evacuate troops and civilians in the three weeks after Dunkirk. Thirty three scientists were embarked, many with their immediate family. Two Belgians joined with a fortune in gem diamonds packed in two wooden crates. Two more French scientists boarded; bringing all of the 'heavy water' (deuterium oxide - a nuclear moderator) that then existed. Six hundred tons of machine tools were also loaded. The ship escaped from Bordeaux three days before the city fell and carried the passengers and cargo to safety at Falmouth, where there were ninety six other refugee ships. A special train took the passengers, and the most valuable items, to London. The diamonds were put into the vaults of a bank controlled by De Beers and most of the heavy water was stored beneath the library of Windsor Castle, with the Crown Jewels and with the King's knowledge. The House of Commons was only told of the 'Mission' when in secret session; there was no publicity and no awards were made. The Earl, his secretary and their driver, formed a successful bomb disposal team. They lost their lives in May 1941, when their thirty fifth bomb detonated prematurely. The Earl was awarded the George Cross and his companions were 'Commended for Bravery.' Much of the rescue was witnessed by a young naval lieutenant on his first overseas assignment. After the war he became an author and it is probable that the colourful characters involved in this mission first gave him the idea for one of the most famous fictional agents of the twentieth century. In 1943 Twentieth Century Fox wanted to make a film about 'The Incredible Earl of Suffolk', but were prevented from doing so by Lady Suffolk and the British government. Fox would have first heard of the story when a brief mention of the Earl's exploits appeared in press reports of his death. In 1973 the BBC made a four part series about him; they do not seem to have obtained copies of the official records, which were released at about that time. Much of the material for this book came from the British National Archives at Kew, near London; from the descendants of several of those involved and from researchers elsewhere in Europe.
Paul Bruce was a tough, idealistic young trooper in the SAS when he was dispatched to Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles. His top secret mission was to execute IRA suspects in cold blood. Bruce and his SAS comrades shot down one terrified victim after another, leaving their bodies to be buried in deep, unmarked woodland graves. In this historic book, the author reveals where his victims lie secretly buried as well as chronicling the mental breakdown of crack SAS troops ordered to carry out the dirtiest job in a secret war.
The Armed Forces live in a different world. It can be a closed life with enormous pressures - after all, how many careers ask you to lay your life on the line in order to achieve the organisation's objectives? The Soldier's and Airmen's Scripture Readers Association (SASRA) was formed to help people in the Armed Services form a relationship with God. All around the world Scripture Readers have taught what the Bible says to men and women in the Army and Air Force.This book is a testimony to the 'Missionaries in Khaki and Blue' who seek to faithfully witness to Jesus Christ. Updated for the 21st century, this is a collection of stories of real people facing real problems and demonstrating how faith in the living God wins through against the odds. These are stories of heroism, shame, anguish and jubilation - stories of men and women from Aircraftsman to General.
Former British Paratrooper Simon Chambers has lived for the excitement of soldiering. After 22 years' service in Her Majesty's Armed Forces, driving lorries for a living just doesn't cut it. Looking for adventure, he sets out for the USA on a quest to join the ruthless world of the private security 'contractor', and after training with the Blackwater military defence company in North Carolina Simon is sent to Iraq. This is the riveting true story of the first British soldier to join the infamous Blackwater: the story of a man paid money to put his life on the line each and every day - no questions asked!
An inspiring and heart-warming short story of devotion and bravery. A thoroughbred horse, Warrior, is passed through various owners before he is shipped to the thick of the action on the Western Front to serve as his current master's mount for all four years of the First World War. Warrior and General `Galloping Jack Seeley' were involved from the first engagements through to one of the last, the Battle of Moreuil Wood. Together they fought in terrifying battles and witnessed the death of many horses and masters who served alongside them, terrible deaths, but through it all Warrior seemed to pass like a spirit. This is the tale of his heroic wartime exploits and eventual return to the green fields of England. An evocative and powerful story of a real and great war horse. Warrior's story was the basis for the fictional Joey in Michael Morpurgo's War Horse.
NOW WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY W. STANLEY MOSS'S DAUGHTER GABRIELLA BULLOCK AND AN AFTERWORD BY PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR Ill Met By Moonlight is the true story of one of the most hazardous missions of the Second World War. W. Stanley Moss is a young British officer who, along with Major Patrick Leigh Fermor, sets out in Nazi-occupied Crete to kidnap General Kreipe, Commander of the Sevastopool Division, and narrowly escaping the German manhunt, bring him off the island - a vital prisoner for British intelligence. As an account of derring-do and wartime adventure, made into a classic film starring Dirk Bogarde, Ill Met By Moonlight is one of the most brilliantly written, exciting and compelling stories to come out of the Second World War.
These essays and works by historians, writers, political scientists, artists, lawyers, psychologists, clergy, provide a wide range of perspectives. Rather than pretending to reflect or offer any orthodoxies in Holocaust scholarship or Holocaust education, this collection intentionally deals with a variety of subjects and perspectives as offered by researchers and survivors. So Others Will Remember is a combination of history and memory, or more precisely, of historical analysis and painful recollection.
Sergei Kramarenko was a lucky man. As a Soviet fighter pilot, an ace, he fought in two wars - first against the Luftwaffe, then the US Air Force - and survived. This is his story. On the Eastern Front in the bitter conflict with the Germans, he duelled with Messerschmitt 109s and Focke-Wulf 190s. Then, in Korea, flying a MiG-15, he came up against the Americans, the British and the Australians, in the first fighter-against-fighter clashes of the jet age. His accounts of combat against the F-86 Sabres, F-84 Thunderjets and Gloster Meteors are among the most vivid and remarkable of his long career. In over ten years of as a front-line fighter pilot he took part in a revolution in the development of combat flying. His candid, intensely personal and unflinching account gives a rare inside view of life in the Red Air Force.
No journalist is better situated to reckon with the psychology of war than New York Times bestselling author David Finkel. In Thank You for Your Service he weaves a masterly, compelling narrative out of the troubling stories of a US infantry battalion as they return home from Iraq and attempt to survive peace. Finkel writes frankly and compassionately about the soldiers, and about their partners and children: the heartbroken wife who wonders privately whether her returned husband is going to get better, or kill her; and the heroic victims, with the fresh taste of gunmetal in their mouths, who will either make the journey back to sanity or to final ruin. Finkel takes us everywhere that the war has touched: to the courtrooms that are being filled with divorce and abuse cases; to bars; and to the mental-health clinic to which the army is outsourcing its post-traumatic stress disorder cases. Thank You for Your Service is shocking but always riveting, unflinching but deeply humane.
This is a semi-autobiographical account of a fighter pilot in the RAF from 1962 to 1994. He was both a Hunter and Harrier pilot, rose to Squadron Leader level, and commanded fighter and strategic reconnaissance units. He was CO of the Desert Rescue Team, flew Dakotas on desert supply running, and saw active fighter service receiving bullet holes in his aircraft during the Aden Radfan campaign. He flew Cold War covert reconnaissance missions, commanded the Harrier unit in Belize, spent the Gulf War working with the US Defense Intelligence Agency, and became a nuclear weapons specialist. The book includes inside accounts of army support missions on the Yemen border, flying cold war reconnaissance missions in Europe, early day conversion to Harriers without any training aids, and long range ultra-high-level, covert photo intelligence gathering sorties, including helping police and customs with airborne photography, most notably for the 2nd Moors Murder Inquiry. It also includes political, geographical and economic background of all the places in which he served, and comments on political and military decisions made at those times.
This is the incredible true story of the unbreakable bond forged between Treo, the world's most highly decorated dog, and his handler Sgt. Dave Heyhoe When Dave Heyhoe was sent to Afghanistan to help detect the Taliban's murderous roadside bombs, he knew he'd need a special dog by his side. Luckily for him, his closest pal Treo, a staggeringly brave ball of energy and mischief was with him every step of the way. The two friends had a miraculous understanding that helped them save countless lives but, as they embarked on a roller-coaster emotional ride, Dave realized he needed Treo more than he could ever have imagined. Tear-jerkingly sad one moment, laugh-out-loud hilarious the next, It's All About Treo is a moving and uplifting story that will melt the hearts of animal lovers everywhere.
This book traces Peter Howard, who was to become one of The Wooden Horse escapers, from his being shot down, through his capture, interrogation and first two POW camps. It gets into the mind of a man determined to escape his captors. It shows that for all the many schemes dreamt up, very few ever got started and of those only a tiny handful ever came to fruition - and of those a 'home run' was as rare as a lottery win. But none of this could suppress the determination, ingenuity and courage of those who were driven to try. This is a thrilling opportunity to read what is virtually 'lost' masterpiece of the Prisoner of War escaping genre.
Romine Ostrander, born in 1837 in Roseville, Illinois, had made his way to Colorado as a private in the First Colorado Cavalry by the time he was twenty-five. On 26 February 1863, he bought a small, leather-bound diary; over the next three years he filled this volume and two more with his thoughts, travels, and frustrations. The delicate, well-worn diaries accompanied the private in his saddlebags over miles of dusty Colorado trails, but eventually they disappeared. The 1863 and 1865 journals resurfaced in 1922 in a warehouse in Fresno. Annotated for historic interest but otherwise unedited, they offer a fascinating and infectious read - the young author creates a vivid portrait of frontier Colorado and comments on the events of his day: the Sand Creek Massacre, the Civil War, Lee's surrender, and his own encounters with Arapahos, Cheyennes, Comanches, Apaches, and Cherokees.
On a summer's day on the Somme in 1916, one brave battalion lost half its men to enemy fire in an hour. What went wrong? Martha Kearey dressed in black for the rest of her life in memory of the four sons she lost on that day in the First World War, proudly wearing each of their medals in turn on Sundays. Nearly a century on, her grandson Terence has set out to do justice to the memory of his uncles and their colleagues with a full account of the role of their Battalion, the Kensingtons, on the Somme in the summer of 1916. The Kensingtons, guardians of the right flank on the battlefront at Gommecourt, were ordered to march on the enemy without proper preparation in a move later condemned as foolhardy and suicidal. That summer's day, cut to pieces by enemy artillery, they lost half their men in less than an hour. Kearey sets out a candid account of the action, examining why this tragic and unnecessary slaughter was allowed to happen.
Danish Air Force pilot Hans Gundelach is a man trapped in Germany when Hitler invades his homeland in 1940. Instead of trying to rejoin his family, he heads for occupied France with a set of secret technical drawings given to him by a Jewish gun-sight maker. Although he knows he'll be shot as a spy if caught, Gundelach's hatred of the Third Reich drives him on into the unknown. Along the way, he falls in love with a local woman, services a downed Hurricane fighter and eventually makes it to England to deliver drawings he hopes will change the course of the war in the Atlantic, but, once there, he finds his troubles are only just beginning... This is an incredible true story about one man's crusade to help the Allied war effort against the Nazis. It gives a fascinating insight into Gundelach's resourcefulness and drive, and his lasting hope that his actions will make a difference. Beautifully told and richly entertaining, The Little English Boy will delight readers of all ages.
In the course of the Second World War, more than a quarter of a million European and American soldiers were taken prisoner by the Japanese in Malaysia, the Dutch East Indies and the Pacific. They went on to suffer years of deprivation and brutality, most of them failing to survive at all. Harold Atcherley was fortunate enough to be one of the survivors. Throughout his time as a prisoner, from the fall of Singapore on 15th February 1942 until 14th September 1945, he kept a diary, which he was able to bring home with him. This book is based on that diary, along with other diaries and official documents. The original diary can now be viewed at The Imperial War Museum, London. He was fortunate enough to count among his friends and comrades the celebrated artist Ronald Searle, whose drawings have been used to illustrate his text; they give a far better impression of what life was like for a POW of the Japanese than mere words can, though neither words nor pictures could ever convey the appalling stench of disease and death on such a massive scale.
In 1816 the author's great-great grandfather, Thomas Kearey, arrived in England to seek his fortune. He was the latest - but by no means the last - in a line of strong and resourceful men. This book is the story of the Keareys, and of their place in history through the centuries. It relates how the Ciardha ('Ciar's people') in the Ireland of the Dark Ages evolved into the modern Keareys, how holders of that name laboured, loved and fought through the centuries, and how in more recent times they were proud to fight with honour for their adopted country of Britain in two world wars. Terence Kearey has woven the carefully-researched story of what happened to his family over the centuries into the economic and social history of these islands, explaining how his ancestors coped with, and in some cases helped to change, the vicissitudes of poverty, war and economic and social change. The result is a detailed and vivid picture of a past that is quickly fading from memory.
In the pre-dawn darkness of April 30, 1943, the body of a Royal
Marine Major washed ashore on the south-western coast of Spain,
part of an incredible plot to mislead the German High Command about
the Allies' impending Mediterranean invasion. What made this ruse
unique--and macabre--was that the "Major" was actually a deceased
Welsh laborer, who drifted lifelessly ashore carrying false
documents indicating that the Allies were set to launch an attack
on Greece, rather than Sicily.
My chief lied and my shipmate died. That's just the tip of the iceberg. Do yourself a favor and read this war story before you enlist. Otherwise, you may be joining the enemy.
When he was a student in Paris, Truong Nhu Tang met Ho Chi Minh. Later he fought in the Vietnamese jungle and emerged as one of the major figures in the "fight for liberation" -- and one of the most determined adversaries of the United States. He became the Vietcong's Minister of Justice, but at the end of the war he fled the country in disillusionment and despair. He now lives in exile in Paris, the highest level official to have defected from Vietnam to the West. This is his candid, revealing and unforgettable autobiography.
From its secret post-World War I beginnings to its virtual destruction by the Allied air forces, the story of the German air force is best told by examining its leaders - brilliant, ambitious, ruthless, and deceitful men like Hermann Goering, the drug-addicted Luftwaffe commander, Erhard Milch, the half-Jewish head of aircraft production, and Adolf Galland, the general of fighters who often clashed with Goering.The author profiles these principals and others while describing the Luftwaffe's battles-both in the skies and behind the scenes and explaining why it was so decisively defeated.
The United States has always been a nation of immigrants--never
more so than in 1917 when the nation entered the First World War.
Of the 2.5 million soldiers who fought with U.S. armed forces in
the trenches of France and Belgium, some half a million--nearly one
out of every five men--were immigrants. In "The Long Way Home,"
David Laskin, author of the prizewinning history "The Children's
Blizzard," tells the stories of twelve of these immigrant heroes.
Starting with their childhoods in Europe, Laskin unfolds the saga
of their journeys to Ellis Island, their struggles to start over in
the land of opportunity, and the ordeal of their return to Europe
in uniform to fight--and win--a war that had already killed tens of
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