The remarkable autobiography of the last great wartime icon.
Born Vera Welch on 20 March, 1917 in the East End of London,
Dame Vera Lynn s career was set from an early age - along with her
father, who also did a turn, she sang in Working Men s Clubs from
just seven years old. She had a successful radio career with Joe
Loss and Charlie Kunz in the 1920s and 30s, but it was with World
War II that she became the iconic figure that captured the
imagination of the national public.
Her spirit and verve, along with her ability to connect with the
men fighting for their country and those left behind praying for
their loved ones, made her the Forces sweetheart . Performing the
songs that she will always be associated with, such as We ll Meet
Again and Yours, Vera toured Egypt, India and Burma to entertain
the troops and bring them a sense of back home .
Her career after the war flourished, with hits in the US and the
UK, but Vera was never able to leave behind her wartime role and
was deeply affected by what she had seen. Still heavily involved
with veteran and other charities, this is Dame Vera s vivid story
of her life and her war - from bombs and rations to dance halls and
the searing heat of her appearances abroad. Epitomising British
fortitude and hope, Dame Vera gives a vivid portrait of Britain at
war, and a unique story of one woman who came to symbolize a
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