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Russell Margerison tells of his experiences as a young air gunner in the Second World War, of being shot down, sheltered by the Belgian resistance and then taken into captivity by the Germans. His story is told frankly and modestly, and makes compuls … weiterlesen
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Titel: Boys at War
Autor/en: Russell Margerison

ISBN: 0953704084
EAN: 9780953704088
2 New edition.
illustrations.
Sprache: Englisch.
Northway Publications

7. Oktober 2005 - kartoniert - 204 Seiten

Beschreibung

Russell Margerison tells of his experiences as a young air gunner in the Second World War, of being shot down, sheltered by the Belgian resistance and then taken into captivity by the Germans. His story is told frankly and modestly, and makes compulsive reading.

Portrait

Russell Margerison was born to a very poor Lancashire family and is the only survivor of six children, four of them dying before he was born. As a secondary modern schoolboy, he was always happy at school but was more interested in sport than academic subjects. He joined the air force at the age of eighteen, in 1943, and trained as an air gunner. He took part in raids over Germany before being shot down over Belgium, sheltered by the resistance and eventually taken prisoner. In his civilian life, he served an apprenticeship as a compositor with the then Northern Daily Telegraph, Blackburn, and spent most of his working life in printing; for the last fifteen years he was employed by the Manchester Evening News and the Guardian. Around two years after the end of the war he married Betty Coldwell from Huddersfield, who had been the girlfriend of Frank Moody who unfortunately perished when Russell's aircraft was shot down. They have four sons and at the time of going to press have been married fifty-nine years.

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The Mail on Sunday, December 2005: 'This is a fascinating wartime memoir that deserves a wide readership.' The Guardian, October 2005: 'Russell Margerison flew during the second world war with 625 Squadron, as a gunner on a Lancaster bomber. His plane was shot down over Belgium and after incarceration in Stalag Luft VII, he arrived home in May 1945, still only 20. His memoir is all the more immediate for its artlessness. Amid the plain prose, he produces arresting images. A stricken bomber "reared up till it was standing on its tail, as if having received an uppercut from Popeye"; another "shuddered violently, like a dog which had just emerged from water". Margerison's account of his own behaviour - which, when he was starving and desperate, was not always selfless - is similarly unaffected. His candour increases one's admiration for him.' Daily Mail: 'Boys at War is a minor classic of the Other Ranks' war' 'Manchester Evening News: 'This vivid story tells of just a few individuals... But in its meticulous accuracy and totally honest recall... it paints a picture far more real than any history book or idealised film could do.'
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