Witness To War

Witness To War Witness To War Offers A Compelling Alternative History Of A World In Turmoil Using The Personal Diaries Of Schoolboys, Women Factory Workers, Soldiers, Spies As Well As Statesmen, The Story Of The Second World War Is Retold In A Strikingly Original Format Remarkable Diary Extracts Many Never Published Before Are Interspersed With A Clear Narrative Of The Main Events Of This Vast Conflict The Reader Is Guided Through The War, Month By Month, Experiencing Each Event At First Hand.Keeping A Diary In Wartime Involved A Degree Of Danger And Secrecy In Occupied Europe A Captured Diary Could Betray Friends And Relatives To The Enemy Some Were Downright Illegal, Such As Those Kept By Soldiers On The Front Line Each Has A Fresh Story To Tell Rare Material From Hitherto Unknown Diaries Is Combined With The Journals Of Famous Figures Such As Joseph Goebbels, Joyce Grenfell, Anthony Eden, Jean Paul Sartre, Evelyn Waugh And Noel Coward We Also Read The Private Thoughts Of Those Who Were Close To Winston Churchill And Adolf Hitler Day By Day We Glimpse Of The Reality Of Individuals Living Out Their Lives In Wartime The Result Is An Extraordinary Collective Testimony That Reveals The Triumph Of The Human Spirit. In the 70th anniversary of the end WW2 we can anticipate numerous parades, memorials, TV programmes and talking heads, certainly in the United Kingdom, giving us our country s view about the war and the sacrifices and effects of and to our people This is important, and certainly interesting enough to warrant our attention For many years I, for one, never really considered how it might have affected other people and nations as all films and documentaries I watched tended to focus on either Britain or the USA Witness to war is one of the books now available to remind us that people in all the countries involved, including our opponents went through it as well And those people had much the same concerns and issues as we have how will affect me, what is going to happen, will my family get through this The eight and a half hundred pages of this book, the diaries of such people gives us an idea of such ordinary people, with what I thought was a bonus of diary entries from politicians, Generals, and other major figures, again from many of the protagonists They provide some telling, and sometimes damning comments for example a general who describes Chamberlain s war cabinet as a flock of sheep and coming away from a meeting with this eminent group of people running things disgusted with the lot of them There are also vivid accounts from army officers and soldiers invo
Very good for anyone interested in WWII An interesting perspective for me not only from the eyes of the soldiers, generals, historians or writers but the real people There are soldiers and politicians and writers too but many housewives and c

Reading ➿ Witness To War  Author Richard J. Aldrich – Rarefishingbooks.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 957 pages
  • Witness To War
  • Richard J. Aldrich
  • English
  • 15 April 2017
  • 9780552151085