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And Some Fell on Stony Ground: A Day in the Life of an an RAF Bomber Pilot - Leslie Mann
And Some Fell on Stony Ground: A Day in the Life of an an RAF Bomber Pilot
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In June 1941, Flight Sergeant Leslie Mann, a tail gunner in a British bomber, was shot down over Germany and taken into captivity. After the war, wanting to record the experiences of the RAF's 'Bomber Boys', he wrote down his inner thoughts and feelings as a fictional narrative, recently brought... show more
In June 1941, Flight Sergeant Leslie Mann, a tail gunner in a British bomber, was shot down over Germany and taken into captivity. After the war, wanting to record the experiences of the RAF's 'Bomber Boys', he wrote down his inner thoughts and feelings as a fictional narrative, recently brought to the attention of Imperial War Museums. Visceral, shocking and unglamorous, it transmits as rarely before the horrors of aerial warfare, the corrosive effects of fear, and the psychological torment of the young men involved. Although presented as fiction, the book's solid basis in lived experience makes it ring true - the sights, sounds, smells, and above all the emotional strain are intensely evoked with a novelist's skill. Providing a unique glimpse into a deadly profession and a traumatic time, And Some Fell on Stony Ground is a fascinating historical artefact in its own right. This compelling story is introduced and placed in context by historian Richard Overy, author of the acclaimed book, The Bombing War (Allen Lane, 2013).
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781848317208 (1848317204)
ASIN: 1848317204
Publisher: Icon Books LTD
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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5.0 Review: And Some Fell on Stony Ground by Leslie Mann
Poignant. I often see people use this word in book reviews, and it makes me wonder how they came to that word choice. Poignant is not a word that I frequently use, but I can think of no better way to describe this almost autobiographical novel. Leslie Mann, who was a bomber pilot in WWII, wrote this...
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