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Titel: The Big Show: New Zealanders, D-Day and the ...
Verlag: Auckland University Press, Auckland, New Zealand
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: No Dust Jacket
Art des Buches: Used
First edition. Lightly scuffed softcover with French flaps, lightly bumped foot of spine, slightly creased leading corners and one tear on lower edge of front cover. A few minor bumps to lower edges of covers. Some superficial scores and scratches on covers. Page block has minor grubby marks. Light bump through leading edges of early pages. Text remains clear, and binding is tight throughout. T. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 292994
Inhaltsangabe: More than 10,000 New Zealand servicemen were on active duty with the RAF and the Royal Navy at the time of the D-Day landings, in June 1944. Until now, the role played by these men has been largely untold. The Big Show provides the first eye witness account of their experience at the heart of the European War. Many of the men retain vivid memories of the historic turning point in WWII. They not only witnessed fear, mayhem and exhilaration of D-Day itself, but they were present as the Allies fought back France, Belgium and Holland from the Axis forces. Some took part in the occupation of Germany that ended the war in Europe; a few saw Belsen Concentration Camp in its final months. There were airmen who were shot down over France and whose escapes to safety were engineered by the French Resistance, and others taken prisoners by the Germans. The men also discuss daily life in the forces, the glamour of serving with the RAF, and wartime London. The Big Show reveals these experiences for a new generation through 13 oral histories recorded by servicemen. Presented for the general market, the book will be lavishly illustrated with over 100 photographs. It will include an introduction, suggested further readings, a foreword from the New Zealand Prime Minster and possibly one from the French PM. The Big Show will be one of the first projects completed under a Shared Memory Arrangement that the New Zealand and French governments signed in 2004 to promote the heritage the countries share with respect to the world wars. It will be in stores for the anniversary of D-Day in June .
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