Fight the Good Fight: Voices of Faith from the Second World War

John Broom

* Twenty stories of Christian faith in wartime from a truly global conflict, from the prisoner of war camps of the Far East to the constant peril of the Normandy campaign, and the excitement and danger of aerial combat to the challenges of desert warfare.

* Includes the stories of: Michael Benn, brother of Tony, killed in RAF action in 1944; Bill
Date Published :
May 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
26 illustrations
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The Second World War challenged many of the concepts that had provided stability and unity in the world. As totalitarian regimes in Europe and Asia attempted to impose their world view on their neighbors, a struggle for what Winston Churchill described as `Christian civilization’ took place on many fronts. On the home front, on land, on sea and in the air, as well as in the horrific concentration camps of Europe and prisoner of war camps in the Far East, people of a Christian faith found their beliefs challenged. However, for many this challenge provided an affirmation of that faith, as it provided a rock amidst the ever shifting sands of circumstance. This book contains the accounts of twenty such individuals, many drawn from previously unpublished sources. Their testimonies provide evidence that during a time of discord, disruption, dislocation and death, the Christian faith remained a key force in sustaining morale and a willingness to fight the good fight.

Interesting Facts
King George VI called National Days of Prayer during Britain’s darkest days in 1940
Had Michael Benn survived the war, he would have become the 2nd Viscount Stansgate, meaning his brother, Tony, would not have had to fight to renounce his peerage
Bill Frankland avoided near certain death at the Alexandra Hospital Massacre by the toss of a coin
Stanley Warren only found out about the rediscovery of his Changi Murals during a chance work conversation in the 1950s
As a boy, Ken Tout was told by his parents to cross the street to avoid walking past the Catholic church. As a man he was invited to a private audience with Pope John Paul II.

About The Author

After graduating in History from the University of Sheffield in the early 1990s, John Broom pursued a career in teaching, firstly in his chosen subject and latterly with children with Autism.

A chance inheritance of family papers eleven years ago prompted his interest in the spiritual and ethical issues of the twentieth-century world wars. John is currently completing a PhD on Christianity in the British Armed Services at the University of Durham.

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