Heroes All

Veteran Airmen of Different Nationalities Tell Their Stories of Service in the Second World War

Steve Bond

For years Steve Bond has been interviewing and recording veterans from all sides of the conflict, including air and ground crew. This is not a book about the rights and wrongs of war, or the strategies of the military commanders. It is about the experiences and feelings of those in the front line charged with delivery of said strategy.
Date Published :
October 2010
Publisher :
Grub Street Publishing
Language:
English
Illustration :
b/w photo section
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Overview
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For years Steve Bond has been interviewing and recording veterans from all sides of the conflict, including air and ground crew. His aim was to transmit their engaging stories faithfully to a wider public. He spoke to British and German, German and Russian, British and Italian, American and German, who all shared the same piece of sky at the same time, in a sense, reuniting them, sometimes also literally. This is not a book about the rights and wrongs of war, nor the strategies of the military commanders. It is about the experiences and feelings of those in the front line charged with delivery of said strategy. It deals with the sharp end of key campaigns, but also the less ‘glamorous’ sides of service life – selection, training, aircraft ferrying, etc.

This is all original material and the stories of the veterans selected (some of them household names) are not edited but put in context by Bond, with overviews and annotations. The result gives the reader an up close series of snapshots in time, which is always fascinating, often remarkably so, and will stand as a worthy and valuable testament to the airmen themselves. Veterans quoted are from the following groupings: Air Transport Auxiliary, British Army, Civilians, Fleet Air Arm, Italian air force, Luftwaffe, Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force and Navy, Soviet air force, US Army, US Army Air Force, US Navy et al.

About The Author
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Dr Steve Bond is a life-long aviation professional and historian. He served in the Royal Air Force for twenty-two years as an aircraft propulsion technician, with tours on many different aircraft, and was part of the Eurofighter Typhoon project team in the MoD. A fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, he is also the author of many magazine articles and books including: Heroes All, Special Ops Liberators (with Richard Forder), Wimpy, Meteor Boys, and Javelin Boys for Grub Street.

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