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Battle of Britain: Harry Woods, England 1939-1941 (My Story)

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Battle of Britain: Harry Woods, England 1939-1941 (My Story)

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    Available in PDF Format | Battle of Britain: Harry Woods, England 1939-1941 (My Story).pdf | English
    Chris Priestly(Author)
OCTOBER 1940I was out, free of my aircraft, tumbling wildly in the air. I pulledthe ripcord. I was jerked back by the parachute as air punchedinto it and I swung there like a puppet, winded and gasping forbreath. I looked down at my leg. It felt like a bear was gnawingon it but it was still in one piece. For now, anyway. Then I heardit-right behind me. An Me 109 diving towards me, guns blazing.There was nothing I could do. Nowhere I could go. Shells whistledpast me on either side. I just thought, OK then. if this is it,OK. Maybe my turn had finally come...
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  • PDF | 144 pages
  • Chris Priestly(Author)
  • Scholastic (19 April 2002)
  • English
  • 4
  • Children's Books

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  • By S. Shamma on 14 December 2011

    This one's my favourite one yet of the series. I have never read about the Battle of Britain before, not from a RAF and aircrew perspective anyway. I am ashamed to say that I have never even considered pilots who fight in battles before this, because the focus is usually always on those fighting on land.Chris Priestley's style of writing is great. It was very amusing, very entertaining, very evocative and poignant, and most importantly...very real. He knew how to get us attached to Harry, to his family, to his friends, to Lenny especially - and he was able to successfully accomplish this in very limited space. Add to this the historical context, and the knowledge that is gained by reading this.I found the Moby-Dick part hilarious, and the German soldier part at the end extremely depressing. And the concept of war being honourable reminded me of one of my favourite poems "Dulce et Decorum est" by Wilfred Owen during World War I. In this poem, Owen refers to the old age lie, "Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori" - meaning, it is a sweet and fitting thing to die for one's country.On a separate note, reading the historical section at the back of the book, they included the nationalities of aircrew involved in the Battle of Britain, and how many of them were killed throughout. I was very surprised, and proud, to note that there was one Palestinian pilot, who took part in this battle. As I am a Palestinian myself, I found that to be of extreme interest.

  • By personofinterest on 11 June 2010

    I bought this for my 10 yr old son and he hasn't put it down since it arrived. It IS intended for children and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • By N. D. Price on 19 November 2009

    Avoid this if you want to read anything meaningful.This is a kids book and really it isnt worth much at all

  • By Mrs. Sylvia Page on 22 February 2011

    a most disappointing book,from its front cover it gives the impression of being a true story, which it is not. I can only describe this book utter rubbish.

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