Donald Dean VC: The Memoirs of a Volunteer & Territorial from Two World Wars

Author:   Terry Crowdy ,  Susan Bavin
Publisher:   Pen & Sword Books Ltd
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9781848841581


Pages:   176
Publication Date:   20 December 2010
Format:   Hardback
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Donald Dean lied about his age to enlist in the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment and serve on the Western Front, where he worked his way up from Private to acting Captain. It was in the last weeks of the war, late in September 1918, that he won his VC for leading a platoon in the determined defence of a recently-captured and isolated trench against repeated German counterattacks. In one of these attacks, the Germans actually broke into the trench, forcing Dean to break off a radio call for artillery support with the words 'The Germans are here, goodbye!' Refusing to be overrun, he personally killed four of the Germans before they were finally evicted. Dean also served in World War II, witnessing the fall of France in 1940 and claimingto be the last Brit to get out of Boulogne. His frank account of the evacuation challenges some cherished conceptions and is very critical of the conduct of the Irish Guards in particular. He went on to fight in Madagascar, Sicilya nd the Italian mainland. Donald Dean died in 1985. Military historian Terry Crowdy has edited Dean's letters and diaries, never previously published, adding additional notes and material from official reports to give the reader context. The result is a moving, often amusing and inspiring portrait of a little-known hero of two world wars. AUTHOR: Terry Crowdy is the author of several books, most recently the internationally acclaimed The Enemy Within: a History of Espionage (which earned him interviews on national radio and has been translated into Chinese) and the successful Military Misdemeanours. SELLING POINTS: Previously unpublished memoirs of a WWI VC winner Fought in two world wars, gives gripping account of action in both Claims to be the last Brit out of Boulogne in May 1940. His account of the Dunkirk evacuation contains some controversial criticism of the conduct of the Irish Guards in particular 40 b/w photographs

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Author:   Terry Crowdy ,  Susan Bavin
Publisher:   Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Imprint:   Pen & Sword Military
Weight:   0.540kg
ISBN:  

9781848841581


ISBN 10:   1848841582
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   20 December 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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He has produced a portrait of an outstanding Territorial which is also an illuminating study of how to command men in battle. It would bear reading by modern soldiers who seek to lead. - The Society of Friends of the National Army Museum


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T.E. CROWDY is a well-established author specializing in the Napoleonic Wars and espionage history. Known for his lively narrative and attention to detail, Crowdy's research on Marengo has won awards with the respected Napoleon Series Writing Contest. Marengo is the product of twenty years of research and visits to the battlefield. The author is the Fire and Emergency Planning Adviser for Historic Royal Palaces. He lives in Rainham, Kent.

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