The incredible untold World War II story of Australian hero Barney Greatrex - from Bomber Command to French Resistance fighter.
A high school and university cadet in Sydney, Barney Greatrex signed up for Bomber Command in 1941, keen to get straight into the very centre of the Allied counterattack. The RAF's strategic bombing missions faced the deadliest and most dangerous fighting imaginable as they attempted to break the will of the German people and destroy its industrial might. Bombing Germany night after night, they faced continual enemy fighter attacks and anti-aircraft fire - death or capture by the Nazis loomed large. Very few survived more than 20 missions, and it was on his 20th mission, in 1944, that Barney's luck finally ran out: he was shot down over occupied France.
But Greatrex's war was far from over. Rescued by the French Resistance, he seized the opportunity to carry on fighting and joined his local Maquis. Alongside the men and women of the Vosges, he took part in the often savage and always dangerous operations against the occupying German forces to assist the Allies in the liberation of France.
Barney was awarded the French Legion of Honour after the war, and his unique World War II story, surviving two of its most dangerous and diverse battlefronts, is told here for the first time by acclaimed bestselling author Michael Veitch.
About the Author
Michael Veitch is well known as an author, actor, comedian and former ABC television and radio presenter. His books include the critically acclaimed accounts of Australian pilots in World War II, 44 Days, Heroes Of The Skies, Fly, Flak
and the forthcoming Barney Greatrex
. He lives in the Yarra Valley, outside Melbourne.
fascinating . . . Veitch brings the story vividly to life. - Sydney Morning Herald - Pick of the Week
an extraordinary story - GOLD COAST BULLETIN
Brilliantly researched and sympathetically told, 44 DAYS is more than just a fitting tribute to brave but overlooked heroes. It's also a top read. - DAILY TELEGRAPH on Michael Veitch's 44 DAYS
should be part of Australian military folklore. - ADELAIDE ADVERTISER on Michael Veitch's 44 DAYS
compelling - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD on Michael Veitch's HEROES OF THE SKIES
Michael Veitch, as in his brilliant 44 Days, weaves Barney's narrative with adroit segues into the wider war. - Adelaide Advertiser
An entertaining and comprehensive tour . . . Few readers will remain unmoved. - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD on Michael Veitch's THE FORGOTTEN ISLANDS
A rich and enjoyable island-hopping journey. - SUNDAY HERALD SUN on Michael Veitch's THE FORGOTTEN ISLANDS