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Barney Greatrex : From Bomber Command to the French Resistance - the stirring story of an Australian hero - Michael Veitch

Barney Greatrex

From Bomber Command to the French Resistance - the stirring story of an Australian hero

Paperback Published: 29th January 2019
ISBN: 9780733640902
Number Of Pages: 352

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The incredible untold World War II story of Australian hero BARNEY GREATREX - from Bomber Command to French Resistance fighter.

A school and university cadet in Sydney, Barney Greatrex signed up for RAF Bomber Command in 1941, eager to get straight into the very centre of the Allied counterattack. Bombing Germany night after night, Barney's 61 Squadron 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 his war was far from over. Rescued by the French Resistance, Barney seized the opportunity to carry on fighting and joined the Maquis in the liberation of France from the occupying German forces, who rarely took prisoners.

Later, Barney was awarded the French Legion of Honour, but for seventy years he said almost nothing of his incredible war service - surviving two of the most dangerous battlefronts. Aged 97, Barney Greatrex revealed his truly great Australian war story to acclaimed bestselling author Michael Veitch.

'fascinating . . . Veitch brings the story vividly to life' Sydney Morning Herald Pick of the Week

'Veitch has done a wonderful job . . . a fast-paced and thrilling tale' Daily Telegraph

Industry Reviews

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

fascinating - Sydney Morning Herald

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

ISBN: 9780733640902
ISBN-10: 0733640907
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 29th January 2019
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1