This anthology is... a distillation of what the fighters put down at the time or in retrospect to tell others (or perhaps convince themselves) what it was all about. Here are the words of the wise, the witty, the nonchalant, the devil-may-care- the poets and the prodigals.' From the Editor's Foreword n land, the Second World War provided an infinite variety of experience, often under stresses as great as human beings have endured. Reactions are correspondingly various - from the comic to the appalled. ere are the testimonies of those who fought in all the great campaigns - in Europe, Africa and the Far East. Here too are the words of prisoners, partisans, saboteurs and soldiers in private armies. his is the third volume in the unique Freedom's Battle trilogy, which provides intensely vivid accounts of war at sea, in the air and on land. Far better than any single narrative, the extracts build up a complete picture of the War as it was experienced by the men and women who actually fought in it.
The late Ronald Lewin was a classical scholar at Queen's College, Oxford, where he obtained a Double First. During the Second World War he served as an officer in the Royal Artillery with the Eighth Army in Africa, and in north-west Europe from Normandy to Germany. From 1946 he worked for the BBC - from 1957 to 1964 as Head of the Home Service. His publications include studies of Rommel and Montgomery, as well as numerous articles on recent military history.