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Famous by Richard Van Emden
Book DescriptionFamous tells the Great War stories of twenty of Britain's most respected, best known and even notorious celebrities. They include politicians, actors, writers, an explorer, a sculptor and even a murderer. The generation that grew up in the late 19th Century enlisted enthusiastically in the defence of the country. Many would become household names such as Basil Rathbone, the definitive Sherlock Holmes, AA Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh, and Arnold Ridley who found fame and public affection as the dour Scotsman Fraser, and the gentle and genial Godfrey, in Dad's Army. From politicians such as Harold Macmillan and Winston Churchill to writers includsing JB Priestley, and JRR Tolkein, from sculptors like Henry Moore, to composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, their fame and influence continue even into the 21st Century. The authors have discovered the exact locations where these celebrities saw action. They tell the story of where CS Lewis was wounded and invalided home, and how Basil Rathbone won the Military Cross for a trench raid (while dressed as a tree). Each story is examined in detail with pictures taken of the very spot where the actions took place. There are maps of the area that will guide enterprising readers to walk in the footsteps of their heroes.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844156429
(234mm x 156mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publish Date: 17-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard Van Emden
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A wonderful farewell to the generation that fought at the battles of the Somme, Ypres, Passchendaele, Arras and Loos.
This Bloody Place, Hardback (November 2015)
Second in the Van Emden Collection, a series of WW1 diaries published during or shortly after the Great War but are now long forgotten.
Gallipoli, Hardback (March 2015)» View all books by Richard Van Emden
Gallipoli is well known as one of the great disasters of the Great War. Now for the first time we can see just how bad it really was and why it all went wrong.
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