Stanley Hollis won the Victoria Cross when, on the 6th of June 1944, he single-handedly stormed a German pillbox before going on to save the lives of two comrades. Drawing on Hollis's personal diaries and letters, the author describes the real man behind the heroic image.
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(240mm x 170mm x 10mm)
Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
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UK Kirkus Review »
Mike Morgan's D-Day Hero is for those who like their military history with a whiff of cordite. In this vivid new book we get a fresh and individual account of the battle in Normandy 60 years ago, as seen by Company Sergeant Major Stanley Hollis. For a slim volume this one has ambitious scope. It not only looks at Hollis's life, career and regiment, but also relates these to the wider significance of D-Day and the Second World War as a whole. In essence, though, it is a very personal record of an outstanding member of a Yorkshire regiment and its real strength lies in the eyewitness accounts from commanding officers and Hollis's peers; these give a wonderful perspective on the real and visceral experience of the landings. The tone is absolutely partisan, but draws on wide range of sources as it develops this engaging portrait of a brave and very determined man. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Mike Morgan
Mike organ is a senior journalist with the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette and author of Daggers Drawn and Sting of the Scorpion. He is a winner of the government's national Race in the Media Award for Campaigning Journalism and a former Yorkshire Press Awards News Reporter and News Feature Writer of theYear. He lives in Whitby.