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The Daily Telegraph Book of Military Obituaries by David Twiston Davies

The Daily Telegraph Book of Military Obituaries


The Daily Telegraph Book of Military Obituaries by David Twiston Davies

In the seventeen years since The Daily Telegraph started to take its obituaries seriously by allotting them a special section in the paper, it has published around 1,000 obituaries of soldiers, as well as almost equal numbers of sailors and airmen. The 100 to be found here, which have never before been collected in book form, were chosen to show the widest range of military experience. They include those who performed astonishing acts of bravery, such as the New Zealander Charles Upham, who won the Victoria Cross twice in Crete and North Africa, the commando leader Mad Jack Churchill and Drum Major Buss, the bugler who rallied the Glosters at the Imjin River in Korea. Among the senior figures are General Mazek, who commanded the Poles in Normandy, the rigorous Field Marshal Lord Carver and General Sir Walter Walker, who won three DSOs.


'Almost every obituary contains stories of stoicism and courage: to read them is to be convinced of the wastefulness of war, but also to recognize how much we owe to those who endure such tribulations.'
Philip Ziegler

'...they evoke swirling, profound, even guilty emotions. To those Britons who have known only peace, these are thought-provoking and humbling essays in valour.'
Andrew Roberts, Daily Telegraph

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Publication date

15th September 2005


David Twiston Davies

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512 pages


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