World War 2

Alamein to Zem Zem by Keith Douglas

By Keith Douglas

'This is the single ebook from the second one international conflict similar with the first-war narratives of Sassoon, Blunden or Graves... while the conflict of El Alamein started, the poet Keith Douglas used to be in Cairo with Divisional HQ. keen to not leave out the motion, he took a truck and, opposed to orders, drove to re-join his regiment. He served as a tank commander during the entire of the allied improve throughout North Africa, and Alamein to Zem Zem (1946) is his tale. Boyishness and inexperience provide it flash-bulb immediacy... Scenes of unforgettable pity and terror unfold... every little thing, from vegetation carpeting the barren region in wintry weather to vanquished enemies, is noticeable with a poet's eye and the generosity of youth.' John Carey, Guardian

This Faber unearths version of Keith Douglas's vintage paintings - initially released years after his loss of life in Normandy in 1944 - encompasses a new preface via the novelist Richard Skinner.

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The American William Russell witnessed the Berlin public as they eagerly gathered to hear Hitler’s speech. ‘It was already three o’clock’, he wrote: I stopped in front of a radio shop, where a large crowd was collected on the sidewalk to listen to an outside loud speaker. Martial music blared from the radio. The Germans talked happily amongst themselves. We waited for an hour, hearing the stirring music all the time. Finally, not at three o’clock but at four, came the voice of Adolf Hitler. The crowd on the sidewalk was deathly quiet.

60 The peace rumour was certainly not confined to the ‘babbling’ housewives at market stalls. In the university, it was relayed during lectures with no doubts expressed as to its authenticity. ’62 An American observer noted that the Germans he saw on the streets of the capital that morning were smiling in a way that he hadn’t seen since the time of the Anschluss. ‘On Potsdamer Platz’, he wrote, ‘I saw people who had gone crazy with joy. Strangers grabbed strangers by the arms to tell them the wonderful news.

35 faith in the führer 23 She soon discovered, to her embarrassment, that her fellow diners had all assumed that the siren was a test. For those waking to a bright autumn morning the next day, 2 September, it might have been possible to imagine, albeit briefly, that the momentous events of the previous day had been no more than a bizarre dream. That is until the German press and radio wrenched them back into the new reality of military offensives, artillery bombardments and ‘Polish perfidy’. The newspapers that morning triumphantly recorded that German forces had advanced all along the line; Danzig had been welcomed back to the Reich, Teschen on the Polish–Czech frontier had fallen and the rail link to Gdynia had been severed.

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