Deserter: The Last Untold Story of the Second World War

by Charles Glass

On Sale: 02/04/2013

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About the Book

The extraordinary story of the deserters of the Second World War. Who were they? What made them run? And what happened once they made the decision to flee?

During the Second World War, the British lost 100,000 troops to desertion, and the Americans 40,000. Commonwealth forces from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Britain's colonial empire also left the ranks in their thousands. The overwhelming majority of deserters from all armies were front-line infantry troops; without them, the war was harder to win. Many of these men were captured and court martialled, while others were never apprehended. Some remain wanted to this day. Why did these men decide to flee their ranks?

In ‘Deserter', veteran reporter and historian Charles Glass follows a group of British and American deserters into the heat of battle and explores what motivated them to take their fateful decision to run away. The result is a highly emotional and engaging study of an under-explored area of World War II history.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780007345922
  • ISBN 10: 0007345925
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - GB
  • On Sale: 02/04/2013
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: 42.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Society & social sciences / Warfare & defence

Biography

Charles Glass is the author of ‘Americans in Paris’, ‘Tribes with Flags’, ‘The Tribes Triumphant’, ‘Money for Old Rope’ and ‘The Northern Front: An Iraq War Diary’. A world-famous journalist and broadcaster, he was Chief Middle East Correspondent for ABC News from 1983 to 1993, and has covered wars and political upheaval throughout the world. His writing appears in the Independent and the Spectator. He divides his time between Paris, Tuscany and London.Visit his website at www.charlesglass.net


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