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Created by John Eipper on 06/10/19 10:22 PM

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Bailey's "Forgotten Voices of D-Day" (John Heelan, UK, 06/10/19 10:22 pm)

We have discussed the value of oral history recently.

I have just discovered a book Forgotten Voices of D-Day:  A Powerful New History of the Normandy Landings in the Words of Those who Were There, by Roderick Bailey with an intro by Winston Churchill (2009). The book is based on thousands of recordings of eye-witness testimony curated by the UK's Imperial War Museum. The voices of officers, private soldiers, support staff and others provide a powerful picture of what it was actually like to take part in the D-Day landings.

Well worth reading!

JE comments:  Sounds like another "must read."  The "forgotten" people often have the best stories to tell.  I am reminded of Guy Sajer's The Forgotten Soldier (1965), first recommended to me by WAISer Vince Littrell.  Sajer was a common soldier in the Wehrmacht, one of the last Germans alive on the Eastern Front.  Now that I've experienced Szczecin/Stettin, I'm going to re-read his book.

I'm not clear on how Bailey recruited Churchill for a forward, though...

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  • Winston Churchill...and Winston Churchill (Timothy Ashby, Spain 06/11/19 3:39 AM)

    John E asked about the Winston Churchill who wrote the introduction to Roderick Bailey's Forgotten Voices of D-Day. He was Sir Winston's grandson, who sadly died the year after this book was published. I met him several times. Definitely cut from the same cloth as his grandfather.

    JE comments:  Ah, Tim.  You must tell us more about Winston the Younger.

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