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Barney Greatrex

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From Bomber Command to the French Resistance - The Stirring Story of An Australian Hero

by Michael Veitch
Paperback
Publication Date: 29/01/2019
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The incredible untold World War II story of Australian hero Barney Greatrex - from Bomber Command to French Resistance fighter.

A school and university cadet in Sydney, Barney Greatrex signed up for RAF Bomber Command in 1941, eager to get straight into the very centre of the Allied counterattack. Bombing Germany night after night, Barney's 61 Squadron faced continual enemy fighter attacks and anti-aircraft fire - death or capture by the Nazis loomed large. Very few survived more than 20 missions, and it was on his 20th mission, in 1944, that Barney's luck finally ran out: he was shot down over occupied France.

But his war was far from over. Rescued by the French Resistance, Barney seized the opportunity to carry on fighting and joined the Maquis in the liberation of France from the occupying German forces, who rarely took prisoners.

Later, Barney was awarded the French Legion of Honour, but for seventy years he said almost nothing of his incredible war service - surviving two of the most dangerous battlefronts. Aged 97, Barney Greatrex revealed his truly great Australian war story to acclaimed bestselling author Michael Veitch. 

ISBN:
9780733640902
9780733640902
Category:
Military veterans
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
29-01-2019
Publisher:
Hachette Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
352
Dimensions (mm):
196x124x26mm
Weight:
0.24kg

"Fascinating...Veitch brings the story vividly to life"
Sydney Morning Herald Pick of the Week

"Veitch has done a wonderful job...a fast-paced and thrilling tale"
Daily Telegraph

"An extraordinary story"
Gold Coast Bulletin

Michael Veitch

Michael Veitch is well known as an author, actor, comedian and former ABC television and radio presenter. His books include the critically acclaimed accounts of Australian airmen in World War II, 44 Days, Heroes of the Skies, Fly, Flak and Barney Greatrex. He lives in the Yarra Valley, outside Melbourne.

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  • A good read

    by on

    Well put together by Michael Veitch, although I'm not sure about the accuracy, as it all relies on the memory of two very old brothers. I found the section on the time with the Marquis a little disappointing, however this is most likely due to the fact that I recently finished reading the biography of Nancy Wake. A distinctly different story. Despite this I did enjoy the read.

  • barney Greatrex

    by on

    great story.