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Escaping with His Life: From Dunkirk to D-Day & Beyond

Escaping with His Life: From Dunkirk to D-Day & Beyond

by Nicholas Young
Escaping with His Life: From Dunkirk to D-Day & Beyond

Escaping with His Life: From Dunkirk to D-Day & Beyond

by Nicholas Young


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Very few British soldiers could lay claim to such a full war as Leslie Young. Having survived the retreat to and evacuation from Dunkirk, he volunteered for the newly formed Commandos and took part in their first operation, the raid on the Lofoten Islands. He fought and was captured in Tunisia. He went on the run before his POW camp at Fontanellato was taken over by the Nazis after the September 1943 Italian armistice. He spent six months on the run in the Apennine mountains aided by brave and selfless Italians. Many of whom were actively fighting their occupiers. He eventually reached Allied lines but not before several of his companions were tragically killed by both German and American fire.

On return to England he immediately signed up for the invasion of North West Europe and despite being wounded eventually fought through to Germany.

It is thanks to his son’s research that Major Young’s story can now be told. It is an inspiring and thrilling account which demands to be read.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526746634
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 08/09/2019
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sir Nicholas Young’s distinguished career began as a corporate lawyer with one of the ‘Magic Circle’ law firms. After moving to East Anglia, he discovered his vocation as a charity worker, first with Sue Ryder and Leonard Cheshire before becoming Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support and then Chief Executive of The Red Cross, stepping down in 2014 after thirteen years.

He was knighted for services to cancer care in 2000 and received The Queen’s Badge of Honour in 2013. In retirement he remains a charity trustee, adviser and consultant.

He and his wife, Helen, live in Suffolk and have three sons, for whom this tribute to his Father was originally written.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xi

List of Maps xiii

Prologue xv

Chapter 1 To War - with the British Expeditionary Force in France 1

Chapter 2 Retreat 13

Chapter 3 Dunkirk 23

Chapter 4 Operation Dynamo 29

Chapter 5 A Day at the Beach 33

Chapter 6 With the Commandos - Weymouth 39

Chapter 7 With the Commandos - Scotland 53

Chapter 8 The Lofoten Island Raid 57

Chapter 9 Return to the Bedfords 75

Chapter 10 The War in North Africa 81

Chapter 11 Tunisia 1943 85

Chapter 12 Into Captivity 99

Chapter 13 Fontanellato 107

Chapter 14 Armistice - and Freedom 117

Chapter 15 On the Run 133

Chapter 16 Christmas in Corvaro 153

Chapter 17 News of a Landing 159

Chapter 18 Triumph and Tragedy 163

Chapter 19 Going Home 171

Chapter 20 Preparing to Invade 181

Chapter 21 Operation Overlord 185

Chapter 22 The Breakout 201

Chapter 23 The Great Swan 207

Chapter 24 Operation Market Garden 215

Chapter 25 Holding the Line 219

Chapter 26 Farewell 227

Bibliography 229

Index 233

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