War, Wine and Valour

War, Wine and Valour

by Dr. Douglas M. Baker, DG G

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BN ID: 2940015937336
Publisher: Baker eBooks Publishing
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 522
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author


Douglas Baker was born in North Finchley and as a child he emigrated with his English parents to Natal, South Africa. Volunteering in 1939 at age sixteen the author fought with the Natal Mounted Rifles in World War II. His regiment faced Axis forces progressively on five fronts; in Kenya, Central Abysinnia, the Western Desert in Egypt and Cyrenaica and again in mountainous Italy. After almost six years of active service and convalescence he came to understand the psychology of men at bay through first-hand experience and the dynamics of acute and sustained terror.

The experience of war evoked in him both curiosity and discovery about the human anatomy and psyche in extreme conditions leading him to study Medicine and Surgery at Sheffield University, England, in order to equip himself to investigate the hidden effects of shrapnel and other missiles such as those which had penetrated his own body in many places.

In his long standing friendship with Barbara Cartland they often talked of the impact that the World Wars had on society. Barbara Cartland herself, had suffered the loss of two brothers and a father in both wars. It was Barbara who encouraged the author to publish his story which she had read in his war diaries.

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