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I know - I was attempting a phonetic simulation for the hard of hearing (in fact it should have been the "you" that was made to sound like ὕ; oh, it does already ...)
I promise to give up all forms of irony and litotes in future posts - well, I would say that, wouldn't I
O.K. here we go, this one's a bit tougher! I read this book about 28 years ago, as a lad. It is the story of an R.A.F. crewman - iirc, a gunner in a lanc - who is forced to bail over Germany in the later stages of the war, and make his way back to allied lines. The bits of the story I can still recall are, his parachute drop were he loses his boot(s), walking bootless in the snow, eating turnips from the fields, sleeping in barns and finally making it back to friendlies. Any ideas as to the title? Over to you.
My copy has the same cover as that shown by stevef, I wonder if I bought it for the cover? Although I would readily accept that the characters may be based on Gutersloh, the physical descriptions of locations around the camp and local area were not of Gutersloh. Does anyone know which camp they related to, was that Wahn?
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Can't remember the location descriptions, in the book, but ISTR Fassberg was surrounded by pine forests. Re Wahn. The village of Wahn was located right outside the Camp gates. Naturally it had quite a few bars/restaurants with Das Bienenhause dancehall being the most popular venue. Wahn was also home to 83 Group HQ's. and a PDU! I believe it mentions in the book that the Regiment at Gutersloh had a particularly bad name, with organised chain gangs responsible for gang warfare with the locals and for raping some local girls. Even at Wahn we Sqdn chaps steered well clear of the Rockapes. Thankfully they were banned from the Malcom Club Another story I heard re. Gutersloh was that corporals were allocated 200yds of camp roads apiece. If as much as cigarette butt was found in the gutter the responsible corporal was put on a charge! Apocryphal perhaps but it's funny how the memory is stirred into remembering things, long forgotten.
My recollection of it - poor Ricky - was that it was Wahn (but could be wrong) and by the way, no, Debbie wasn't in Dallas. She just fancied a trip there - and got some friends to help. Interesting piece of fund raising!