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NATIONAL SERVICE, ELVIS & ME! By David Fowler
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National Service, Elvis and Me! is a serious but light-hearted look at the 13 years of peacetime National Service which led to the call-up of around 2.3 million men in their late teenage years. Most... More > men served for 2 years between 1949 and 1961. Every alternate Thursday for 13 years 6,000 men were called-up and allocated to either the Army, the RAF or the Royal Navy. Elvis Presley was on manoeuvres in Germany with the US Forces when he entered the story, and Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Harry Corbett, Brian Clough, Kenny Lynch, Bill Wyman and other personalities also feature. Serious in some parts, and hilariously funny in others, there are tales of training in the UK; square bashing and ’bulling',war games the antics many of the testosterone charged men got up to; humour; and the camaraderie which arose from men being thrown into a massive pond and having to sink or swim. With 425 pages and many photographs this book is a fascinating read for anyone.< Less
God Bless the Prince of Wales By David Fowler
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'God Bless the Prince of Wales' is the story of the town of Scarborough and the Prince of Wales and other hotels in the town during WWII. Hotels were requisitioned to train RAF aircrew. Some of the... More > 6,000 aircrew who trained in the town, recall their training and what they went on to do. Blackouts, rationing, evacuees, queuing for silk stockings, young men who rowed across the North Sea to assist our War effort, heroism, air raids, incendiaries, injury, and death are mentioned and there are many touches of humour. Also mentioned is the Lancaster bomber which ‘buzzed’ the town; the Lysander plane which crashed killing both pilots; pilot training on Oliver’s Mount for clandestine operations; bravery and heroism in the air and on the ground; the Resistance in Italy near Monte Cassino; and did Hitler really instruct the Luftwaffe not to bomb the Grand Hotel as he wanted to make it his Reich Chancellery had he won the war? With 240 pages and many photographs this book is a fascinating read.< Less
NATIONAL SERVICE, ELVIS & ME! By David Fowler
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National Service, Elvis and Me! is a serious but light-hearted look at the 13 years of peacetime National Service which led to the call-up of around 2.3 million men in their late teenage years. Most... More > men served for 2 years between 1949 and 1961. Every alternate Thursday for 13 years 6,000 men were called-up and allocated to either the Army, the RAF or the Royal Navy. Elvis Presley was on manoeuvres in Germany with the US Forces when he entered the story, and Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Harry Corbett, Brian Clough, Kenny Lynch, Bill Wyman and other personalities also feature. Serious in some parts, and hilariously funny in others, there are tales of training in the UK; square bashing and ’bulling',war games the antics many of the testosterone charged men got up to; humour; and the camaraderie which arose from men being thrown into a massive pond and having to sink or swim. With 425 pages and many photographs this book is a fascinating read for anyone.< Less

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