A German Tommy, The Secret of a War Hero

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The author has carefully researched this unusual story and told it well.

A most interesting book.

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NAME: A German Tommy, The Secret of a War Hero
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 200214
FILE: R1941
AUTHOR: Ken Anderson
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Great War, WWI, World War One, First World War, trench warfare, combat, human story, ANZAC, Australian Imperial Force
ISBN: 1-78346-274-4
IMAGE: B1941.jpg
BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/nawsjdf
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DESCRIPTION: In every war, it is assumed that all those fighting on one side were of a single nationality or group of nationalities and that no soldier is of the enemy nationality. That has probably never been true. In addition to those with parents representing both sides, there are individuals who have decided to fight for the opposite side. During WWII, many who had fled Nazi Germany decided to fight for their new adopted country. In WWI, it was a rather more dangerous situation because of the level of hatred for the Germans. In Britain this reached fever pitch with mobs destroying anyone or anything that had a German name.

This mob hatred extended across the British Empire and Australians behaved in much the same way as Britons.

It is against this background that the extraordinary story of Walter Schwarz unfolds. He was keen to fight Germany and joined the Australian Imperial Force. He deserted when he feared that his name would hold him back.

He then joined the Sportsman’s Battalion under an assumed English name and was sent to fight on the Western Front. Wounded in a courageous action, he was awarded the MC, presented to him by the King. He then admitted his past but the King granted him a full pardon.

The author has carefully researched this unusual story and told it well.

A most interesting book.

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