One Man's War

One Man's War

The WW II Saga of Tommy LaMore

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Escaping certain death not once but several times lies at the core of this riveting, real-life story of an American soldier during World War II. In One Man's War: The WW II Saga of Tommy LaMore, a B-17 airman vividly details his experiences in war-ravaged Europe, from the horrific to the romantic and beyond. He tells what it was like to be among the first airmen in the B-17s, to prepare oneself for long missions over enemy territory, to be in heavy aerial bombardment by German fighters, to be shot down, finding oneself first in friendly hands and then in enemy hands, to be at the mercy of merciless German guards, to be one of the few American to enter, much less escape, an infamous death camp.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audiobooks, 2002.
ISBN: 9780786125159
0786125152
Summary: Escaping certain death not once but several times lies at the core of this riveting, real-life story of an American soldier during World War II. In One Man's War: The WW II Saga of Tommy LaMore, a B-17 airman vividly details his experiences in war-ravaged Europe, from the horrific to the romantic and beyond. He tells what it was like to be among the first airmen in the B-17s, to prepare oneself for long missions over enemy territory, to be in heavy aerial bombardment by German fighters, to be shot down, finding oneself first in friendly hands and then in enemy hands, to be at the mercy of merciless German guards, to be one of the few American to enter, much less escape, an infamous death camp.

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bibliotechnocrat Apr 30, 2014

This book covers a little known episode of the second world war. A large number of allied bombers went down on their way back to Italy after bombing the Nazi-held Romanian oil fields. Many airmen bailed out over the former Yugoslavia - which was not only occupied by the Germans, but also fighting a civil war. The bomber crews were protected by a rebel faction and 512 were rescued in an unlikely mission involving building an airstrip in occupied territory.

Unfortunately, Freeman's writing style is repetitious and tedious. At times, it feels like a high-school essay in which we're told what will be said, then it is actually said, and finally, we're told what had been expressed. Additionally, there seemed to be some geographical confusion, calling into doubt the quality of research. To be sure, there are interesting revelations, but overall I'd advise giving this one a miss.

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