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Captivating biographies: war stories past and present

Captivating biographies: war stories past and present

Date: 7th November 2023

Remembrance Day, observed on November 11th, honours the sacrifices of military personnel who died in World Wars and subsequent conflicts. People wear red poppies as a symbol of remembrance, and ceremonies are held worldwide, including two-minute silences to reflect on the bravery and service of those who gave their lives for their countries. 

As we celebrate Remembrance Day in the UK, here are some captivating stories about those who served in our military, past and present.  

Behind Enemy Lines: The Autobiography of Britain's Most Decorated Living War Hero   

Sir Tommy Macpherson, the most decorated living British Army soldier, earned three Military Crosses, three Croix de guerre, a Légion d'honneur, and a papal knighthood for his WWII heroics. His untold story includes convincing 23,000 SS soldiers to surrender, halting Tito's annexation of northeast Italy, and two daring escapes from captivity.   

Tommy became a legendary commando, with notable encounters involving figures like Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Montgomery, and Charles de Gaulle. 

 

My Early Life by Winston Churchill  

Released in 1930, in "My Early Life," Winston Churchill recounts his early years, spanning his childhood, military adventures, and experiences as a war correspondent. This insightful autobiography provides a personal glimpse into the renowned statesman's formative years, revealing his aspirations, challenges, and the events that shaped his extraordinary life. 

 

Anne Frank: The Diary of Anne Frank 

A famous name, and one of the most famous autobiographies of all time, The Diary of Anne Frank was written during the Nazi occupation of Germany, starting in 1942 on Anne’s 13th Birthday and ends suddenly on 1 August 1944. During this period, Jewish citizens were forced to go into hiding as a result of Hitler and the Nazi Party’s treatment of Jews in Europe, and Anne documents the struggle she and her family endured. 

 

The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan  

"The Longest Day" by Cornelius Ryan offers a thorough and gripping narrative of the pivotal D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944. Through meticulous research and compelling storytelling, Ryan vividly portrays the heroism, challenges, and complexities of this historic operation, capturing the intense struggles and sacrifices of that day. 

 

Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II 

"Operation Mincemeat" recounts a captivating true story from World War II. It delves into the ingenious and audacious British deception operation to mislead the Axis forces about the Allied invasion of Southern Europe. Through the use of a fabricated corpse and false documents, the Allies successfully diverted enemy attention, altering the course of the war. 

 

Share your story   

There are many reasons that people choose to share their life story. Whether you are writing an autobiography or memoir, perhaps you’ve lived the kind of life that’s inspired people, or maybe you’d love for your family and future generations to be able to read about your life in your own words.    

If reading any of these brilliant autobiographies gets you thinking about writing your own life story, get in touch and we can help you tell your story, your way.