Barney Greatrex Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The incredible untold World War II story of Australian hero Barney Greatrex - from Bomber Command to French Resistance fighter.
A high school and university cadet in Sydney, Barney Greatrex signed up for Bomber Command in 1941, keen to get straight into the very centre of the Allied counterattack. The RAF's strategic bombing missions faced the deadliest and most dangerous fighting imaginable as they attempted to break the will of the German people and destroy its industrial might.
Bombing Germany night after night, they faced continual enemy fighter attacks and antiaircraft fire - death or capture by the Nazis loomed large. Very few survived more than 20 missions, and it was on his 20th mission, in 1944, that Barney's luck finally ran out: he was shot down over occupied France.
But Greatrex's war was far from over. Rescued by the French Resistance, he seized the opportunity to carry on fighting and joined his local Maquis. Alongside the men and women of the Vosges, he took part in the often savage and always dangerous operations against the occupying German forces to assist the Allies in the liberation of France.
Barney was awarded the French Legion of Honour after the war, and his unique World War II story, surviving two of its most dangerous and diverse battlefronts, is told here for the first time.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 6 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 April 2018|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 53,984 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
65 in Air Forces Military History
88 in World War II Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
97 in History of Veterans
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From Sydney schoolboy to Bomber Command aircrew and ultimately the French Resistance, Barney’s tale is brought to life through Veitch’s engaging style. Underpinning Greatrex’s humility is the other common quality of survivors – a healthy respect the role that luck can play. From being the lone survivor of his doomed Lancaster aircraft to close encounters with enemy ground troops, Barney fortunately came out on the better side of fate – albeit with further challenges.
This fascinating tale of survival brings a distant war to a new generation through the eyes of Barney Greatrex. Whether in the skies, or on the ground, the greatest fight for Barney was the battle to survive.