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Deedes, W F

At war with Waugh. 2004. Read by W F Deedes, 4 hours 35 minutes. TB 13766.

A delightful book of memoir from one of Britain's most beloved journalists One of Evelyn Waugh's most popular novels is SCOOP. It is an exuberant, hilarious comedy of mistaken identity and a brilliant satire on Fleet Street and its relentless and hectic pursuit of hot news set during the Italo-Ethiopian War of 1936. It tells the story of William Boot, a nature journalist mistakenly dispatched to cover a foreign war, and finding himself deep in the middle of danger and political absurdity. Unknown to many, the story is based on the true exploits of one Bill Deedes, upon whom Waugh based Boot, and here for the first time Deedes tells the real story of his adventures in Abyssinia in the 1930s, in his own unique and hilarious way. It is a story of amateurish bungles and almost Pythonesque incongruities. TB 13766.

Deighton, Len

Fighter: the true story of the Battle of Britain. 1977. Read by Andrew Timothy, 10 hours 4 minutes. TB 3707.

The true story of the Battle of Britain, described as much from the German as from the British point of view. TB 3707.

De Souza, Ken

Escape from Ascoli: story of evasion and escape. 1989. Read by Jonathan Oliver, 7 hours 48 minutes. TB 8695.

We were never heroes, Hal and I, just two men separated from their loved ones by war. By the time we became POWs, we had developed a mutual trust which made our escape possible. What we had in common was our determination to get to our wives. TB 8695.

Dickison, Arthur

Crash dive: in action with HMS Safari, 1942-43. 2003. Read by Robbie MacNab, 12 hours 1 minute. TB 15414.

This record of life on board HMS Safari is based on original first-hand accounts. As the boat's leading telegraphist, Arthur Dickison had a privileged position in the crew, with access to all signals traffic and the navigation officer as his boss who gave him an insight into why they were doing what they did. Over 18 months of war patrols he kept a personal diary of life aboard Safari. In it he records daily events ranging from the tedium of long sea passages to stalking enemy convoys, crash dives and fighting it out on the surface. TB 15414.

Dorrian, James

Storming St Nazaire: the gripping story of the dock-busting raid, March, 1942. 1998. Read by Alexander John, 13 hours 23 minutes. TB 12374.

The author tells the story of the raid to destroy the docks at St Nazaire so as to deny a berth to the German battleship TIRPITZ. He describes the strategic situation, outlines the plan, and gives some background on the primary individuals involved before providing a highly-detailed account of the raid itself. TB 12374.

Evans, Richard J

The Third Reich at war: how the Nazis led Germany from conquest to disaster. 2009. Read by Jon Cartwright, 33 hours 45 minutes. TB 17608.

Third Reich; book 3. Sequel to: The Third Reich in power, 1933-1939, TB 17053. In 1939 Hitler mobilized Germany into all-out war. Richard Evans's astonishing, acclaimed history conjures up a whole society plunged into conflict - from generals and front-line soldiers to Hitler Youth activists and middle-class housewives - tracing events from the invasion of Poland and the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler's plans for genocide and his eventual suicide. Contains strong language. TB 17608.

Farwell, Byron

The great Boer War. 1977. Read by Stanley Pritchard, 25 hours 49 minutes. TB 3289.

A definitive history of the great conflict that raged from 1899 to 1902 between the British Empire, at its peak of power and arrogance, and a tiny nation, stubbornly fighting to maintain its independence. TB 3289.

Fenby, Jonathan

Alliance: the inside story of how Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill won one war and began another. 2008. Read by Steve Hodson, 20 hours 57 minutes. TB 15933.

Throughout the war the 'Big Three' - Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin - met in various permutations and locations to thrash out ways to defeat Nazi Germany - and, just as importantly, to decide the way Europe would look after the war. This was the political rather than military struggle: a battle of wills and diplomacy between three men with vastly differing backgrounds, characters - and agendas. Focusing on the riveting interplay between these three extraordinary personalities, Jonathan Fenby re-creates the major Allied conferences including Casablanca, Potsdam and Yalta to show exactly who bullied whom, who was really in control, and how the key decisions were taken. Contains strong language. TB 15933.

Figes, Orlando

Crimea: the last crusade. 2010. Read by Richard Burnip, 21 hours 57 minutes. TB 18251.

The terrible conflict that dominated the mid 19th century, the Crimean War killed at least 800,000 men and pitted Russia against a formidable coalition of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire. Drawing on a range of sources, Figes gives the lived experience of the war, from that of the ordinary British soldier in his snow-filled trench, to the haunted, gloomy, narrow figure of Tsar Nicholas himself as he vows to take on the whole world in his hunt for religious salvation. TB 18251.

Francia, Paul

Mortar fire: Normandy to Germany 1944-45. Read by John Hosken, 3 hours 1 minute. TB 10018.

This is the story of "D" company, 1st Middlesex Regiment, during the liberation of Europe. Paul Francia traced and interviewed his former company comrades and compiled a rare and vivid military history, as experienced by the rank and file who actually faced the enemy. The author is himself blind as a result of service with "D" company in the push to the Rhine. John Hosken, the narrator, has for many years described the Cenotaph service on Remembrance Sunday for radio listeners. TB 10018.

Fraser, David

Alanbrooke. 1982. Read by Derek Chandler, 28 hours 5 minutes. TB 4402.

From November 1941, when Churchill made him Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Alanbrooke was working at the un-newsworthy task of welding it into the most efficient machinery for running a war that any country had ever known, while others won a more public glory on the battlefields of Africa and Europe. An elegant corrective of a (probably) underestimated soldier, by a fellow soldier. TB 4402.

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