To me an early example of the unfairness of life. Doing O-Level English Literature in the mid 80s I had to "study" Chaucer's Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, including having to translate it word for word into something resembling English. The CSE kids got The Machine Gunners.If your lads into that he might like the book The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall. Think the TV version ( early 80s ) is on YouTube. If your not aware it's about souvenir collecting kids during the blitz who get a machine gun off a downed Luftwaffe plane ..