Secret diary that survived to tell a real soldier’s tale

From today's Times:

EXACTLY 61 years ago to the day, my great-uncle Jack Swaab was soaked to the skin, face down in a Dutch pine forest with shells exploding all about him, convinced that he was about to die.

He can be so sure about this because, strictly against orders, he kept a journal in which he recorded everything that happened to him and his comrades as they fought their way across North Africa, Sicily and northern Europe

Field of Fire, by Jack Swaab, is published by Sutton on November 24. £19.99,,2-1878457,00.html


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