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The Resource Tomorrow to be brave, Susan Travers with Wendy Holden

Tomorrow to be brave, Susan Travers with Wendy Holden

Label
Tomorrow to be brave
Title
Tomorrow to be brave
Statement of responsibility
Susan Travers with Wendy Holden
Title variation
Memoir of the only woman ever to serve in the French Foreign Legion
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"It was early spring 1942, and under the pitiless sky of the Libyan desert the climax of the great siege of Bir Hakeim was about to begin. General Koenig, the commander of the Free French and the Foreign Legion in North Africa, and his two thousand troops had been surrounded for fifteen days and nights by Rommel's Afrika Corps. Outnumbered ten to one, pounded by wave after wave of Stuka and Heikel bombers, the general and his men seemed doomed. Though their situation was hopeless, they chose to reject the Desert Fox's demand for surrender. Instead, one moonless night, the French made an audacious and suicidal bid for freedom by charging directly through the German lines. Leading the way was Susan Travers. The only woman ever to serve officially in the French Foreign Legion, there was the indomitable Englishwoman, speeding across the minefields of 'no man's land' directly towards Rommel's deadly Panzer tanks, her foot hard on the accelerator, doing her job: driving the general's car. That it was leading two thousand men in one of the great military exploits of the Second World War, the legendary mass break-out from Bir Hakeim, that it would see her hailed as the heroine of the night and eventually earn her both the Military Medal and the Legion d'Honneur, was not on her mind as the night exploded around her and German artillery lit up the desert sky. Her only thought was this: she was trying to save the life of the man she loved. Tomorrow to be Brave is the story of Susan Travers's extraordinary life, from her privileged childhood in England through her rebellious youth partying her way across interwar Europe, to her rash decision to join the Free French forces at the outbreak of World War II. In search of adventure - and a break from her stifling upper-class world - she could never have dreamed the pivotal role she would play. From her part in the North African campaign through her time after the war serving in the French Foreign Legion as a regular officer - the only woman ever to have achieved this - there was enough adventure and passion, heartbreak and heroism, to fill a hundred lifetimes
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
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Travers, Susan
Dewey number
940.54/1244
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D761.9.L44
LC item number
A3 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1961-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Holden, Wendy
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Travers, Susan
  • France
  • France
  • France combattante
  • Légion d'honneur (France)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Nurses
  • Bir Hakeim, Battle of, Libya, 1942
Label
Tomorrow to be brave, Susan Travers with Wendy Holden
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-281) and index
Contents
A well of memories -- Lonely are the brave -- Dreams of freedom -- The wicked lady -- Lady in waiting -- African dream -- Among strangers -- The finger of fate -- Days of wine and roses -- Into the cauldron -- A pyrrhic victory -- The breakout -- The blood of our hearts -- The smell of victory -- A page turned -- Drawing to a close
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st Free Press ed.
Extent
287 p.
Isbn
9780743200011
Lccn
00051401
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)45247284
  • (OCoLC)ocm45247284
  • 548680
Label
Tomorrow to be brave, Susan Travers with Wendy Holden
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-281) and index
Contents
A well of memories -- Lonely are the brave -- Dreams of freedom -- The wicked lady -- Lady in waiting -- African dream -- Among strangers -- The finger of fate -- Days of wine and roses -- Into the cauldron -- A pyrrhic victory -- The breakout -- The blood of our hearts -- The smell of victory -- A page turned -- Drawing to a close
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st Free Press ed.
Extent
287 p.
Isbn
9780743200011
Lccn
00051401
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)45247284
  • (OCoLC)ocm45247284
  • 548680

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