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    The Last Gentleman of the SAS: A Moving Testimony from the First Allied Officer to Enter Belsen at the End of the Second World War (Hardback) By (author) John Randall, By (author) M. J. Trow

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    DescriptionIn 1945, John Randall was the first Allied officer to enter Bergen-Belsen - the concentration camp that would reveal the horrors of the Holocaust to the world. Now in his 90s, Randall was one of that league of extraordinary gentlemen handpicked for suicidally dangerous missions behind enemy lines in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany throughout the Second World War. He was a man of his class and of his times. He hated the Germans, liked the French and was unimpressed by the Americans and the Arabs. He was an outrageous flirt, as might be expected of a man who served in Phantom alongside film stars David Niven and Hugh Williams. He played rugby with Paddy Mayne, the larger-than-life colonel of the SAS and winner of four DSOs. He pushed Randolph Churchill, son of the Prime Minister, out of an aeroplane. He wined and dined in nightclubs as part of the generation that lived for each day because they might not see another. This extraordinary true story, partly based on previously unpublished diaries, presents a different slant on that mighty war through the eyes of a restless young man eager for action and adventure.


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    Title
    The Last Gentleman of the SAS
    Subtitle
    A Moving Testimony from the First Allied Officer to Enter Belsen at the End of the Second World War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Randall, By (author) M. J. Trow
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 565 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781780576671
    ISBN 10: 1780576676
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: BGHA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: JWDG
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000, HIS037070, HIS027130
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJ, 1DBK
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    DC23: 356.167092
    Thema V1.0: NHD, DNBH1, JWCG
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU
    Illustrations note
    1 x 8pp col
    Publisher
    Mainstream Publishing
    Imprint name
    Mainstream Publishing
    Publication date
    27 March 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    After his wartime career, John Randall ran a highly successful business training school and is now happily retired. Adored by his wife, children and grandchildren, he still has passionate feelings about the events of 79 years ago and is the quintessential English gentleman, a quiet man of integrity and with a steely resolve that has carried him through his long and fascinating life. Mei Trow is a military historian who has recently ghostwritten Survivor, the story of Holocaust survivor Sam Pivnik (Hodder and Stoughton, 2012) and Survivor on the River Kwai (Penguin, 2013). The author of 60 books, Mei's output has covered detective fiction, true crime and historical biography.