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    DescriptionIn 1931, at the age of 21, Douglas Bader was the golden boy of the RAF. Excelling in everything he did he represented the Royal Air Force in aerobatics displays, played rugby for Harlequins, and was tipped to be the next England fly half. But one afternoon in December all his ambitions came to an abrupt end when he crashed his plane doing a particularly difficult and illegal aerobatic trick. His injuries were so bad that surgeons were forced to amputate both his legs to save his life. Douglas Bader did not fly again until the outbreak of the Second World War, when his undoubted skill in the air was enough to convince a desperate air force to give him his own squadron. The rest of his story is the stuff of legend. Flying Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain he led his squadron to kill after kill, keeping them all going with his unstoppable banter. Shot down in occupied France, his German captors had to confiscate his tin legs in order to stop him trying to escape. Bader faced it all, disability, leadership and capture, with the same charm, charisma and determination that was an inspiration to all around him.


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    Title
    Reach for the Sky
    Subtitle
    Story of Douglas Bader, D.S.O., D.F.C.
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Brickhill
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780304356744
    ISBN 10: 0304356743
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: D786
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JWG, WGM
    LC subject heading: ,
    Libri: B-092
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15570
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100, BIO006000
    DC21: 940.544941092
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJ, 1DBK
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, DNBH, JWCM, NHD, NHWL, WGM
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPBL
    Edition statement
    MMP Latest Reissue
    Illustrations note
    8
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Cassell Military
    Publication date
    20 August 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    During the war Paul Brickhill was shot down over German territory and sent to a prisoner of war camp. After the war he wrote about the numerous escape attempts in which he was involved in THE GREAT ESCAPE.
    Review text
    A "gut" book in which intestinal fortitude is the answer to a life without legs. Douglas Bader lost both of his in an airplane crash, nearly died in the operations following it, determined he would walk on his artificial legs without a cane - and did - and managed to return to the British Air Force. When the Air Ministry "retired" him, he made the best of civilian life but when World War II broke, Bader was back in a flash and quickly built himself a reputation which eventually carned him his own squadron. Flying, fighting, his example was an inspiration to all the men, his score of Me's mounted and when he was taken prisoner, his spare leg was flown over to him. He managed one escape, and with the war's end has continued his career in the clouds.....It's quite a story and it never forgets the amazing and sensitive support given by his wife, Thelma, whose understanding complemented his courage and determination. Something. (Kirkus Reviews)