Popski's Private Army

Popski's Private Army

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Story of one of the Second World War's most unlikely heroes.show more

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Ill.
  • 0552072907
  • 9780552072908

Review Text

Most welcome reprint of one of the earliest and best autobiographies to come out of the war against Hitler. Vladimir Peniakoff, nicknamed Popski, was an engineer of Belgian nationality and White Russian origin who worked in Egypt from 1924 and got to know the western desert intimately. He collected a few dozen friends and soldiers, whom bureaucrats tried to call Number One Demolition Squadron. Renamed Popski's Private Army, they did invaluable work behind the recognized desert fighting line, alongside the Long Range Desert Group and the Special Air Service, in reconnoitring the Axis enemy and unsettling his rear areas by subterfuge. They moved on into Italy in 1943 to work with such resistance forces as they could find. Peniakoff saved Ravenna from Bombardment, and held a victory parade - while German troops were still in the city - in St Mark's Square in Venice. He fought a clean war, well; his book is as lively and as original as himself. (Kirkus UK)show more

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