The war, they said, would be over by Christmas. That was in 1939, and it is now January 1944. An exhausted Britain faces another year of conflict.
Meanwhile, small coastal villages in Devon are facing an invasion from an army just as foreign as that of the Germans. The Americans are smart, well-fed and well-equipped, and they have swept the bewildered citizens of South Devon from their homes in deadly earnest rehearsal for D-Day.
As the beaches echo to the sound of bullets and the local church to the strains of Glenn Miller, Americans and English are thrown together with sometimes hilarious, sometimes painful and puzzling results.
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Interesting but tedious
old style writing at its best
Leslie Thomas writes in a style that can easily be put down and picked up again at a later date. The plot is simple but for persons of a certain age believable, a past way of life.
The captain of the transport boat after being injured epitomises the "stiff upper lip" of the time.
All in their way.
The loss of the boy when his curiosity with the grenade blew him up.
A great listen or read that is quite compulsive.
- michael l williams