And Some Fell on Stony Ground: A Day in the Life of an RAF by Leslie Mann

By Leslie Mann

And a few Fell on Stony Ground is a quick tale by way of Leslie Mann, released in organization with the Imperial battle Museums. A rear gunner within the RAF, he used to be shot down in Whitley Bomber in a raid over Düsseldorf on June 20, 1941.

After the struggle, as well as operating for Pathé information and as a global struggle correspondent, he chronicled his reports as an RAF "Bomber Boy" in a fictional narrative.

Award-winning historian Richard Overy offers a close advent. The Guardian's Richard J. Evans defined his booklet, The Bombers and the Bombed, as "the most vital e-book released at the heritage of the second one global conflict this century."

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65 The reasons for this “swarm” were complex and multifaceted, and they defy the identification of a single cause. ”66 The late twentieth century, in short, offered a warm climate for the cultivation of war memory, particularly that connected to the Second World War: the passage of fifty years called forth an age of nostalgic reflection, especially among the children of the baby-boomers; a spate of anniversaries and large-scale commemorative ceremonies drew media attention; trials of Nazi war criminals turned attention back to the horror of the Holocaust; the end of the Cold War opened up space for a final celebration of the Good War’s ultimate victory; and military action in the Gulf suggested that an American-led military 32 Introduction alliance could still vanquish evil when the moment demanded.

For more on the development of this operational focus in the Red Army, see Richard Harrison, The Russian Way of War: Operational Art, 1904–1940 (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2001). 28. David Glantz and Jonathan House, When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1995), covers the Russian approach to the Eastern Front in commendable detail. 29. Even the joyous news releases made by Allied leaders contained the suggestion that other landing sites were potentially forthcoming.

For a few examples of this psychological literature, see M. Conway and M. Ross, “Getting What You Want by Revising What You Had,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 47 (1984), 738–48; J. L. McClelland, “Connectionist Models of Memory,” in The Oxford Handbook of Memory, ed. E. Tulving (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), 583–95; U. Neisser, and L. K. Libby, “Remembering Life Experiences,” The Oxford Handbook of Memory, ed. E. Tulving, 315–32; Ulrich Neisser and Ira Hyman, “Snapshots or Benchmarks,” Memory Observed: Remembering in Natural Contexts (San Francisco: W.

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