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Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes

There are instances of heroic deeds that had no immediate witness, such as the Scholls’s attempt in 1943 to raise their nation’s conscience, suppressed by Hitler’s propaganda machine. The Canadian physicist Dr. Slotin acted in 1946; but since ‘the bomb’ was supposed to be fail-safe, his feat was not released to the public. A KGB commissar gagged Captain Marinesco in 1945, just as Moscow’s rulers silently did away with Colonel Maleter in 1956 as a hindrance for their political ambition. In the case of Parteigenosse Duckwitz in 1943, nobody discovered that he was behind the betrayal of the Nazi plan, and he wouldn’t publicise his disloyalty to his Führer. It took faith and courage for a Palermo priest to go up against the Sicilian Mafia in 1993. Holding out against impossible odds was a Yankee pilot in a clapped-out aircraft in 1941, and a British battalion against an entire army in Korea 1951. And there is the sergeant who in 1916 blundered into an ‘impregnable fortress’ and then took it single-handedly.

These are a few brave man and women who dared to stand up and be counted. Some had to pay a bitter price for remaining loyal to their principles, but all of them changed the course of history.
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Genre: Humanities / History / History: Earliest Times To Present Day / 20th Century History: C 1900 To C 2000

On Sale: 6th March 2014

Price: £6.49

ISBN-13: 9781444769692

Reviews

A collection of cracking adventure stories told with infectious enthusiasm, in a book that allows the reader to virtually participate in momentous history-changing events
Waterstone's Books Quarterly
PRAISE FOR THE HINGES OF BATTLE: 'The Hinges of Battle is more or less a sequel to Durschmied's previous book and is just as readable'
Nicholas Fearn, Independent on Sunday
PRAISE FOR THE HINGE FACTOR: 'His tales of mayhem and confusion can be gripping, informative and genuinely idea-provoking. He reveals again and again, the casual impact of happenstance.'
Independent
Gripping, riveting. Fascinating. Even when you're sure you know what happened and whodunit, Erik Durschmeid provides another twist.
Scotsman
An entertaining and fascinating read
Lancashire Evening Post
This entertaining book considers the errors and incidents that have shaped the world as we know it rather than as we planned it might be.
The Times