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Quartered Safe Out Here: A Harrowing Tale of World War II (urspr publ 1993; utgåvan 2007)

av George MacDonald Fraser (Författare)

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'There is no doubt that [Quartered Safe Out Here] is one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War' John Keegan Life and death in Nine Section, a small group of hard-bitten and (to modern eyes) possibly eccentric Cumbrian borderers with whom the author, then nineteen, served in the last great land campaign of World War II, when the 17th Black Cat Division captured a vital strongpoint deep in Japanese territory, held it against counter-attack and spearheaded the final assault in which the Japanese armies were, to quote General Slim, "torn apart".… (mer)
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Titel:Quartered Safe Out Here: A Harrowing Tale of World War II
Författare:George MacDonald Fraser (Författare)
Info:Skyhorse Publishing (2007), Edition: English Language, 358 pages
Samlingar:George Macdonald Fraser, Ditt bibliotek, Favoriter
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Quartered Safe Out Here: A Harrowing Tale of World War II av George MacDonald Fraser (1993)

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    Defeat into Victory: Battling Japan in Burma and India, 1942–1945 av William Slim (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: George MacDonald Fraser praises Slim very highly, and for the commanding officer's perspective on GMF's soldier's eye view, you can't do better than Slim's self-effacing memoir.
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    With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa av E. B. Sledge (chrisharpe)
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    Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War av William Manchester (superdubey)
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Probably the last work by a soldier of the British Empire. A WW2 Burma campaign (14th Army) junior NCO recounts his service, and does a great job of bringing his largely-Cumbrian section to life vividly in the context of the campaign to Rangoon. A bit challenging to understand in some parts due to dialect, but engrossing. The comparison between the soldier and society of the time and today is quite stark; he is critical of modern society and seemingly rightfully so. It did leave me wanting to read more about the special forces/Chindits and the Imphal campaigns as well, not covered in this book. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Simply the best "I was there" book I've ever read about WWII. ( )
  expatscot | Jun 5, 2019 |
This book immediately grabbed my attention by introducing itself, quite lucidly, with a discussion of personal memory and its notoriously complex relationship with facts. Long ago, I had been schooled on the difference of recalling a "normal" event and that of reliving a "significant emotional experience" and how much more vivid, though not necessarily more broadly encompassing it may be. The author sets the stage candidly for where he is coming from and then launches into a memoir of his experience in the armed forces fighting the Japanese in Burma during World War II. While the setting is clearly different, I found myself frequently thinking of my experiencing Robert Lewis Stevenson's Treasure Island, so many decades ago. This was a real adventure, and it brought back the feeling I had so very long ago reading my first fictional adventure. The author's style brings the reader right along with him through each setting. The reader becomes part embedded reporter and part individual hearing someone tell a story in a relaxed gathering of friends. The story shifts gear often with healthy doses of humor and suspense, never flagging in its ability to maintain interest. An extra bonus comes with the author relating his war experiences to veterans of the first Iraq War which had occurred just before he wrote the book. It was rather remarkable how much of what he had to say applied every bit as well today. I certainly can see people reading this book or not based purely on it being a book about war, but I think those that bypass it will miss the insight that relates so keenly to how humans have everyday life experiences. ( )
  larryerick | Apr 26, 2018 |
military memoir of World War II written by the author of The Flashman Papers series of novels. describes in graphic and memorable detail Fraser's experiences as a 19-year-old private in The Border Regiment fighting with the British 14th Army against the Imperial Japanese Army during the latter stages of the Burma Campaign in late 1944 and 1945.[1] This included his participation in the Battle of Meiktila and Mandalay and the Battle of Pokoku and Irrawaddy River operations.
The military historian Sir John Keegan wrote: "There is no doubt that it is one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War."[2] The book has also been praised by the English author Melvyn Bragg and the American playwright David Mamet.[3]
The book's title is a quotation from Rudyard Kipling's 1890 poem "Gunga Din"[4] and is ironic since Fraser certainly was not "quartered safe out here" while serving in Burma during one of the final campaigns of the war.
Fraser notes that he is offering a soldier's view of the Burma campaign rather than the already well-told officer's view.
a devoted fan of the Flashman books, I think other devotees will also enjoy the book. Fraser's trademark dexterous use of the language employed by his Cumberland 'marras' (mates) brings the characters vividly to life. He introduces the reader to topics little known but of historical importance (aside from the Burma campaign itself there is the battle of Imphal and Kohima that stopped the 1944 Japanese invasion of India). The writing is crisp and a joy to read. In addition to Fussell's Wartime, I would also suggest that the reader try E.B. Sledge's memoir With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa. Readers may also enjoy Fraser's lesser known works of historical fiction based on his later WW II experiences in the Middle East, The Complete McAuslan: All the Hilarious McAuslan Stories in One Volume.
  MasseyLibrary | Mar 26, 2018 |
Author's memoirs of serving in Burma in World War II. He tells of his experiences on the front lines, some harrowing. Conversations among the soldiers are recounted in the Northern England dialect of most of his unit. ( )
  NoTalentHack | Nov 19, 2016 |
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You may talk o' gin and beer
When you're quartered safe out here,
An' you're sent to penny fights an' Aldershot it,
But when it comes to slaughter
You will do your work on water
An' you'll lick the bloomin' boots of 'im that's got it.

Rudyard Kiping, Gunga Din
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For Jack, Andrew, Harry, and Tom, some day, the tale of a grandfather
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It is satisfying, and at the same time slightly eerie, to read in an official military history of an action in which you took part, even as a very minor and bewildered participant.
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Wrap up all my care and woe,
Here I go, swinging low, Bye-Bye Shanghai. Wont somebody wait for me, Please get in a state for me, Bye-bye Shanghai.Up before the colonel in the morning. He gave me a rocket and a warning:

"You've been out with Sun Yat Sen, You won't go out with him again!"

Shaghai! Bye-bye.
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'There is no doubt that [Quartered Safe Out Here] is one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War' John Keegan Life and death in Nine Section, a small group of hard-bitten and (to modern eyes) possibly eccentric Cumbrian borderers with whom the author, then nineteen, served in the last great land campaign of World War II, when the 17th Black Cat Division captured a vital strongpoint deep in Japanese territory, held it against counter-attack and spearheaded the final assault in which the Japanese armies were, to quote General Slim, "torn apart".

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