And Some Fell on Stony Ground (Paperback)
A Day in the Life of an RAF Bomber Pilot
Leslie Mann, Richard Overy
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A unique glimpse of the deadliest profession of the Second World War.
In June 1941, Flight Sergeant Leslie Mann, a tail gunner in a British bomber, was shot down over Düsseldorf and taken into captivity. After the war, wanting to record the experiences of the RAF’s ‘Bomber Boys’, he gave voice to his private thoughts and feelings in a short novella, uncovered only after his death.
Visceral, shocking and unglamorous, this compelling story transmits as rarely before the horrors of aerial warfare, the corrosive effects of fear, and the psychological torment of the young men involved. The sights, sounds, smells, and above all the emotional strain are intensely evoked with a novelist’s skill.
And Some Fell on Stony Ground is introduced by historian Richard Overy, author of the acclaimed book, The Bombing War (2013).
Richard Overy is an award-winning historian best known for his remarkable books on the Second World War and the wider disasters of the twentieth century. His most recent book, The Bombing War, was described by Richard J Evans in the Guardian as ‘Magnificent … must now be regarded as the standard work on the bombing war … It is probably the most important book published on the history of he second world war this century’
He is Professor of History at the University of Exeter and lives in London.