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Many years after becoming the youngest person ever to be awarded the VC for attacking a company of Panzer Grenadiers on his own - an action that proved a turning point in one of the major battles of the Second World War - John Kenneally made an extraordinary confession. The courageous hero of the Irish Guards, who had taken on a whole company single-handed was not, in ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by Headline (first published September 6th 2007)
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Chris
Jan 20, 2010 Chris rated it liked it
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More shame than honor here. Fascinating and candid story of a Victoria Cross recipient. Talk about going rogue, he could teach Sarah Palin a few things especially about joie de vivre. An illegitimate son he starts life under a cloud. He deserts from the Royal Army Artillery to join the Irish Guards under an assumed name. OBTW he wanted to be in the Irish Guards because when he was in the brig while in the artillery they had been his jailers and he was impressed by their drill and discipline. In ...more
Michael M
May 22, 2013 Michael M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heard of John Kenneally VC from my father, who was in the same Division of the British Army as the author at the time he won his Victoria Cross in the Second World War, so I was interested to read his autobiography.

I expected it to be a routine war time memoire, but it was much, much more than that.

John Kenneally lived a very interesting and not always legal life, indeed that isn't even his real name (you'll need to read the book to discover how that came about). It tells his story from his bi
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Jul 23, 2013 Trawets rated it really liked it
John Kennealy won his Victoria Cross in North Africa while serving with the Irish Guards, he single handedly repelled an attack by the Germans on a vital but vulnerable hill side position. However John Keneally was not quite what he appeared, he was in fact Leslie Jackson who three years earlier had deserted from the Royal Artillery so he could join the Irish Guards under a false identity, none of which should detract from the bravery he showed in winning the VC nor the bravery he showed later ...more
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Aug 31, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing
A very interesting book about the life of John Kenneally VC, and his World War II service.

It gave me an insight in the the conditions the troops had to face, the attitudes of the local populations, especially in Italy and Palestine (Two places my grandfather visited during his active service).
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John Kenneally was my grandfather and i have read this book many times while growing up. after reading it now at the age of 19 i have a greater understanding of the story and am full of admiration
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John Patrick Kenneally VC was born Leslie Jackson; he took the identity John Kenneally to enlist in the Irish Guards of the British Army during World War Two, under which name he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
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