The Englishman's Daughter: A True Story of Love and Betrayal in World War I
The Englishman’s Daughter is the never-before-told story of the ...more
They are soon discovered by the villagers of Villeret, a tiny village occupied by the Germans. The locals take the bold decision to shelter them in the barns and houses around the village, right under the nose of the enemy. Their uniforms are hidden, and t ...more
August 1914: After British decimation at the Battle of Mons, four soldiers hide out in rural France. Read by Tom Goodman-Hill.
2/5: Suspecting that enemy soldiers are posing as civilians, the Germans warn the French not to hide them.
3/5: As the British soldiers settle into the French village, complications arise when one falls in love.
4/5: The German hold on the French village intensifies, but the British soldiers are determined to escape.
5/5: May 1916: The last da ...more
What is striking is the depravity of the 'Boche', the German military, in stripping the French of every morsel of food, personal possession, furnishings, jewelry, and finally, blowing up the village housing and church. Especially when this rapaciousness repeated in 30 years with WWII, on an even greater scale across Eur ...more
It takes place in France during World War I behind the enemy lines in a small French village located near the Western Front in the Somme River Valley. The villagers in Villeret were under the rule of the occupying Germans and this story unfolds during a period of 18 months during their lives.
The author, a respected journalist for the London Times came upon the story when he was sent to cover a small ceremony in the vill ...more
It stems from an unpromising invitation to attend a memorial service for four British soldiers who wre executed during the first World War. Having discovered that France kept thousands of first hand testimony following 1918, and then forgot about them, he uncovers a remarkable series of events that took place in one small vil ...more
This is a fast read and covers one small but compelling story from WW1, but the intimacy and journalistic immediacy end up delivering deeper meaning than you might get from a more traditional strategy- or battle-focused overview of the war.
Because you spend the story focused on a small count ...more
"The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic." (Attributed to Joseph Stalin)
While reading MacIntyre's account of one man's fate during World War I, I couldn't help but reflect on the above quote. Truly, it's easier in some ways to accept the deaths of thousands of nameless, faceless individuals than come to terms with the death of single person whose name and face become known to us. It might be argued that the central figure in this book, Robert Digby, died a "good d
If you're looking for a detailed wartime love story, you're not really going to find it here. The author does a great job in his research but is limited by the fact that the eyewitnesses to (and subjects of) the love story have long since pas ...more
At the close of the ceremony, an elderly woman in a wheelchair seeks out Macintyre to tell him the story of how seven British soldiers had been protected by the village, three of whom eventually esca ...more
So I was very pleased to acquire the book “A Foreign Field” No it’s not about this particular barn, but about a group of soldiers who lost their unit and was sheltered by the French. It’s about a young soldier who falls in lo ...more
Nine British soldiers are trapped behind the German line after the series of advances and retreats at the beginning of the war that preceded the laying down of trenches.
Forced to hide in a tiny French village until they could make it back across the trenches to the Allied forces, Robert Digby and his comrades disguise themselves as Picardy peasants, growing long mustaches and learning the local patois. Digby takes the disguise even further, falling in love with a local girl and fathering a chil ...more
It is heartbreaking to read of the level of suffering, death, destruction and deprivation of WWI and WWII not only to soldiers, families and society as a whole but especially the French country folk who ...more
Like I said, this book is hard to put down. Macintyre attempts to solve the mystery and I think his conclusions are sound, despite the many years dividing the even ...more
In July 2006, Macintyre wrote an article in The Times entitled "How wiki-wiki can get sticky", criticising the limitations of Wikipedia. He cited the self-regulation system as inadequate when literally "anyone" could add supposed "facts" to Wikipe ...more