This is another book which was sent to me for review and I have to say that it was very interesting reading, especially when the Author is a Lady. Some women are really amazing. I mean really amazing. What would you say if I tell you that I know one who has done a book about Bomb Disposal, Defusing Airplane Bombs (duds), and this kind of stuff? And I am not talking about defusing old rusty bombs excavated today (2018). No! No way, I am talking about bombs that were dropped, which didn’t explode and which remains laying on the ground when the German airplanes were gone. Bombs made to kill, some being voluntary equipped with delay firing devices, some ticking, or even ticking and smoking. These beasts were quietly laying on the ground like waiting to be moved by someone to go off. And these devices killed a lot of these Bomb Disposal’s heroes.
As told early, I got a copy of Kerin’s book today in the mail from Pen & Sword Books Ltd in the UK. The first thing I have to say is that the name of this Publishing House says it all. The quality of the work is perfect and the book looks beautiful.
Charles ‘Jack’ Henry George Howard, GC, 20th Earl of Suffolk & Berkshire, born into the noble formidable House of Howard, possessed extraordinary courage. Jack became an earl at the age of eleven after his father died in WW-1 in Mesopotamia. At age thirty-four, Jack’s courageous spirit led him to execute a daring mission for the British government in 1940 in Paris. Under the noses of the advancing Germans, he snatched top French scientists, millions of pounds worth of diamonds, armaments, heavy water (the only kind in the world), and secret documents. His trip back to England from Bordeaux was fraught with danger in mine and submarine infested waters. His mission remained Top Secret throughout the war years and beyond, even to his closest family. His adventure in Paris earned him the nickname of ‘Mad Jack’. His next chosen mission was again of prime importance and extremely dangerous, a secret more closely guarded than radar. He began working in bomb disposal in close proximity with his secretary Beryl, and Fred his chauffeur, and the three became widely known as The Holy Trinity. Whenever an unexploded bomb was reported, it was quickly brought to the Earl’s attention, especially if it was tricky. Thirty-four bombs were successfully defused by The Holy Trinity and their loyal team of Royal Engineers. The thirty-fifth bomb blew them up.
The Holy Trinity was the only World War II civilian casualties working in Bomb Disposal. King George VI, in 1941, awarded the 20th Earl the George Cross for his work for his country, the highest gallantry award for civilians, as well as for members of the armed forces, in actions for which purely military honors would not normally be granted.
The last words go to Kerin because she is a friend and she rocks! Kerin Freeman began working as a scientific proofreader for The European Journal of Biochemistry in Belgium. There, working with words became like a love affair. Later, Kerin moved to New Zealand and began working freelance for an international medical publisher. For the past sixteen years, she has been busy editing scientific/medical/humanities theses, legal documents, novels, film scripts, and autobiographies. Her long obsession with books and history led her to write War and Chance. She is currently working on other projects.