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This book tells of the adventures of four men of different nationa.lities eho find themselves caught up in the maelstorm of the Second World War. Each of them told their dtories to Bruce Lewis, who has skillfully managed to preserve theMoreThis book tells of the adventures of four men of different nationa.lities eho find themselves caught up in the maelstorm of the Second World War. Each of them told their dtories to Bruce Lewis, who has skillfully managed to preserve the idiosyncrasies of the contrasting cultures and of the backgrounds of t5he four men.Odell Dobson came from Virginia, and at the time when his adventures really began he was a waist-gunner in a B-24 Liberator. On September 10, 1944, His plane was shot down over Hanover, Germany. Dobson bailed out, was taken prisoner, gradually covered from his wounds, and was liberated at the end of the war. He recounts the drama of life as a transient prisoner of war.George Poacher Paine came from the east end of London. He repeatedly volunteered for active service, but was turned down on each occasion until one day he was told that he had been chosen for a parachute course, a turn of events which was to take him, via North Africa, to Arnhem and into the hands of the Germans.Helmut Steiner grew up in Cologne happily absorbed in the Nazi indoctrination of the 1930s, and went off to the Russian Front as a tank driver, utterly convinced of the invincibility of the Third Reich. Defeat in the East did not altogether shatter his ideals.Antonio Bennettis childhood was spentvariously in Venice, Padua, Milan, and Rome. When Italy Entered the war he was an officer in the 7th Alpini Regiment-a regiment of ski commandos. The extraordinary story of his units journey to Russia and back makes a fitting climax to the book.Bruce Lewis has, as far as possible, told each mans story in his words. The result gives a fascinating insight into the effects of background and nationality on each mans attitude to war. Odells stoicism, Paines chirpy good humor, Steiners fanaticism, and Bennettis awareness of the futility of it all seem to sum it up in microcosm the attitudes of the countries which they served.