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Tomorrow to be brave

Author: Susan Travers; Wendy Holden
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Free Press edView all editions and formats
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"It was early spring 1942, and under the pitiless sky of the Libyan desert the climax of the great siege of Bir Hakeim was about to begin. General Koenig, the commander of the Free French and the Foreign Legion in North Africa, and his two thousand troops had been surrounded for fifteen days and nights by Rommel's Afrika Corps. Outnumbered ten to one, pounded by wave after wave of Stuka and Heikel bombers, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Autobiographies
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Personal narratives, British
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Travers, Susan.
Tomorrow to be brave.
New York : Free Press, 2001
(OCoLC)630123624
Named Person: Susan Travers; Susan Travers; Susan Travers
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Travers; Wendy Holden
ISBN: 0743200012 9780743200011 9780743200028 0743200020
OCLC Number: 45247284
Description: 287 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: A well of memories --
Lonely are the brave --
Dreams of freedom --
The wicked lady --
Lady in waiting --
African dream --
Among strangers --
The finger of fate --
Days of wine and roses --
Into the cauldron --
A pyrrhic victory --
The breakout --
The blood of our hearts --
The smell of victory --
A page turned --
Drawing to a close.
Other Titles: Memoir of the only woman ever to serve in the French Foreign Legion
Responsibility: Susan Travers with Wendy Holden.
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A memoir of the only woman to ever serve in the French Foreign Legion, the unique story of Susan Travers is told against the backdrop of war-torn France. Photos.  Read more...

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Andy McNab author of "Bravo Two Zero" and" Firewall" A thrilling and compelling story, historically fascinating, and a great read besides.

 
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