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Secret Heroes of WW II by Eric Chaline

This impressive hardback reveals the stories of some of the spies, scientists and other heroes from World War II, including photographs, backstories and detailed accounts of these fascinating people.

There is the backroom hero Reginald Jones, an intelligence officer who, through scientific trickery, fooled enemy pilots into dropping their bombs in open country rather than their intended targets.

Another backroom hero may be more well-known thanks to a recent movie, but Robert Oppenheimer directed the team of scientists that developed, built and tested the first atomic bombs that were pivotal in ending the war.

There is the espionage hero Nancy Wake, nicknamed ‘the White Mouse’, who was one of the most formidable wartime SOE agents.

Mordechai Anielewicz was a resistant hero in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, leading the Jewish Fighters Organisation. He is presumed to have died on 8 May 1942.

Alexander Perchersky was an escape hero, a Russian Jew, who led the largest escape of Jews from a German extermination camp in 1943.

These are just a few examples of the people featured in this well-produced book—remarkable people remembered for their feats of daring in extraordinary times.

Reviewer: Karen McMillan

Exisle Publishing


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