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Interesting and rare experiences of WWII written by a man who lived an interesting life. Harold Guard reveals many previously unknown facts and details in this audiobook. Well narrated too. Definitely worth your time!
John Tring is to be congratulated for his efforts in giving his Grandfather a new 'voice'.
This is an accessable account that reflects Guard's jounalistic approach, rather than a dry piece of academic history.
My own opinion is the narrator fails to do justice to the text in so important a work.
Where a even a slight pause to indicate a new paragraih or chapter would seem appropriate, the narrative continues. This is most noticeable when there is a shift from actual description of an event to a broader change in activity. For me this did detract from the account. Perhaps this is an editing problem.
I also expect that a considerable amount of material has been omitted, which may be available through UP 's own archives.
Harold Guard's astute observations of events as he actually experienced them is complimented by his similar well reasoned comments regarding some of the high profile people he came in contact with during his postings.
What I most appreciated though was the immediacy of Guard's accounts of events as they were occuring and his reporting style. The descripion of his activity and time as the Japanese pushed through Malaya and Singapore fell, was more poignant for his restraint. This is also true of his reports and observations in New Guinea and Northern and Central Australia.
A small pdf with photos and maps would be a great asset. This is especially so for the aircraft the Air Forces were flying .
I do highly recommend this and suggest also looking at a hard copy.