Once a Hussar is a vivid account of the wartime experiences of Ray Ellis, a gunner who in later life recorded in this well-written, candid and perceptive memoir the conflict he knew as a young man before. As an impressionable teenager, fired with patriotic pride, he was eager to join the army and fight for his country. He enlisted in the South Notts Hussars at the beginning of the Second World War and started a journey that would take him through fierce fighting in the Western Desert, the deprivation suffered in an Italian prisoner-of-war camp, and a daring escape to join partisan forces in the Appenines. His story is an honest and moving memoir of the horror of warfare, but it also reveals the surprising triumphs of the human spirit in times of great hardship. Ellis’s self-deprecating humour skilfully counters the harsh realities related in a personal recollection of a war that claimed so many young lives.
ONCE A HUSSAR A Memoir of Battle, Capture and Escape in the Second World War
Ray Ellis fought with the South Notts Hussars through the desert campaign before being captured and confined in an Italian PoW camp. He made a daring escape and joined partisans fighting in the Appenines. Ray’s varied and exciting experiences make for a varied, exciting and most unusual war memoir.
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HB, 228 pp