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Extraordinary and Entertaining Stories from the Memoirs of WWII
survivor Douglas Baker, spoken by the actor Ronald Pickup.

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War, Wine and Valour

Written by Douglas M. Baker, read by Ronald Pickup

Commemorating 75 years since VE Day and the end of WWII

History in the making, experienced and survived by a courageous yet sensitive young school boy who risked life and limb to defend the principles of democracy.

Ronald Pickup, a renowned British actor, delivers a brilliant action-packed reading for this abridged war audio book of Douglas Baker’s intrepid autobiography of WWII. He captures an authentic portrayal of the passion and playfulness of youth, the psychological challenges of men at bay, the terror of war and the unexpected humour, as artfully described by Douglas in his own words.

Not another run-of-the-mill rendering of war stories, this is the story of a 16-year-old youth who began his journey to manhood when he volunteered to fight with the Natal Mounted Rifles on the warfront in the desert of northern Africa, as well as in Italy, against the inhumanity of Hitler’s fascism.

This is a virtual page-turner with its vivid description of all manner of war, including friendships forged for life, the loyalty of comradeship on the front lines of the Battle of El Alamein, the biting sandstorms, the betrayal of cowardice, and the challenges and inspiration of the “walking wounded.”

War Audio Book Running Time: 2hrs 30mins

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About The Author

Dr. Douglas Baker B.A., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., F.Z.S.

Douglas Baker, English born and raised in South Africa, pursued extensive scientific research into the complexities and mysteries of Man’s mind.

His transformative experiences during the Second World War, when twice severely wounded, set the pattern for his life-long investigations into the meaning of life and the Powers Latent in Man.

He graduated in the Arts & Humanities in South Africa and qualified in medicine at Sheffield University (UK) in 1964.

Having taught in the East End schools of London for 10 years, he began his tour of the Western world giving lectures and seminars in Esoteric Healing, Esoteric Anatomy, Esoteric Astrology, Esoteric Psychology, Esoteric Science and Metaphysics. He gave more than 15,000 lectures and attracted people from all over the world to his Esoteric Science Festivals and International Summer Schools staged in America, Canada, England, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

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About The Narrator

Ronald Pickup

Ronald Pickup

Ronald Pickup is one of Britain’s most recognisable character actors and is highly respected for his work on stage and screen, appearing in many Shakespeare productions playing roles such as Richard II and Henry IV.

He gained great critical acclaim for his performance as Titus Andronicus in 1984. He is well known around the world for his roles in The Mission (1986), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), and his appearances in the television series Downton Abbey (2015).

War, Wine and Valour

Historic Background

the natal mounted rifles
ww2 north-africa campaign
great battle
allied victory weakens rommel's
ww2 afrika
ww2 celebration
ww2 VE day around the world

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