Start your review of Happy Odyssey Write a review Shelves: classic , history , biography , manliness "After an examination the surgeon pronounced my skull intact, ordered me a bottle of champagne and told me that by miracle a machine-gun bullet had gone straight through the back of my head without touching a vital part. For those of you who have never heard of lieutenant general Adrian Carton de Wiart I can say that "unkillable british soldier" perhaps "After an examination the surgeon pronounced my skull intact, ordered me a bottle of champagne and told me that by miracle a machine-gun bullet had gone straight through the back of my head without touching a vital part. For those of you who have never heard of lieutenant general Adrian Carton de Wiart I can say that "unkillable british soldier" perhaps comes closest to home. He was a solider who participated in three wars Boer war, WW1, WW2 and got shot in the groin, head, eye twice , stomache, and fingers which he had to amputate them himself. One should of course be critical of the memoir as he de Wiart notes in the beginning that he has not kept a diary throughout the years.
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Brami They were being attacked by German ski troops, machine gunned and bombed from the air, and the German Navy was landing troops to his rear. This was demonstrated early in his military career.
Commander of the Legion of Honour of France. He flew to Namsos to reconnoitre the location before the troops arrived. The man was barking. Once in the memoir he considered committing suicide rather than be taken as a prisoner by the enemy as he held a high profile within the British army.
He left no papers. He frequently exposed himself in the organisation of positions and of supplies, passing unflinchingly through fire barrage of the most intense nature. During that time, he helped plan several elaborate escape plans with his fellow prisoners mainly generals and did end up escaping, but was recaptured about ten days later.
Carton de Wiart s extraordinary military career embraced service with the Somaliland Camel Corpsliaison officer with Polish forces 19 Adrian Carton de Wiart s autobiography is one of the most remarkable of military memoirs.
Africa General Service Medal. While I was being sown up Lieutenant Simmons adrin an attempt on the threshold, but he had the back of his head blown off by one of these soft bullets and was killed instantly.
Carton de Wiart was a high-profile prisoner. Happy Odyssey To me war and politics seem bad mixers, like port and champagne. Happy Odyssey by Adrian Carton de Wiart. Yugoslavia and the Allies. A real bunch of characters. About Adrian Carton de Wiart. We need a few more like him, if only to add colour, gaiety and a piratical aspect to our drab world. He was a real player in great power politics.
This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat Both engines failed off the coast of Italian-controlled Libyaand the plane crash landed in the sea about a mile from land. Waugh was familiar with Carton de Wiart through a club to which he belonged. One of the few books that actually has me doubled over with laughter.
First-rate Monsters — the Mapp and Lucia novels of E. He eventually made it doyssey England and into a hospital where he slowly recovered, and the doctors also succeeded in extracting a large amount of shrapnel from his old wounds. The book is extremely interesting and reads a great deal like a friendly conversation. The Polish-Soviet War A life -affirming and amusing read. Missionary Discourses of Difference.
Feb 13, James Clifton rated it it was amazing. Fascinating from the first page. Looking through the footnotes and bibliography, I stumbled upon some information on his life and bare bones wixrt. No trivia darian quizzes yet. The next hit was in my elbow, and I plucked a large but not too damaging splinter from it. State Failure in Sub-Saharan Africa. Carton de Wiart was to accompany an Italian negotiator, General Giacomo Zanussi, to Lisbon to meet Allied contacts to negotiate the happt.
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He, himself, was intended for the law, but abandoned his studies at Balliol College, Oxford, in to serve as a trooper in the South African War. He abandoned the law for all time on 14 September when he received a direct commission in the 4th Dragoon Guards. Churchill was a great admirer. Both these command were terminated by wounds. He was wounded eight times during the war including the loss of an eye and a hand , won the VC during the Batlle of the Somme, was mentioned in despatches six times, and was the model for Brigadier Ben Ritchie Hook in the Sword of Honour trilogy of Evelyn ePub Waugh.