Book Description

Hamburg 1947 by Harry Leslie Smith

The Indie Book of the Day for 13th of July 2012!

Genre: Memoir, History

Twenty-two years old and ready for peace, Harry Leslie Smith has survived the Great Depression and endured the Second World War. Now, in 1945 in Hamburg, Germany, he must come to terms with a nation physically and emotionally devastated. In this memoir, he narrates a story of people searching to belong and survive in a world that was almost destroyed. Hamburg 1947 recounts Smith’s youthful RAF days as part of the occupational forces in post-war Germany. A wireless operator during the war, he doesn’t want to return to Britain and join a queue of unemployed former servicemen; he reenlists for long term duty in occupied Germany. From his billet in Hamburg, a city razed to the ground by remorseless aerial bombardment, he witnesses a people and era on the brink of annihilation. This narrative presents a street-level view of a city reduced to rubble populated with refugees, black marketers, and cynical soldiers. At times grim and other times amusing, Smith writes a memoir relaying the social history about this time and place, providing a unique look at post-WWII Germany. Hamburg 1947 is both a love story for a city and a passionate retailing of a love affair with a young German woman.

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IBD Editorial Verdict

We have heard many stories about the war and the brave men who fought them, but not enough tales to provide an insight on the lives of the men part of the occupying forces in the aftermath. Hamburg 1947: A Place for the Heart to Kip by Harry Leslie Smith is set in the post war era with a compelling story and never heard before descriptions and portrayal of the devastated city.

Book Insight

  • File Size: 362 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Barley Hole LLC; Second Edition edition (May 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008216N7S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled

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Harry Leslie Smith was born in 1923,in Barnsley,Yorkshire. He is a veteran of the RAF and the Second World War. After the war, Smith spent several years in Hamburg, Germany as part of the Allied occupation force. During his military tour in Germany, Harry Smith developed a strong attachment to the German people, their culture and their language. He returned to Great Britain after being demob and worked in various professions in Yorkshire. Smith became disillusion with life and prospects in 1950’s Britain and eventually emigrated to Canada with his wife. In Canada, Harry worked in the oriental carpet trade. He specialized in designing and importing unique creations from all over the Middle East, the former Soviet Bloc and Afghanistan. Since his retirement from the business world, Harry Smith has been a writer of memoirs and social history. He is the author of 1923, Hamburg 1947, The Barley Hole Chronicles and the soon to be published Empress of Australia. Currently, he divides his time between Canada, Great Britain and Portugal.

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