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  • Title: Tomorrow to Be Brave: A Memoir of the Only Woman Ever to Serve in the French Foreign Legion
  • Author: Susan Travers TaylorHolden
  • ISBN: 9780743200011
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Tomorrow to Be Brave: A Memoir of the Only Woman Ever to Serve in the French Foreign Legion By Susan Travers TaylorHolden It was early spring 1942, and under the pitiless sky of the Libyan desert the climax of the great siege of Bir Hakeim was about to begin General Koenig, the commander of the Free French and the Foreign Legion in North Africa, and his two thousand troops had been surrounded for fifteen days and nights by Rommel s Afrika Corps Outnumbered ten to one, pounded by wave afterIt was early spring 1942, and under the pitiless sky of the Libyan desert the climax of the great siege of Bir Hakeim was about to begin General Koenig, the commander of the Free French and the Foreign Legion in North Africa, and his two thousand troops had been surrounded for fifteen days and nights by Rommel s Afrika Corps Outnumbered ten to one, pounded by wave after wave of Stuka and Heikel bombers, the general and his men seemed doomed Though their situation was hopeless, they chose to reject the Desert Fox s demand for surrender Instead, one moonless night, the French made an audacious and suicidal bid for freedom by charging directly through the German lines Leading the way was Susan Travers The only woman ever to serve officially in the French Foreign Legion, there was the indomitable Englishwoman, speeding across the minefields of no man s land directly towards Rommel s deadly Panzer tanks, her foot hard on the accelerator, doing her job driving the general s car That it was leading two thousand men in one of the great military exploits of the Second World War, the legendary mass break out from Bir Hakeim, that it would see her hailed as the heroine of the night and eventually earn her both the Military Medal and the Legion d Honneur, was not on her mind as the night exploded around her and German artillery lit up the desert sky Her only thought was this she was trying to save the life of the man she loved Tomorrow to be Brave is the story of Susan Travers s extraordinary life, from her privileged childhood in England through her rebellious youth partying her way across interwar Europe, to her rash decision to join the Free French forces at theoutbreak of World War II In search of adventure and a break from her stifling upper class world she could never have dreamed the pivotal role she would play From her part in the North African campaign through her time after the war serving in the French Foreign Legion as a regular officer the only woman ever to have achieved this there was enough adventure and passion, heartbreak and heroism, to fill a hundred lifetimes This, in her own words, is her story It is a tale of exceptional courage against overwhelming odds and of an epic love affair played out against the backdrop of war as she risked everything for the country and the man she loved.
    Susan Travers TaylorHolden
    Travers was born in Southern England, the daughter of a Royal Navy admiral, but grew up in the South of France, where she was a semi professional tennis player, speaking French and English with equal facility Upon the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, Travers joined the French Red Cross as a nurse, but later became an ambulance driver with the French Expeditionary Force in Finland With the German invasion of Denmark and Norway, she retreated from Denmark to Finland She then escaped by ship to Iceland and returned from there to England where she joined General Charles de Gaulle s Free French forces.By 1941, she was the chauffeur for a medical officer of the 13th Demi Brigade of the French Foreign Legion, during the Syrian campaign in which Vichy French legionnaires fought Free French legionnaires She was nicknamed la Miss by the legionnaires She then travelled to North Africa via Dahomey and the Congo During that journey, she had a brief affair with Georgian nobleman and Foreign Legion officer Dimitri Amilakhvari She was then assigned as driver to Colonel Marie Pierre Koenig and also became his lover.In late May 1942, as the Afrika Korps prepared to attack Bir Hakeim, Koenig ordered Travers and other women out of the area The Germans attacked on 26 May Not long after, Travers joined a convoy into the rear area and Koenig agreed to her requests to return to Bir Hakeim, since he felt the German attack was a failure However, during the following fortnight, the Luftwaffe flew 1,400 sorties against the defences of Bir Hakeim, whilst four German Italian divisions attacked on the ground.On 10 June, Travers drove Koenig s staff car during the retreat The column ran into minefields and German machine gun fire Koenig ordered Travers to drive at the front of the column Despite the risk from Axis air and ground forces, the column managed to make their way to the British lines the following day Travers vehicle had been hit by eleven bullets, with a shock absorber destroyed and the brakes unserviceable Her affair with Koenig ended after this battle, when he returned to his wife.Travers went on to serve in Italy, France, and Germany, where she respectively drove an ambulance, lorry, and a self propelled anti tank gun After the war she applied to and was formally enrolled in the L gion trang re, as an Adjutant Chef.Travers served in Vietnam, during the First Indochina War She married Adjutant Chef Nicolas Schlegelmilch, who had fought at Bir Hakeim with the 13th Demi Brigade They had two sons In retirement, they lived on the outskirts of Paris.In 2000, aged 91, assisted by Wendy Holden she wrote her autobiography, Tomorrow to Be Brave A Memoir of the Only Woman Ever to Serve in the French Foreign Legion , having waited for all the other principals in her life story to die before writing it.Travers was decorated with the L gion d honneur, Croix de Guerre and M daille Militaire.Susan Travers died at the age of 94 She was survived by a son, Thomas, and two granddaughters, Adela and Eleanor.

    Tomorrow to Be Brave: A Memoir of the Only Woman Ever to Serve in the French Foreign Legion By Susan Travers TaylorHolden

    Commentaires:

    KOMET
    This is a FANTASTIC and poignant memoir, one of the best that I ve read for a long while When I first picked up this book and read its flyleaf, what it described seemed too incredible to be true Susan Travers, born in England from a materially comfortable albeit not affluent background, with parents of Victorian sensibilities not well matched for each other, went to live in France with them in the early 1920s There, after finishing school, she learned to live life to the full, feeling French th [...]

    Anna
    What an amazing lady Susan Travers was and has been the only woman to be allowed to join the French Foreign Legion A lot of people asked to write her memoir, but she chose to wait until she was over 90, and her husband and all previous lovers that have their part in the memoir were dead She was on active duty during the WW II, but tells about her life also before the war War, fights even though she wasn t on the frontline but a driver and sometimes a nurse , exotic locations in war time Africa, [...]

    Kelly
    This woman sounds absolutely amazing newsc 2 hi uk_news ma

    Jim
    The modern military member will probably be doing a lot of head shaking while reading this autobiography This is definitely not your typical war story as it is written by the only woman to enlist in the Foreign Legion In this capacity, Ms Travers was not actually involved in combat except dodging the odd shell and, through blind luck, she managed to drive her General lover through the encircling German armour at Bir Hakeim For much of her time in Africa Travers lived in relative luxury as the Ge [...]

    Kay
    Definitely a book worth spending time and attention to for its unique historical value I was gripped by the story of this lady s life, from her self confessed frivolity of the 1920 s and 30s to her entrance into the war and the French Foreign legion Her honesty in describing her life, love and war experiences is very obvious and the fact she waited until no one could be affected by this candid portrayal of her life shows dignity, tact and sensitivity Highly recommend reading this and finding ins [...]

    Ria
    A totally absorbing and moving book, I read this in one read through until the early hours of the morning Susan Travers left her privileged, somewhat frivolous life in Europe to join the Free French forces at the outbreak of World War II which she spent mostly in Africa This book was educational, inspirational and a heartbreaking love story.

    Carrie
    This was an amazing read Susan Travers lived an amazing life, and the story is fascinating It was a surprise that noted and excellent chick lit author Wendy Holden was the co author on this book, and the book was eminently readable and well paced This would be a great choice for a reader during women s history month.

    Jon Wort
    A remarkable account of a remarkable woman Serving with the French Foreign Legion and surviving the battle of Bir Hakeim she capture both the hardship, her love for General Koenig and life on the front line.It is a moving book in parts with some very emotional chapters tinged with sadness However, throughout it shines with her zest for life, her bravery and her enduring I love for the Legion and General Koenigwsc 1 hi magazine 8As a book it is easy to read and I had no trouble in reading it in a [...]

    Jo
    An easy and enjoyable read about an unconventional women in less permissive and extraordinary times She doesn t make herself out be a hero, despite her obvious courage and provides a rare level of insight into the mindset and emotional states of both herself and her fellow soldiers in the midst of battle I found it thoroughly enjoyable and quite relatable.

    Strivetoengage
    I posted my review on my blog strivetoengage.wordpress

    Femke
    Dit is zeker geen boek dat ik zelf zou kiezen in een bibliotheek of boekenwinkel Maar wanneer enkel de beperkte selectie boeken beschikbaar is van mijn vader, dan grijp ik al snel naar de enige niet thriller in heel de stapel Een boek met vergeelde bladeren en een oude, gestoffeerde groene kaft, met op de eerste pagina de krullende lettertjes van de initialen van mijn grootvader Op zich prikkelde dat genoeg mijn nieuwsgierigheid om dit boek open te slaan.Normaal houd ik niet zo van biografie n, [...]

    Anna
    I bought this book in Cheap Book Warehouse as I was looking for engaging story to read As I m a little bit interested in French Foreign Legion, I took it immediately And I didn t reagret that Great story of a brave woman, who didn t fear anything She served in one of the best and the toughest military formation in whole world The ony woman that was enlisted as French Foreign Legion soldier and in a rank of officer First legionaire that married a legionnaire and gave a birth to a child.

    Bruce
    As time passes it seems works on women during World War Two are appearing This is an exciting, easily read memoir by the only woman to become a member of the French Foreign Legion Much of the book is about her time attached to the legion as an ambulance driver as the legion saw action in the Middle East and North Africa She recounts her parts in some of the battles and in the resistance of and then breakout from Bir Hakeim.

    Don
    This is one of the best war time biographies I ve ever read Words like awesome and incredible don t do it justice What a remarkable woman Edge of the seat action, heart rending romance, this book has it all and it is written in a very readable, candid, matter of fact style To the memory of a very courageous lady, this story deserves to be made into a movie.

    Mireille
    Wonderful The book made me want to search up different items on internet and therefore so intresting and have learnt so much about the French Legionnaires Susan Travers, humor, brave,loyalty and what an adventurous life she has read I can recomend this book to everyone Anyone know if it has been filmed yet, there were plans.

    Christine
    While I love most French books, this one was totally about the war she was in I really don t need a blow by blow of every single battle she saw I wanted a tad on her life as well What there was of that was depressing I skimmed most of the book Just couldn t hack it Bleh.

    Benedict Reid
    An autobiography you can sort of tell writings not her thing but such an interesting story There have been so many second war world accounts over the years, but along with The one that got away , this is the most original If only she could write with a bit of flare.

    Jeanette
    Dit boek las ik in de Nederlandse vertaling De geliefde van de kolonel Het is briljant geschreven Menselijke relaties, moed en geschiedschrijving het zit allemaal in het verhaal van Susan Travers.

    Amara Thornton
    a good read aristocratic young lady joins the french foreign legion and goes to north africa to fight rommel or at least drive one of the men who fights rommel around.

    Hulananni
    Almost difficult to believe this is non fiction Amazing story of love, war, passion, death Great read.

    Lisa Vizcarra
    This is a very moving story If you are tired of reading the same old stuff about WWII, then this book will make you think about the larger picture of War, life and love.

    Ingeborg Kooiman
    Een fascinerend boek, dat leest als een trein Het is bijna niet te geloven dat dit geen fictie is maar waargebeurd.

    Nancy
    A very enjoyable true story about a brave Englishwoman caught up in the tank wars in the deserts of Africa in WWII.

    Martin
    great read, flows well,well written and looking at a personal account of this persons life.

    piet van genderen
    De bijzondere geschiedenis van een dappere vrouw die zich staande wist te houden in het Franse Vreemdelingenlegioen tijdens diverse acties in de tweede wereldoorlog Onderhoudend geschreven.

    Amy Hoodock
    Fascinating historical account of an upperclass British woman who grows up in France and works with the Free French in WWII and then joins the Foreign Legion after the war.

    Betty
    This was really interesting as I knew so little about the Second World War in North Africa Names I had heard of such as El Alamein became far real.

    Daren
    Well written, fascinating story.

    Pat
    An extraordinary biography of an amazing woman

    Hannah
    This is possibly the most amazing book I have ever read, once you pick it up you will not put it down And you will read it over and over again A phenomenol insight in the world of one women.

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