A Long Way Home

I loved reading this book. Another war book; yes but every war book has more of a story than just killing one’s adversity. War books written by men and women who were in the war can be books more valuable than gold. Memoirs of war written by thinking people show us the inside of people’s minds and hearts, we read people, we understand people, then and only then do we understand war. 
War is about people and how people get on together. It’s about friendship, mateship, hardship. Suffering and adversity bring people together. But alas such also divides people. We see great division in war but on both sides each side fights with such unity. Life long friends are made in war. But people get killed in war. Soldiers are trained to simply kill the enemy. It’s kill or be killed. You are not taught to think in war, you are taught only to obey. Soldiers are trained to work together. It’s team work of the highest kind. You watch my back I watch yours. And after the war the lucky ones return home. 
How men and women can follow such people like Hitler is amazing. People want someone to lead them, to protect them, to feed them, to house them, to tuck them up in bed and say they love them. How humans of all ages act like little children. We want our cult leaders. We are so alone we want to join the group following the cult leader. We want purpose in life. Cults give purpose. Cults follow personality figure heads. Hitler was a cult leader and he led many people to their (hellish) deaths, Heil Hitler.  
A Long Way Home written by Charles Granquist is a well worth read. Charles reigns from Australia, he joins the infantry and soon ships out to the Middle East. This is an adventure for Charles, just 17 years old (lowered his age to join up) and seeing the world at the Government expense. Charles fought in North Africa and Greece. He was captured by the Germans in Greece. Or to be exact he was caught on a Greek Island. No adventure now for Charles but years of internment. A POW. Charles was no dummy, he adapted and survived. At war’s end he married a Russian bride and returned home to Australia. 
Yours Sincerely; Lester John Murray.


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