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This is an auction for GUNNER INGLORIOUS by Jim Henderson.

“Jim Henderson was born in 1918 and grew up near Motueka in Nelson. Serving as a gunner in the Middle East with the 2nd NZ Expeditionary Force, he was left for dead in the desert after a German attack killed his gun crew mates at Sidi Rezegh in 1941. "Two years to the very minute in the Army and before breakfast too," he remembered wryly. With a shattered left leg and a chest wound, he lay in the desert for about three days before German help arrived. In his famous book Gunner Inglorious, written to expunge some of the worst memories of his wartime experiences, he recalled his lengthy ambulance ride to a German treatment station, his only companion an unknown man, just a bulge in the stretcher above. Odd drops of blood fell down near his feet, but they ceased. "Looking up, I saw the bulge in the stretcher suddenly twist. I heard a choking strangled groan. Then silence." When the ambulance stopped again, the driver and his assistant buried the man in the desert in the dark night and drove on, stopping occasionally to feel Henderson's pulse and offer him coffee. He was an amputee prisoner of war in Italy for 19 months. Gunner Inglorious has sold at least 100,000 copies through over a dozen reprints and also become a popular stage show. Jim Henderson had one distinct regret in life. In 1986 while screwing on his 13th artificial leg he observed: "Never to run across or down a hill again, following a sheep track, or to run along the beach with your kids - that is the hardest of all."
- from the obituary in the NZ Herald

Penguin paperback 1991.

159 pages.

A previous owner's name on the flyleaf. Otherwise, good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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