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This is the story of Douglas Bader, a man who has become a legend in his lifetime. Discharged from the R.A.F. after losing both legs in an air crash in 1931, he fought his way back to become one of the great heroes of the Battle of Britain. lie was shot down in one of the first sweeps over France, and as a captive became the en/ant terrible of a succession of prison camps.

For his personal bravery and in- inspiring leadership during the war he has already been widely honoured; he holds that rare combination, the D.S.O. and bar, and D.F.C. and bar, as well as the Legion d'Honneur and the Croix de Guerre.

But this book seeks to match the excitement and the inspiration of his war deeds with the story of his greater battle, the battle which he fought alone; it honours his more enduring achievement in the cause of humanity, the new horizons he has opened for the physically disabled, by his personal example and by the triumph of his spirit over a cruel adversity. Above all, it reflects his strong sense of humour which makes the story even more memorable.

PAUL BRICKHILL, like Douglas Bader, was shot down by a Messerschmitt whilst in action. As a captive in German prison camps he heard many R.A.F. stories which he gathered, and published as Escape to Danger. Next he wrote The Great Escape followed by The Dam Busters, a very popular Companion selection, and Escape or Die.

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