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Train to Nowhere One Woman s War Ambulance Driver Reporter Liberator Train to Nowhere is a war memoir seen through the sardonic eyes of Anita Leslie a funny and vivacious young woman who reports on her experiences with a dry humour finding the absurd alongside the tr

  • Title: Train to Nowhere: One Woman's War, Ambulance Driver, Reporter, Liberator
  • Author: Anita Leslie
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  • Page: 294
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  • Train to Nowhere: One Woman's War, Ambulance Driver, Reporter, Liberator By Anita Leslie, Train to Nowhere is a war memoir seen through the sardonic eyes of Anita Leslie, a funny and vivacious young woman who reports on her experiences with a dry humour, finding the absurd alongside the tragic Daughter of a Baronet and first cousin once removed of Winston Churchill, she joined the Mechanized Transport Corps as a fully trained mechanic and ambulance driver duriTrain to Nowhere is a war memoir seen through the sardonic eyes of Anita Leslie, a funny and vivacious young woman who reports on her experiences with a dry humour, finding the absurd alongside the tragic Daughter of a Baronet and first cousin once removed of Winston Churchill, she joined the Mechanized Transport Corps as a fully trained mechanic and ambulance driver during WWII, serving in Libya, Syria, Palestine, Italy, France, and Germany Ahead of her time, Anita bemoans first rate women subordinate to second rate men, and, as the English army forbade women from serving at the front, joined the Free French Forces in order to do what she felt was her duty Writing letters in Hitler s recently vacated office and marching in the Victory parade contrast with observations of seeing friends murdered and a mother avenging her son by coldly shooting a prisoner of war Unflinching and unsentimental, Train to Nowhere is a memoir of Anita s war, one that, long after it was written, remains poignant and relevant With a new introduction by Penny Perrick.

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    1. This book was first published in 1948 Anita Theodosia Moira Leslie Nov 21, 1914 Nov 5, 1985 was born in Ireland and was the daughter of a baronet and a cousin of Winston Churchill via his mother Jennie Churchill was Anita s great aunt Anita followed many of her peers in volunteering for active service in World War II She served in the mechanized Transport Corp as a mechanic and ambulance driver Princess Elizabeth also served as mechanic and ambulance driver but had to stay in England Anita serve [...]

    2. First published in 1948, this is a memoir of a woman s role in World War II Anita Leslie came from a privileged, and well connected, background Winston Churchill s mother was her Great Aunt Jennie, and the Prime Minister invited her for lunch, both at Chequers and in France, during this book Having grown up wearing his cast off baby clothes, she thought him a mixture of a cherub and a bulldog, and mused on how little Hitler and Mussolini understood, the mettle of England, as she enjoyed his comp [...]

    3. I enjoy historical pieces I hoped to enjoy this memoir of an upper class young woman who volunteered as an ambulance driver during WWII Her interesting experiences, however, are muddled she prattles on about this or that with no cohesiveness of thought It read like a stream of consciousness which became extremely difficult to decipher and comprehend because of poor transitioning of context and bouncing around The author had many experiences, but regretfully, they are a hodgepodge in this memoir. [...]

    4. GNab I received a free electronic copy of this memoir from Netgalley, Bloomsbury Caravel Publishers, and the heirs of Anita Leslie in exchange for an honest review Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me This personal history was originally published in 1948.This is a very different account of the major battles of WWII Anita Leslie takes us with her as she travels through all of the major the battles of World War II on four fronts from autumn of 1940 through the end of 1945 Because the [...]

    5. Having read so many books based on either personal experiences or as a story based on some facts, Anita Leslie s memoirs came as a bit of a shock It seems slightly sardonic, slightly sarcastic view of life on four war fronts which by itself is remarkable She served as an ambulance driver and obviously saved hundreds of lives, braving a lot of horror but the story is told like as if its from a distance and there is no personal involvement A job has to be done, its done well and thats it In this c [...]

    6. 5 starsSynopsis Anita Leslie was a society girl who joined the Mechanized Transport Corps as a driver and mechanic during WWII As part of the MTC, she was stationed in Libya, Syria, and Palestine When the MTC was disbanded, Leslie decided not to join the British version of ambulance drivers, because the women didn t work on the front Instead, she joined the Free French Forces, and saw action in Italy, France, and Germany.What I liked this seemed to be a very honest and surprisingly impartial acc [...]

    7. Leslie, a cousin of Winston Churchill, had the dysfunctional aristocratic upbringing of a Wodehouse novel sketchy schooling, left with grandparents on an Irish estate with its own local IRA contingent, expected to be blithe, flappery and flirtatious and never, ever get sunburned Instead, while her two brothers joined the British military, Leslie signed up for the womens Motorized Transport Corps to drive ambulances, and this memoir follows her from the half assed training camp under the Battle o [...]

    8. This is an amazing book It was written during WWII by a fearless woman who wouldn t normally have been allowed in war zones, and she goes through different countries and war zones as an ambulance driver with an adventurous attitude and a keen eye.As she goes from North Africa to the European theater, the battles get closer and the encounters dangerous She s with the Free French Army as they liberate Paris, watches the Berlin liberation parade from the grandstand, visits Hitler s office, and is [...]

    9. Train to Nowhere is a WWII memoir by Anita Leslie, a first cousin once removed of Winston Churchill.Anita joined the Mechanized Transport Corps, an organization favored by upper class women, as a fully trained mechanic and ambulance driver, and sailed for Pretoria Working their way northward, they tended wounded in stifling heat and hot winds in Cairo when the MTC was incorporated into the Auxiliary Territorial Service Not wanting to be stuck in Egypt when the war moved elsewhere, she got the jo [...]

    10. Excellent book, especially if you want to know what it was REALLY like during the push into France and then Germany after D day Anita Leslie, cousin of Winston Churchill, originally joined up with MTC as a trained mechanic and ambulance driver Initially posted to Egypt, then Syria and Lebanon, she writes about the people she encounters there , which I found particularly interesting when considering the current conflict in Syria Anita is keen to be where the action is, and when the war starts to [...]

    11. What a marvellous war Anita Leslie had Daughter of a Baronet and related to Winston Churchill,she had a privileged life and sought excitement in her life despite there being a war raging throughout the world Down to earth and scatty in equal parts,this book is a thoughtful and playful account of a well bred female ,who trained as an ambulance mechanic and driver and ended up being posted to Cairo,Syria and the Lebanon and eventually ended up in the European theatre of War These young women were [...]

    12. Train to Nowhere is a great first person account of World War II but only in the singular view of Ms Leslie without external context making it somewhat hard to place in the greater story of the way Additionally, I felt Ms Leslie represented a limited and pampered view as she spent most of her service away from the front lines and included comments about the lack of proper maids and How sick I grew of these tales how could one want to live in such a world and e occupation seemed exceedingly dull [...]

    13. Train to NowhereOne Woman s War, Ambulance Driver, Reporter, Liberatorby Anita LeslieBloomsbury Publishing Plc World Bloomsbury CaravelBiographies Memoirs , TravelPub Date 24 Aug 2017 I am reviewing a copy of Train to Nowhere through Bloomsbury Caravel and Netgalley Anita Leslie wasn t a likely person to find on the battlefield during World War Two In 1940 England Anita reads an advertisement searching for Women drivers ready to go to Africa.From November 1940 to February 1941 they lived in the [...]

    14. This book sounds amazing Everything about it it right up my alley written by a woman, her true story about working during the war Traveling, helping, surviving, interacting with all different people I wanted to be intrigued and inspired Expected to be wowed and enthralled None of that happened This leaves me feeling cheated, empty, confused, and conflicted How could a book that everything about it even down to the cover seems to call to me leave me so flat There is SO much here Her details are i [...]

    15. Reluctantly I gave up and was unable to wade through any of this.The narrator was born in 1914 and the area she describes is a regular news item today so it should be a really interesting read But I didn t find it so.She writes as a 1920s flapper rather than the generation after that and despite whatever bravery is undoubtedly involved it tends to focus on wealthy friends whom she dined with.To be fair, as someone from Churchill s family, who would otherwise have been cubbing that is, killing y [...]

    16. This book was a real surprise, at the beginning I found it a little rambling, but as I got into it, I understood this book could not be written any other way It would just have been heartbreaking, and just s0 difficult to read as it would have been to write This way it told the story, many stories in the form of reminiscing and telling the tremendous jobs done n the war behind the scenes with factual play within I loved the book, even to the point in shedding a few tears in one particular part I [...]

    17. A thoroughly enjoyable read, this book was first published many years ago and I m glad it s been republished Anita is what I would term a redoubtable woman able to look back with a dispassionate and sometimes humorous eye on her experiences in World War II, where she encountered some horrific situations and events The book provides an insight into how women were viewed at the time undeterred, Anita carved herself a niche.It was a privilege to read this book, and I am filled with admiration for t [...]

    18. 3.5 out of 5 stars A no nonsense telling of a young British lady s time spent as an ambulance driver during WWII driving for different companies but finally ending up with the French in France and then in Germany as the war ended A real life relative of Winston Churchill This was an interesting read with lots of crazy encounters and experiences as one would expect My thanks to NetGalley, Bloomsbury Caravel, and the author, for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my review.

    19. I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.A brilliant read showing the bravery and friendships of women during WWII on the front line.It also shows the horrific side of war.

    20. This book was a real surprise, at the beginning I found it a little rambling, but as I got into it, I understood this book could not be written any other way It would just have been heartbreaking, and just s0 difficult to read as it would have been to write This way it told the story, many stories in the form of reminiscing and telling the tremendous jobs done n the war behind the scenes with factual play within I loved the book, even to the point in shedding a few tears in one particular part I [...]

    21. Fabulous account of how Anita Leslie got into the war effort in WWII She was a cousin of Winston Churchill and set off to work as an ambulance driver in France, North Africa, the Middle East The style is typical of the time and her class and she does give some references to some politicians who played a prominent role in the war These are tales now from a long ago war which still resonates today, and books such as this allow us to keep the personal connection to the past.

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