Monday, 23 June 2014

Elsie and Mairi Go to War by Diane Atkinson

Elsie and Mairi Go to War by Diane Atkinson

'One day they saw an English plane, engine spluttering, flying so low over the trenches they could see the pilot's face. He pancaked into the water. They ran to him across the duckboard walkways to see if her was still alive, arriving just before the Germans who were expecting to take him prisoner and capture the plane. The Germans called out to Elsie asking if he was injured. She snapped back in German (Mairi's translation), 'well what the Dickens do you think after thumping down like that, of course he's wounded and we're going to take him.' The German's agreed but said they would have the plane.'

In Three Words: extraordinary, fascinating, uplifting

This was a disappointedly written piece of non-fiction, but worth reading for the lives of these two amazing women.

Elsie and Mairi Go to War on Goodreads


1 comment

  1. Did you check out my last WW1 post about some early naval battles (posted last Thursday)?

    Next up (well, I'm reading it ATM) is the story of armoured cars - mainly in Arabia - during WW1. After *that* I'm switching to WW2 for a while [grin]


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