|King of the Commandos (Gimlet #1)
|University of London Press, Ltd.
|fiction, World War II
This book starts by introducing us to Corporal Albert Edward Collson, nicknamed “Copper” (an ex-policeman) and Private “Trapper” Troublay (handy with a bow and arrow). Whilst on a mission in France in the midst of World War II, they meet 16 year old “Cub” while awaiting the return of their leader. The leader of the commandos is Captain Lorrington King D.S.O., M.C., nicknamed “Gimlet”. Gimlet has been captured by the Germans but is soon freed by Copper and Trapper and the three commandos return to England taking Cub with them. Cub had gone to France during the Dunkirk evacuation in order to find his father. Left behind, he had joined up with other youngsters into a resistance organisation known as ‘The Grey Fleas of the North’. Back in England, the commandos get Cub to join them to act as liaison with the ‘Fleas’ and assist them with missions in France.—Excerpts from gimlet.com. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Johns, W. E. (William Earl)
William Earl Johns (1893-1968), better known as Capt. W. E. Johns, was a British author noted for his juvenile fiction featuring stories about pilots and flying. Johns first career was as a sanitary inspector but he soon gave it up to enlist in the army at the beginning of World War I. He saw action during the Gallipoli Campaign and also served garrison duty in Egypt. Afterwards he applied to serve in the Royal Flying Corps. He was posted to a flying school in England where he trained pilots. In the 1930s he began to write fiction basing his stories on his flying experience. All told he wrote over 150 novels and short stories for young boys and girls. (wejohns.com)
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