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The Civilian Bomb Disposing Earl (Hardback)

Jack Howard and Bomb Disposal in WW2

WWII

By Kerin Freeman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781473825604
Published: 16th April 2015

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Charles 'Jack' Henry George Howard, GC, 20th Earl of Suffolk & Berkshire, born into the noble formidable House of Howard, possessed extraordinary courage. Jack became an earl at the age of eleven after his father died in WWI in Mesopotamia.

At age thirty-four, Jack's courageous spirit led him to execute a daring mission for the British government in 1940 in Paris. Under the noses of the advancing Germans he snatched top French scientists, millions of pounds worth of diamonds, armaments, heavy water (the only kind in the world), and secret documents. His trip back to England from Bordeaux was fraught with danger in mine and submarine infested waters. His mission remained Top Secret throughout the war years and beyond, even to his closest family. His adventure in Paris earned him the nickname of 'Mad Jack'.

His next chosen mission was again of prime importance and extremely dangerous, a secret more closely guarded than radar. He began working in bomb disposal in close proximity with his secretary Beryl, and Fred his chauffeur, and the three became widely known as The Holy Trinity. Whenever an unexploded bomb was reported, it was quickly brought to the Earl's attention, especially if it was tricky. Thirty four bombs were successfully defuzed by The Holy Trinity and their loyal team of Royal Engineers. The thirty-fifth bomb blew them up.

The Holy Trinity were the only World War II civilian casualties working in Bomb Disposal. King George VI in 1941 awarded the 20th Earl the George Cross for his work for his country, the highest gallantry award for civilians, as well as for members of the armed forces, in actions for which purely military honours would not normally be granted.

This book tells a story of a special kind of men. Men that were no simple heroes. Men that were something more than usual heroes. Something more above.

Author Lee Ness

Fascinating read of civilians during the early days of WWII in England who had to disarm/dispose of unexploded ordnance from Germany.

Amazon Reviewer

The book is a great read for those interested in English history and the little known heroes that survived WWII.

Amazon Reviewer

Until you read this book, you'll have no idea of the achievements of "Mad Jack" Howard, Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire.

To describe all his exploits would ruin the book, but modern life is bring by comparison.

My recommendation to you is : buy it, read it, and enjoy it as much as I did !

Steve Fielding - Social Histroian

An extraordinary story now well-chronicled.

Military Historical Society

Fantastic! A brilliant research job and a bloody good read!

Chris Ransted, author of ‘Disarming Hitler’s V Weapons’
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