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Biggles defies the Swastika Biggles Old Enemy Von Stalhein Has Heard That He Is On A Recon Mission In Norway And Is Determined To Track Him Down


About the Author: W.E. Johns

Invariably known as Captain W.E Johns, William Earl Johns was born in Bengeo, Hertfordshire, England He was the son of Richard Eastman Johns, a tailor, and Elizabeth Johns n e Earl , the daughter of a master butcher He had a younger brother, Russell Ernest Johns, who was born on 24 October 1895 He went to Hertford Grammar School where he was no great scholar but he did develop into a crack shot with a rifle This fired his early ambition to be a soldier He also attended evening classes at the local art school.In the summer of 1907 he was apprenticed to a county municipal surveyor where he remained for four years and then in 1912 he became a sanitary inspector in Swaffham, Norfolk Soon after taking up this appointment, his father died of tuberculosis at the age of 47.On 6 October 1914 he married Maude Penelope Hunt 1882 1961 , the daughter of the Reverend John Hunt, the vicar at Little Dunham in Norfolk The couple had one son, William Earl Carmichael Johns, who was born in March 1916.With war looming he joined the Territorial Army as a Private in the King s Own Royal Regiment Norfolk Yeomanry , a cavalry regiment In August 1914 his regiment was mobilised and was in training and on home defence duties until September 1915 when they received embarkation orders for duty overseas.He fought at Gallipoli and in the Suez Canal area and, after moving to the Machine gun Corps, he took part in the spring offensive in Salonika in April 1917 He contracted malaria and whilst in hospital he put in for a transfer to the Royal Flying Corps and on 26 September 1917, he was given a temporary commission as a Second Lieutenant and posted back to England to learn to fly, which he did at No 1 School of Aeronautics at Reading, where he was taught by a Captain Ashton.He was posted to No 25 Flying Training School at Thetford where he had a charmed existence, once writing off three planes in three days He moved to Yorkshire and was then posted to France and while on a bombing raid to Mannheim his plane was shot down and he was wounded Captured by the Germans, he later escaped before being reincarcerated where he remained until the war ended.



10 thoughts on “Biggles defies the Swastika

  1. says:

    A good Biggles story, moving along quickly with half way plausible action and some of it is genuinely thrilling, especially the flying.Early in World War Two, Biggles is doing reconnaissance in Norway when the Germans invade and he finds himself marooned in occupied territory With some daring, he uses, without permission, a German motor cycle to escape across the border into neutral Sweden This is where the story gets interesting becau


  2. says:

    Enid Blyton s Famous Five and Billy Bunter were my childhood go to books while Biggles filled my early teens, so I just couldn t resist when I came across the audio version of Biggles Defies the Swastika Good wholesome fun in which Biggles outwits a not very smart set of Gestapo officers Those guys were so na ve and trusting that I got a whole new understanding of why Hitler s men lost the war Good honest fun, but really only for the young.


  3. says:

    Not long ago I reviewed a book by John Boyne on my blog Randomly Reading called The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket This was a really good fantasy novel about a boy who floats and must be weighed down to stay on the ground Barnaby has a dog named Capt W.E Johns, which caused me to laugh when I read that There is no explanation why that is the dog s name, but I and others, I am sure know exactly who Johns is Captain W.E Johns was a very


  4. says:

    Een aaneenschakeling van een onwaarschijnlijke reeks toevalligheden duwt Biggles in een kat en muisspel met de Duitsers die net Noorwegen bezet hebben Als spion tegen wil en dank is zijn leven in gevaar, toch kan hij Noorwegen niet verlaten Eerst mag het niet, dan kan het niet en later wil hij niet Ginger en Algy komen hem te hulp maar bakken er ook niet veel van Om beurten worden ze gevangen genomen waarbij het aan de andere n is om voor de noodzakelijke red


  5. says:

    I loved it


  6. says:

    Action packed from beginning to end, this gripping adventure features Biggles, his chums and his old adversary von Stalhein in occupied Norway during the Second World War The twists, turns, devious disguises and splendid schemes come thick and fast as Biggles, Ginger and Algy evade the clutches of the Nazis again and again One of the best Biggles stories I have ever read, which is high praise.


  7. says:

    B17 This book was on my shelf for many years, but somehow unreadEarly moments of WW2, situated in Norway.It nicely describes the mayhem after a Nazi conquest.Was surprised to find members of the regular German army officers, expressing their attitude towards Gestapo Nazi s B17 This book was on my shelf for many years, but somehow unreadEarly moments of WW2, situated in Norway.It nicely describes the mayhem after a Nazi conquest.Was surprised to find members of the regular German arm


  8. says:

    Ye e s well, a bit of fun to read, but not half as good as his earlier Great War stories.


  9. says:

    it s a reread project


  10. says:

    Good adventure with variety of charactersEasy to read, thoroughly good descriptions and characters Takes me back to school days which was a long time ago.


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