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By Harry Leslie Smith

At 22, the warfare is over for RAF serviceman Harry Leslie Smith - the now 92-year-old activist and writer of the acclaimed Harry's final Stand - however the conflict for romance and desire rages on. Stationed in occupied Hamburg, a urban bodily and emotionally ripped aside by way of Allied bombing, and decided to flee the grinding poverty of his Yorkshire formative years, Harry abruptly unearths a cause to stick: a tender German lady by means of the identify of Friede. As their love develops, they have to face either German suspicion and British disapproval of kinfolk with 'the enemy'.

Harry's ardent, straight-from-the-heart memoir brings to existence a urban diminished to rubble, populated with refugees, black marketeers, corrupt businessmen and cynical squaddies. It's a distinct image of a negative interval in Europe's historical past, and a passionate love letter to a urban, to a lady, and to existence itself.

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