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Posted - 31/07/2016 :  14:01:57  Show Profile Send Michaelbully1 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Good afternoon

Would really welcome people's views concerning the poet Vernon Scannell and how deserters in World War 2 are viewed.

Vernon Scannell enlisted in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1940 and served in the North Africa campaign. At Wadi Akarit in 1942 he deserted, but was soon captured and placed in a military prison.
He was released with the remainder of his sentence suspended and Scannell took part in the D Day landings, getting wounded in Normandy. He absconded a couple of times when convalescing back in Britain then finally went on the run after the War ended without waiting to be formally demobbed.
One of this autobiographies 'Argument of Kings' is highly recommended.
'Walking Wounded ' is his most famous poem though when asked to select a poem he had written for the War Poets Association website shortly before his death in 2007, he chose ' Casualty Mental Ward'.
There is also a superb biography of Scannell published in 2013 by one James Taylor.
Has got me thinking of whilst playing such a significant role in defeating the Axis powers was such an achievement for Britain and the Empire, what happened to deserters and those who had breakdowns whilst serving has been overlooked.
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