By Peter Rees
A whole biography of the guy often called CEW Bean - conflict correspondent and reliable historian of worldwide warfare I - that for the 1st time captures and portrays the essence of the fellow, his paintings, his impact on Australian background, and the way Australians have obvious themselves within the century because the nice battle.
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Extra info for Bearing Witness: The Remarkable Life of Charles Bean, Australia's Greatest War Correspondent
At any rate, every shop we then entered greeted us at the front door, and the employees stood in line to serve us. The few other customers in the shop did not seem to matter. Of course, we had to have all articles prepared in a hurry. My suits, for example, would normally take 2 weeks to be made; I asked to have them in 2 days. ” But with a financial incentive, they could. I imagine that they went around the back door and arranged to share the work and the profit with their neighboring competitors, but, of course, we shall never know.
There were some 800 people in the camp. There was no shower and no warm water. Standing in front of a small wash basin with cold water and trying to wash down one’s body was obviously rather unpleasant. Maybe some of the inmates Back to Cambridge 17 avoided doing it, and that also was unpleasant. I had represented myself as a carpenter, and because I could read architectural plans, I was made carpenter foreman of a team of inmates who were to build new facilities for the camp (actually not for our benefit, but for use as an army camp at a later date).
I went through the medical and fitness examinations and various other tests and was declared suitable for acceptance. But then, the security services came out with the ruling that persons who had previously been Austrian citizens could not be accepted into the Royal Air Force. So I had to resign myself to entering the engineering course in Cambridge. Those were not good times to start at the University. The courses were all shortened so as to make more manpower available for the war effort. The great departments such as the Cavendish physics laboratory were drained of talent.
Bearing Witness: The Remarkable Life of Charles Bean, Australia's Greatest War Correspondent by Peter Rees