Sights, sounds, memories : South African soldier experiences of the Second World War
CITATION: Van der Waag, I. (ed.) 2020. Sights, sounds, memories : South African soldier experiences of the Second World War. Stellenbosch: SUN PReSS, doi:10.18820/9781928480914.
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The Second World War involved most of the countries of the world and left so many millions dead and maimed, disorganised and devastated through personal and communal loss. This book recovers some of South Africa’s soldiers’ experiences from the physical and mental debris of the war. Individuals are important; their lives – used as lenses – give us colour and texture, and their voices tell the stories of ordinary soldiers. Using their memoirs and diaries, the vitality of their endeavours is reasserted, their successes and failures, victories and indecencies are re-examined, and their magnanimity and the general triumph of the human spirit are celebrated.