Private Rawson’s War

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A selection of the letters written home to his mother by a soldier who served in Iraq, Palestine and other parts of the Middle East during the 2nd World War.

Read by Paul Panting.

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When war broke out in 1939 Tony Rawson was working as a gas fitter for the Watford and St. Albans Gas Company. He joined the army in June 1940 and became a vehicle mechanic in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. He spent the next 5 years in the Middle East where his first posting was Basra in Iraq. From there, and from the other bases where he was stationed in Persia (Iran), Syria, Lebanon and finally Palestine, Tony wrote home virtually every week to his mother in Watford about the army, the war, the people he met, his friendship with many Arabs and Jews, the things he did (including learning Arabic and French), his hopes and ambitions for his post-war life. This audio book is a selection of those letters.

Paul Panting has featured in many BBC Radio Drama plays and recorded Daniel Tammet’s Born on a Blue Day for Book of the Week. He’s a regular reader of audio books and provides voices for many animation series including Chugginton for the BBC and Franny’s Feet for Channel 5. Paul’s TV appearances include DCI Mumford in Silent Witness as well as roles in such series as Lewis, Holby Blue, East Enders, Casualty and The Bill.

The introduction and historical context are presented by Alan Grace, archivist and historian of the British Forces Broadcasting Service.

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Weight .14 kg

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Alan Grace – Historian and Archivist for BFBS

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1 review for Private Rawson’s War

  1. Michael Bartlett

    “There is something intensely immediate about listening to individuals’ wartime experiences, especially when they concern a part of the world where so much still hangs in the balance. The text is skilfully edited and read with straightforward honesty by Paul Panting.”
    Christina Hardyment – The Times

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